Slip, trip, and fall accidents are often the result of a known or unknown fall hazard on residential or commercial property. Anything that causes slick or slippery surfaces or risks someone falling can be considered a hazardous condition in a premises liability case. If you or someone you love was injured on someone else’s property, you could have the basis of an insurance claim or lawsuit for financial compensation.
A premises liability lawyer in your area will gather evidence documenting the hazardous condition that led to your accident. They will also prove the costs of your injuries and the at-fault property owner’s financial liability. Your lawyer will help you fight to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Potential Premises Liability Cases
A dangerous and accidental fall can happen in a myriad of ways. Some causes will be known to the property owner, and the injured party and others might be injured. Potential premises liability hazards can include:
- Broken elevators or escalators
- Broken or missing railings
- Cracked or uneven sidewalks
- Dilapidated or uneven stairs
- Spilled food or beverage items
- Torn, bunched up, or curled rugs
- Wet, slippery, or sticky floors
Many people think of slip and fall accidents as the only cases of premises liability. Dog bites or attacks can also lead to a premises liability case. Premises liability cases can also result from physical assaults and objects falling on you. A premises liability attorney in your area can help you prove the negligence that led to your injuries and subsequent costs.
The Costly Consequences of Accidental Falls
Falls from the same level and falls from a height are dangerous events. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research, in 2015, falls cost approximately 50 billion dollars.
Falls are the cause of the vast majority of hip injuries but can also cause:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Brain damage
- Ongoing fear
In addition to costly medical care, injuries caused by falls can lead to loss of productivity for its victims and a plethora of other costs.
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Understanding the Property Owner’s Responsibility
Whether residential or commercial, property ownership is a responsibility. If the owner of the place where you were injured did not meet their legal obligation, they could be held responsible for your resulting injuries.
To establish their negligence, your lawyer will prove:
- The property owner owed you a reasonable duty of care
- The property owner breached their duty to provide it
- Your injuries were the result of their negligent actions
- Your injuries have demonstrable financial consequences
The premises liability lawyer who handles your case will collect evidence proving the hazard that caused your accident and the documents that prove their severity and ongoing costs.
How a Premises Liability Lawyer Proves a Hazardous Condition Existed
To recover compensation from the at-fault property owner means proving the elements of negligence. To do so, your lawyer will collect the following evidence:
- Photos and videos that depict the accident scene
- Statements from available lay and expert witnesses
- Medical records that prove the cause of your injuries
- A written prognosis that proves the extent of your injuries
- Employment and salary records that prove your lost income
While you recover from your injuries, your lawyer will collect and organize your evidence. They will also present it in an organized fashion to the appropriate insurance company or prepare it for trial if an acceptable settlement is not forthcoming.
Damages You Can Recover From a Negligent Property Owner
Being assaulted because a property owner failed to provide adequate security and lighting, falling on icy stairs, or any other negligence-based injury due to a negligent property owner could entitle you to recover the following damages:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost income
- Treatment-related travel expenses
- Property damage or destruction
- Physical disfigurement or disability
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Your lawyer will create a comprehensive list of your recoverable damages. They will also ensure your case is not undervalued or overpaid. They will negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf and make sure your potential lawsuit is filed on time in case you must take the property owner to court.
Call for a Free Review of Your Injury Case
If you or someone you love was injured on someone else’s property, our premises liability lawyer will help you fight for financial compensation. Our investigation into your accident will uncover the hazardous condition in your premises liability case and build a strong case against the negligent property owner.
Contact one of our case review team members at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to explore your compensation options and see how hard we go to bat for you.