Premises Liability: Common Injuries and How to Make a Claim
Hi there viewers, and welcome back. I’m Bill Adler and today we’re going to take a look at the lesser known aspect of personal injury law called premise liability. We’ll discuss what it is, what injuries are covered under it, and how to make a claim. So let’s get right to it.
Premises liability, at its core, means that if you were injured on someone else’s property as a result of their negligence, you may have a legal right to claim payments. Under Texas law, and in many other states, property owners (both public and private) must ensure the safety of those on their property and take reasonable precautions to protect them from injury or harm. And if they don’t, and someone is injured on business property or suffers personal injury on private property, the owner can be sued for damages.
There are many different types of injuries that fall under premises liability, but some of the most common examples include:
- Falling down the stairs at work
- Getting bitten by a dog at someone’s house
- Being attacked by someone on your landlord’s property
- Suffering a slip and fall injury while in a store
- Being injured by a malfunctioning escalator or elevator in a hotel or mall
Premises liability can be a tricky claim to make, and a claim requires that 1) you prove that there was clear negligence on the part of the property owner to either keep you safe or warn you of hazards and that 2) you fall into protected party status – meaning that you were invited to be there, and weren’t trespassing.
Because of the intricacies of making a premises liability claim, it’s highly recommended to hire a personal injury attorney with experience helping clients in similar situations. They can then help you navigate the claims process, demonstrating how the property owner or manager failed to take proper precautions to ensure your safety. They can also show that you executed reasonable care and the cause of the accident was not due to your own negligence.
If you or a loved one was injured on someone else’s property, it’s important to know that you have rights and you may be able to bring a legal claim against the property owner, in order to recoup medical bills, lost wages, and more.
But it’s important to act quickly, as the statute of limitations could significantly affect the time you have to assert your claim.
If you have questions about this information or would like to get in touch with us about your case, contact us at Jim Adler & Associates via the contact form at jimadler.com or give us a call, 800-567-7575.