Pursuing A Premises Liability Claim
When injuries occur on someone else’s property, the property owner, manager or another responsible party might be on the hook. Property owners have an obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. They also have the responsibility to identify hazards and take appropriate safety measures in a prompt manner.
At Winter & Rhoden, LLC, our attorneys can evaluate your options for pursuing a premises liability claim after an accident or injury on someone else’s property. Based in Gaffney, our lawyers have extensive personal injury experience in both North and South Carolina. We understand how to build a strong legal case to adequately compensate you for all the financial ramifications of your injury. When you work with us, you can expect professional, trustworthy representation and individualized guidance on all aspects of your case.
Types Of Premises Liability Claims
Our lawyers handle all types of premises liability cases, including:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Negligent security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Trampoline accidents
- Dog bites
We also represent the loved ones of people who have tragically lost their lives due to unsafe property conditions or animal attacks.
Slip And Falls
A significant percentage of our premises liability cases involve slip and falls. These accidents can result from any number of hazards such as:
- Slippery floors
- Uneven flooring
- Unmarked floor transitions
- Cords, debris or other tripping hazards
- Lack of railings or handrails
- Poorly maintained stairs
- Unmarked divots or holes
Many of these accidents occur in public places: stores, bars, parking lots and the like. They can also occur on private property, in which case the homeowners insurance policy will likely come into play. Our attorneys are highly skilled at navigating insurance issues. We can make sure you don’t get shortchanged or fall into other insurance pitfalls.
How Challenging Are Slip-And-Fall Cases?
Premises liability cases such as slip and falls can be tough. As the plaintiff, you will have the burden of proof in establishing the property owner’s negligence, which can be a gray area. The property owner may try to defend against liability by denying that they did anything wrong, by claiming that someone else was at fault or by trying to shift the blame back to you. Our lawyers can anticipate these and other potential challenges. We take a thorough approach to investigating and preparing premises liability cases so that we don’t get blindsided by roadblocks along the way.
What Do You Need To Prove In Premises Liability Cases?
In broad terms, you must prove that:
- The property owner had a duty of care toward you
- They breached that duty by failing to promptly correct or warn against a hazardous condition that they either know or should have known about
- You were injured as a result
There are many nuances to these elements, and our lawyers can provide more detailed guidance within the context of your situation.
What Kinds Of Compensation Can You Recover Through A Premises Liability Claim?
As with other personal injury claims, you can pursue financial recovery for:
- Your expenses related to the injury (medical bills, missed work, etc.)
- Your pain and suffering
Talk to our lawyers to learn more about the potential value of your claim.
Explore Your Options For Pursuing A Premises Liability Claim
Turn to our lawyers for a case evaluation to find out whether you have grounds for seeking compensation. Contact our Gaffney office at (864) 489-8128 or send us an email to get started.