Sometimes people are injured through the negligence of property owners, property managers, and business owners. Premises Liability accidents can include “slip and fall accidents”, but there are many more situations to be aware of.
Types of Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability claims arise from injuries which occur on many types of property such as:
- Parking lots
- Grocery stores
- Apartment complexes
- Bars and restaurants
- Hotels and motor lodges
- Shopping centers and malls
- Sports stadiums and conference centers
Business/ Property Owners Have A Responsibility
Business owners have a legal duty to customers and others lawfully visiting their premises to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. Under certain circumstances, homeowners and private property owners may also be held legally responsible for personal injuries which occur on their property.
What The Plaintiff Must Prove
As the injured plaintiff, you must also prove:
- That the property owner had actual or constructive notice or knowledge of the defect or unsafe condition. You must show (a) the property owner and/or his employees knew about the hazardous condition before your injury happened, or, (b) given the length of time the unsafe condition had existed, they should have known or been aware of it in the exercise of ordinary care;
- That it was foreseeable a customer or lawful visitor might be injured as a result of the defect or unsafe condition.
Prompt investigation may be essential to winning your case.
As a plaintiff, you should always take steps to gather your own proof to help support your claim. One of our experienced attornies can help to secure this information.
- Photographs should be taken of the unsafe condition and its surroundings before the property owner repairs it or otherwise destroys evidence of it.
- Interviews of the property owner, his employees, and/or eye witnesses may help establish fault in your case. Many questions need answers. How long had the unsafe condition existed? Did the property owner know of the hazard, and, if so, for how long? Had the property owner received complaints from others about the unsafe condition before your accident happened? From whom and when? In the past, had other persons been injured in the same way you were? Did a building code violation contribute to causing your injury?
- Immediate examination of the accident scene by safety engineers, human factors experts and other specialists may be crucial in determining how your accident happened and whether negligence was involved.
Don’t hesitate to contact one of our skilled attornies. We’ll help you to get the settlement that you deserve.