In the United States, every state has laws on its books that hold property owners liable for the condition of their premises. Here in California, a property owner is required to maintain a safe premises and address any hazards that could result in injury. If a person is injured or killed because of a failure to correct a known safety hazard, then the property owner may be held liable to pay compensation to the victim or the victim's family.
But are the same liability laws present in U.S. territories? This is one of many questions that could be raised by a recent case involving a family of four who may have fallen ill because of a property owner's negligence. This case presents a unique legal situation that may not have an easy answer.