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All About Premises Liability Cases (And What To Do If You're Injured)

If you've sustained bodily injury due to the negligence of another party on their property, you may consider filing a type of personal injury claim known as premises liability. This type of suit can be appropriate in all sorts of circumstances, stemming from work injuries to fires, floods, and toxic fumes. Before you contact a lawyer and take steps to file a case, let's learn a bit more about these types of claims and what kinds of circumstances would necessitate their filing.

What is premises liability?
A property owner or operator has a legal obligation to maintain safe conditions on their property. If someone is injured as a direct result of their poor maintenance or failure to issue warnings regarding hazards on the property, that individual may be subject to a premises liability claim. In other words, someone who is invited onto a property (as a customer, social guest, or worker) has a reasonable expectation that they won't be hurt while there. If they are, and that injury is due to unsafe conditions on the property, whoever owns or manages the property will be held legally responsible for the incident.

What are some common examples of premise liability cases?
One very common type of premise liability claim are slip and fall cases. In fact, the CDC reports that 17,000 slip and fall accidents happen every single year. Other types of cases include incidents involving snow and ice, inadequate security resulting in injury or assault, dog bites, swimming pool and amusement park accidents, fires, water leaks and flooding, toxic chemicals, elevator/escalator/stair accidents, falling equipment, unsafe construction sites, and more. Your lawyer will be able to determine whether your specific circumstances would warrant this kind of claim.

What will I need to prove in my claim?
To prove that this type of claim has legal standing, you and your lawyer will need to prove that the defendant owned, managed, occupied, or leased the property; that the defendant was negligent in their duties; that you, the plaintiff, were harmed on the property; and that the defendant's negligence definitively and substantially factored into the harm you sustained. You may also need to prove that you were either an invitee (a friend, relative, neighbor, or member of the public who had the defendant's explicit or implicit permission to be on the property) or licensee (an individual who had explicit or implicit permission to be on the property but for their own purposes), rather than a trespasser (someone who entered the property unlawfully).

What should I do if I've been hurt on someone else's property?
After you've sought medical attention, you should contact a lawyer with experience in premise liability cases. While not every situation will warrant this type of filing, your attorney can discern what action will be most appropriate for your circumstances and guide you through the process. Working with a lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected and that you have the best chance of receiving compensation to cover medical bills and work days missed.

To find out more about these kinds of cases and how our legal team may be able to assist you, contact us today.

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