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Updated by Fusion 360 on Nov 10, 2014
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8 Reasons and Conditions a Business Can Be Sued for Personal Injury

Businesses are required to perform a certain level of care and protection for their employees as well as their patrons. If and when these standards are not met, employers are bound by legal action to award compensation to the injured parties

Listed below are eight circumstances in which personal injury lawyers from Utah to the East Coast are able to win case settlements for individuals injured due to a business’s shortcomings.

Injury Caused by an Employee

Businesses, in some circumstances, are held liable for employees’ actions. For example, Utah laws stipulate that if a bartender serves alcohol to an inebriated person and that person causes an accident, the business will be held liable.

Failed Duty of Care

Businesses are held to provide a court mandate degree of safety for individuals on property. Some basic standards of care include: warning signs indicating a wet floor; repair damaged walkways and maintaining an overall reasonably safe environment.  

Different businesses are held to different duties of care, so the general guidelines for are broad. One should seek the counsel of personal injury lawyers if uncertain about a business's liability for a sustained injury.

Breach of Duty

If a business is found having neglected to fulfill one of its duties of care, courts recognize this as a breach of duty. An example of this is if a Utah ski resort is required to warn patrons of icy walkways, fails to do so and someone slips.

Proving Harm Cause by Breach of Duty

In order for our hypothetical Utah ski resort to be found guilty, the patron who fell must demonstrate “causation” and “damages”. It must be shown that the company’s breach of duty caused the slip and that the customer actually incurred an injury, or damages.


An act is determined negligent if a business is found guilty of failed duty of care, breach of duty, causation and damages. When all four of these elements point to the business, personal injury lawyers are easily able to secure proper settlement for victims.  

On the Job Injuries

Businesses aren’t just liable for customers, they’re responsible for employees as well. Depending on the nature of the accident, a business may be required to compensate injured workers.

An Employee Is On-the-Clock

Generally, an employer is considered responsible for an employee once he or she is clocked-in.

Unique Circumstance

There are some cases so novel that it can be difficult to determine who is at fault. The best way to navigate these unfamiliar waters is to seek out personal injury lawyers to help determine the responsible party.




Mitchell Reber is a writer for Adams Davis PC. He writes for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find him on Google+

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