Holding property owners responsible for injuries
As a guest visiting another’s property, we expect the owner to provide for our safety and security. Poorly maintained properties can house many potential hazards for visitors or workers, including broken sidewalks, unstable staircases, slippery surfaces and damaged equipment. Such conditions can cause serious injuries resulting in expensive medical bills, missed work or even death.If you have suffered an injury on a property because the owner was negligent, then you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit. You can recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical and funeral expenses and loss of spousal companionship.
Filing a premises liability lawsuit
There are several factors that must be considered when filing a premises liability claim. One is your legal status as a visitor. Your status will fall into one of four categories: invitee, social guest, licensee or trespasser. It is important to determine your status because if you are a trespasser, or one who has not been legally invited onto a premise, you may not recover damages after an injury.
Another factor to consider is whether or not a reasonable effort was made to ensure guests’ safety. You must be able to establish that the property owner or occupier knew of a potential hazard and did not act to remedy the danger. Otherwise, the defendant can claim that he or she was unaware of the situation and did not have the opportunity to act, potentially relieving him or her of responsibility for your injuries. There are other factors as well, all of which require legal expertise to successfully argue in court.
Time is critical
The Blaska Law Firm, LLC can represent you in court to recover the money you deserve. It is important to contact us as soon as possible after your injury, as there are statutes of limitation restricting the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. We will ensure your claim is filed in a timely manner. We also understand how to properly collect and preserve evidence from the premises, as well as secure appropriate witnesses and experts, to support your case.