Premises Liability

If you’ve been hurt while on someone else’s property, then you may have grounds for a case against against the property owner and potentially others.

A premises liability case refers to accidents or injuries that occur on another’s property due to the negligence of an owner or property manager. Business and property owners have a responsibility to maintain safe conditions. These duties include fixing issues with the property itself, like loose stair railings and appropriate signage. There are other grounds like making sure to prevent criminal activity and other possible safety hazards. Failure to do so can result in numerous preventable crimes such as assault, robbery, slips and falls, and other injuries or related accidents.

Where can premises liability incidents happen?

Premises liability incidents can take place on playgrounds, at daycares, construction sites, and include injuries in public spaces such as restaurants, stores, or even government buildings.

What are some common types of premises liability cases?

  • slip and fall
  • staircase accident
  • elevator accident
  • inadequate maintenance of the premises, such as snow and ice accident
  • inadequate building security leading to injury or assault
  • dog bite
  • swimming pool accident
  • fire
  • water leak or flooding
  • toxic fume or chemical

What should you do if you are injured because of a premises liability incident?

  1. Report the incident. If you can, report the incident to the management of the property, the homeowner, or the owner of the premise.
  2. Get medical care. Delays in getting medical care could cause more serious injury. Moreover, the insurance company may use delays in going to the doctor as an excuse to not pay you as much as you deserve. If necessary, you should use your health insurance. Normally, your health insurance company will likely to get reimbursement from the settlement of the claim or the judgment of the lawsuit. If you do not have enough health insurance coverage and could not afford the expense, you should talk to your lawyer and your lawyer might help you to find a doctor who will provide you with proper treatment and is willing to get paid at the end of the case.
  3. Get names and phone numbers of any witnesses. You should get the names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene because you will want to have evidence and witness for your claim.
  4. Don’t give a recorded statement to the insurance company without speaking to your lawyer. The insurance company might try to get a recorded statement from you because it wants to pay as less as possible to settle the claim. But this is not helpful for you to get the maximum recovery.

Why do you need to have an attorney for a premise liability claim?

A premise liability claim is more complicated than most people imagine. The injury might be a long-term nature. Consulting an attorney could help you to learn about the nature and possible effect of your claim, and also maximize your recovery. Also, if you claim does not get settled, it might go into the litigation process, which will be very time-consuming and completed. Therefore, you should have an attorney for a premise liability claim.

 

If you suffered injury from any premises liability incidents, please do not hesitate to call us as soon as possible. We are dedicated to making sure you get the legal guidance you need for these types of cases, the compensation you deserve, as well as making sure that these unsafe conditions are resolved so no one else has to suffer the same misfortune.

 
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