What You Need to Know About Premises Liability Cases
Well…the first thing to do is make sure you get the proper medical attention if you are truly hurt. Taking care of yourself or loved one after they slip and fall is critical.
If you have recently been hurt in a serious slip and fall accident, you could be eligible to fight in a premises liability lawsuit. This lawsuit could end in settlement or in litigation, depending on the facts of your individual case. Premises liability cases are often filed by those people who have suffered catastrophic slip and fall injuries due to an accident created by a hazardous condition.
Not every accident might lead to a lawsuit, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and schedule a time to talk with a lawyer if you’re curious about your rights. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by finding a personal injury attorney you can trust as soon as possible after the accident happens.
If you can show that another party such as a property owner or manager was responsible for the dangerous condition and failed to correct it, leaving you at risk for a serious accident, the medical bills and other damages tied to the incident may be recoverable in a court of law. You need to understand the basics behind premises liability lawsuits in order to pursue a claim.
Common Locations for Slip and Fall Injuries
If you were on another person’s property and got hurt, you deserve to have full representation from a personal injury lawyer.
Slip and fall accidents can happen in almost any situation. This includes:
Potholes in the street
A wet floor in a grocery store or retail location
Peeling carpet in a hotel lobby
Faulty handrails in your apartment’s stairwell
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal theory that has to do with personal injury cases, in which someone sustains an injury as a result of a defective or unsafe condition on another’s property. The vast majority of personal injury lawsuits rely on negligence and premises liability is the same.
You must be able to show that the property owner acted negligently in his or her maintenance or ownership of the property, meaning that they did not provide the reasonable care that was owed to you.
Just because you were hurt on someone else’s property does not necessarily mean you’re eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit; you need to show, in the case of serious injuries from a slip and fall accident, that the owner knew about the risk and failed to correct it or should have known about the risk and failed to rectify this unsafe condition. This is because the property owner must exercise a duty of care.
If you have been invited on to the property, you are owed a reasonable duty of care. Furthermore, as a licensee or someone who has the landowner’s implied or express permission to enter the property, you may still be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim. A trespasser however, or someone who is not authorized to be on a property, may not have the full rights that are afforded to an invitee or a licensee, as it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Whether it’s oily floors, wet floors, defective staircases, accumulation of snow and ice or inadequate building security, there are many caused that might prompt someone to file a premises liability lawsuit after a serious injury. If you fall under these categories and believe that your medical bills may be significant, you need the help of an experienced slip and fall accident attorney who has a track record of success in this field. You have a limited period of time within which to take action and to consult a personal injury lawyer to verify your eligibility, so you cannot afford to wait.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, we can help protect your rights and possibly get fair and just compensation for the physical and mental injuries you may have suffered as a result. For a free initial consultation, contact us by e-mail or call our offices, in New Brunswick at 732-247-3600 or in Somerville at 908-448-2560.