When the owners or caretakers of a property where a victim fell are to blame, they can face legal trouble, which might end with them having to foot the bill. While this is bad news for property owners, it is good news for you, as the injured person. With the help of a capable personal injury attorney, you may be able to get compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
Because there may be many possibilities, it can be incredibly difficult to figure out exactly who is responsible for the safety of the property where you fell. For example, imagine you slip and fall in the parking lot of a grocery store. Let’s run through some of the potential suspects for liability. They include the:
- Store owner,
- Commercial owner of the building the store rents from,
- Commercial owner of a parking lot,
- Third-party maintenance company, and
- Public entities (like a state or local government).
As you can see, things can get complicated rather quickly. To figure out who can be held responsible for your accident, you will need a qualified personal injury attorney to consider the exact circumstances of your case and investigate to determine who was responsible for the safety of the property where you fell.
The liability rule at play when someone falls on a wet floor is known as “premises liability.” Premises liability deals with the duty landowners or others responsible for a property owe to the people who are invited onto the property.
So, for someone to be held responsible for your accident, four things must be true:
- You were lawfully on the property.
- You were injured by a dangerous condition of the property.
- The landowner either created the dangerous condition or had notice of it.
- The landowner failed to address the dangerous condition.
Your case will generally involve three critical stages:
- Determining who can be held responsible
- Building your claim, and
- Proving your claim
In our experience, most personal injury cases end with a settlement. A settlement is when the two parties to a legal action come to an agreement prior to going to trial. While most personal injury cases settle, you are by no means guaranteed a settlement. You will need a highly skilled and competent attorney to negotiate with opposing parties on your behalf to give yourself the best chance of getting a fair settlement amount. If you do not have a skilled negotiator and the legal expertise of an attorney on your side, the odds of getting the best possible amount that you deserve will likely be lower.
The bottom line is, you will need a team of highly experienced, client oriented, and passionate attorneys to maximize your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve. Call us at 888-815-3649 for free consultation. We will listen to the facts of your case and advise you on the best path forward.
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