Most people expect that the properties they visit will be safe whenever they choose to visit. Whether the property is a private home of an acquaintance or a commercial establishment, we want to know that our health and safety is secure. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Far too often, property owners fail to maintain their space, resulting in unsafe and dangerous walkways. When this occurs, accidents can and do happen, often resulting in injury. When you have been injured on someone else’s property due to preventable and unsafe conditions, you may be entitled to file a premises liability claim.
Property owners have an obligation to ensure that their property is safe for all visitors. It is their job to remove any hazards that could potentially cause injuries. Premises liability claims are a type of personal injury claim where someone else’s negligence led to your injury. When these accidents do occur, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and any other trauma. However, you must be able to prove that a property owner knew or should have reasonably known that their property was unfit for visitors, yet they failed to ensure the area was safe.
Just because you suffered an injury on another person’s property does not always mean you can receive compensation for your injuries. You must be able to prove negligence. Filing premises liability claims can be difficult without the help of a personal injury attorney on your side. If you suffered an injury on someone else’s property, contact The Green Law Firm to learn how we can help.
What is a Premises Liability Claim?
As we stated earlier, property owners have an obligation to make sure that their property is maintained and safe for anyone who visits their premises. However, many property owners either fall behind on this maintenance or just fail to take care of any hazards that could lead to injuries. When they act negligently, and injuries occur, they may face premises liability lawsuits.
Premises liability claims cover a host of different cases and situations. Each scenario is different from the next, so it’s essential to have a premises liability attorney on your side. Some of the most common types of premises liability cases are:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective walkways
- Staircase accidents
- Construction accidents
- Failure to mark dangerous surfaces or conditions (such as wet floor signs)
- Exposure to dangerous substances
- Lead poisoning
- Explosions and fires
As you can see, many of these differ from one another, making them hard to navigate. These are just a handful of the many instances when you could file a premises liability claim. If you believe that a property owner acted with negligence or did not take the necessary precautions to protect their guests, you might be able to receive compensation. The Green Law Firm is here to help you receive the justice you deserve.
Steps to Take
If you are on someone else’s property and suffer an injury, you may be wondering what steps you need to take to receive the compensation and justice you deserve. Premises liability cases can be quite complex. Not only are there several instances in which you suffer an injury, but you must also be able to prove that a property owner was negligent and that this negligence led to your injury. Having the help of a trusted premises liability attorney on your side will help you receive the compensation you deserve. However, there are more steps that you should take to ensure that your case is as strong as possible.
Receive Medical Treatment
Far too often, people do not receive the appropriate medical treatment they need following an accident. In many cases, property owners will try to convince you that your injuries are minor and don’t need medical attention. In some cases, your injuries do not become apparent until weeks or months later. It is vital that you receive medical attention right away to ensure that any injuries are documented to improve your premises liability claim.
Report the Accident to the Property Owner
After an accident, you should always report it to the property owner or whoever is in charge at the time. You want to have the accident on record to prove that it did occur and that the property owner was aware of the accident. Your premises liability attorney will need written proof that an accident did occur, so after your accident, report it to the property owner.
Document the Accident
This is an integral part of your premises liability claim. Once your accident has occurred, document everything about it. Explain how the accident occurred. Do not guess or make up details. Just explain everything you remember. Write what happened, where it happened, if there were any warning signs or not, and how it happened.
This step is tied to the previous one. While you are documenting your accident, start collecting evidence to strengthen your case. Take photographs of the scene of the accident. These photos can help your attorney identify any evidence that a property owner was negligent. If there were any eyewitnesses, interview them and get their statement. Ask them what they saw and what the area looked like. Additionally, gather all your medical records following the accident, detailing the injuries, treatments, any future required treatments, and all costs.
Contact a Premises Liability Attorney
Once you have collected all the necessary information, you should get in contact with an experienced premises liability attorney. They will be able to help you with your claim. Through this process, you will need to prove that the defendant owns the property and that you sustained an injury on the property. The hardest part of this process is proving that a property owner was negligent and failed to care for their property. The evidence you gathered should help you and your attorney prove that a property owner failed to ensure their property was safe for all visitors.
You must be able to prove that there was a preventable hazard that caused your accident. That is why it is crucial to collect so much evidence before filing this claim. Being able to prove that a property owner was aware of a hazard or failed to appropriately maintain their property is key to your case. That’s where your attorney comes in.
Premises liability claims are often difficult to navigate. After all, even though you were injured, you still have a lot of work to do to prove a property owner’s negligence. However, with the help of experienced premises liability attorneys, you can receive the justice and compensation you deserve. If you suffered an injury in an accident on someone else’s property, contact The Green Law Firm to learn how we can help you.