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Premises Liability

Accidents happen. It is an imperfect world. There are times though, when those accidents are completely preventable, and in fact, by law, should have been prevented. If you have been injured while on a property that was dangerous or improperly maintained, you may have a case for premises liability. Call the attorneys at Schafer and Schafer today for a free consultation regarding your situation.

 

Regarding the law and premises liability, a property owner is responsible for certain injuries suffered by people on the premises. This is one of the most difficult types of cases to prove liability; therefore it is very important to have documentation of everything from the scene. Photographs must be taken immediately, and the injured party's clothing should be preserved exactly as it was at the time of the incident, no changes, not even washed.

 

Types of Accidents

 

In order for liability to be considered on the part of the owner or maintenance professionals, it must be proved that there was knowledge of the dangerous condition or possibility of injury, and nothing was done in a timely manner to prevent injury. In other words, it must be proved that the owner was negligent about keeping his or her property safe. Some examples of premises liability situations are:

 

  • Violations of building codes, resulting in unsafe conditions
  • Ill-maintained sidewalks, driveways or parking areas, resulting in dangerous conditions
  • Wet, icy, slippery, or greasy floors that have inadequate warning, resulting in falls
  • Inadequate lighting for hallways or stairwells, resulting in falls
  • Criminal attacks due to improper security

 

Your Legal Rights

 

Just as a property owner must take reasonable care to maintain a safe property, visitors to this property should have an expectation of being reasonably safe while on the premises. Certainly not all incidents are means for a lawsuit, but if you believe that your injury was caused by negligence on the part of the property owner, you may have a case. The attorneys at Schafer and Schafer have over 70 years of combined experience in helping victims of personal injury recover funds for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering. Call today for a free consultation regarding your situation. We do not collect fees unless you win your case.