Any person injured on the property of another person may be able to recover for any harm the injury caused, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering if the owner or party that controlled the property was negligent in its maintenance. This is what is known as premises liability. Negligent maintenance means that the condition of the property created an unreasonable risk of harm, and through the exercise of reasonable care could have been prevented, repaired or warned about.
Slip and Fall injuries are an example of a premises liability case. One of the critical elements of premises liability is also knowledge – the owner or person controlling the property must know, or, through the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about the dangerous condition. It is therefore important to retain competent counsel, able to elicit knowledge through documentary evidence or testimony sufficient to prove not only the existence of an unsafe condition, but that the landowner also knew about it.
Our law offices have handled a multitude of premises liability actions involving both public (for example, schools and parks) and private entities. The way a case is handled and the time frame within which claims must be brought differ significantly depending on the type of liable entity involved so it is critical that you seek the advise of an attorney right away if you or a loved one has been injured while on the property of another. Please contact our law offices right away if you’ve been injured on another person’s premises and would like to discuss your legal options.