While it is impossible to predict the future, property owners and occupiers have a responsibility to consider how their property will be utilized and to keep it in a reasonably safe condition. If they fail in this task, they may be held liable for any injuries that result from an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of a property owner, then you have the right to seek compensation by filing a premise liability lawsuit. With our extensive experience successfully advocating for personal injury victims, you can trust that the team at the Law Offices of Bryan Musgrave is prepared to fight for you.
Proving Premise Liability
Premise liability lawsuits are filed to secure compensation from apathetic, irresponsible, reckless, or negligent property owners whose failure to maintain their property results in an injury. However, slipping, tripping, falling, or otherwise injuring yourself on someone’s property does not automatically put that person at fault. Victims must demonstrate that the owner or occupier created the hazard knowingly or through inaction. A property owner may be found liable if one of the following factors applies:
- The owner or an employee was aware of a potentially dangerous situation and did nothing to correct it.
- The owner or an employee made inadequate efforts to repair a hazard.
- The owner or an employee should have known about the potentially dangerous situation, because the hazard had existed long enough for a reasonable person caring for the property to have discovered and corrected it.
In many cases, slips and falls are the result of shoddy materials, poor construction, building code violations, or a failure to properly remove snow or water from paths of travel. These accidents can produce painful, life-altering injuries. Premise liability cases can be utilized to seek compensation for an array of serious injuries, including broken bones, spinal injuries, head injuries, sprains, and strains.
Damages Possible in a Premise Liability Case
Numerous factors influence the total amount of compensation to which you are entitled. Generally these include your medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and/or the negative impact of the injury on your quality of life. Your current and future wage loss will also be weighed. In particularly egregious cases, punitive damages may be awarded.
Filing a Premise Liability Claim
Insurance companies work diligently to deny premise liability claims. Even when they make a settlement offer, it tends to be far lower than the victim rightfully deserves. Before you accept a proposal by an insurance company, schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney. Your lawyer will review your case, educate you about your options, explain what determines the total amount of possible compensation, and provide you with information regarding what you can expect as your lawsuit proceeds. Ultimately, your lawyer will fight to secure the maximum compensation for you.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of a property owner or occupier, don’t wait. Contact the Law Offices of Bryan Musgrave today to request a free initial consultation.