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When someone gets hurt due to unsafe conditions on someone else's property, they may have grounds for a legitimate premises liability case. A premises liability claim may be due to a slip and fall, negligent security, a sidewalk injury, or other hazard.
The laws related to premises liability cases in North Carolina can be very complicated. That's why it's critical you contact a North Carolina premises liability lawyer who delivers results. Don't hesitate to get in touch with the Law Offices of Richard Flexner. We will fight for your rights and will not rest until justice is served.
Some common examples of premises liability cases we handle at the Law Offices of Richard Flexner include:
- Slip and fall accidents - Sidewalks, hallways and other walking areas used by the public must be kept free of obstacles and safe to walk on.
- Parking lot injuries - Slip and fall accidents, car accidents and other accidents involving severe injuries can occur when parking lots are not well maintained
- Negligent Security - Keeping public places well lighted and safe prevents against robberies and assaults. In some cases, a business may need to hire a security guard or install cameras to protect the public from harm.
- Swimming accidents - Accidents at pools can happen if property owners fail to take adequate steps to protect people, especially children. For example, a pool needs to be fenced in. In a pool that is open to the public, the services of a lifeguard may be required.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability is a legal term used to describe accidents that happen on someone else’s property, often due to hazardous conditions on the property. Such dangerous conditions often occur due to negligence or lack of upkeep by the property owner.
In the case of a premises liability accident, the property owner is liable, meaning they are legally responsible for what happened on their property. Many property owners deny responsibility when someone sustains a serious injury on their property. When that happens, a lawyer can help the injury victim take legal action against the property owner and demand the money they deserve for medical bills and other injury-related expenses.
How do you prove premises liability?
Building a strong premises liability case often involves gathering evidence that proves the property owner is responsible for the accident. Evidence can include witness testimony from someone who saw what happened, security camera footage, maintenance records, inspection reports, safety violations or building code violations. Your medical report and proof that you got hurt on someone else’s property can also serve as evidence, especially if you have significant medical issues that require surgery or other medical care due to a bad injury.
In addition, such legal cases often involve proving that a dangerous situation existed before the accident occurred. Such situations include:
- The property owner knew about the hazardous condition.
- The property owner should have known about the hazardous condition.
- The hazardous or dangerous condition existed for a long period of time and was not addressed.
Finding proof that such conditions existed before an accident and contributed to someone’s injury might seem straightforward. Gathering evidence can be challenging, especially if the property owner denies there was anything wrong. An experienced lawyer can investigate your claim and build a strong legal case, demanding the money you deserve for your accident expenses.
Can I sue if I get hurt on someone else’s property?
Yes. You can file a lawsuit against a property owner if you got hurt on their property. This includes commercial property owners, business owners and individual home owners. Insurance companies often handle such claims on behalf of property owners. As a result, you may decide to sue the insurance company directly, especially if they deny your premises liability claim or make a small settlement offer.
Premises liability lawsuits can be complicated legal cases, even if you have a small claim. If your claim involves a lot of money, be prepared for the property owner’s insurance company and attorneys to do everything they can to dismiss your claim and not pay you the financial compensation you deserve.
A lawyer can help you level the playing field. When you have strong legal representation, you can demand the compensation you need for medical bills, replacement income and other expenses. By filing a lawsuit, the property owner, their insurance company or their lawyers may decide to make a fair settlement offer in order to avoid going to court.
Just keep in mind that you only have a limited amount of time to file a premises liability lawsuit. In North Carolina, the deadline (known as the statute of limitations) is three years after your accident took place. Three years might seem like a long time. But evidence can disappear very quickly after an accident occurred. That’s why it’s critical that you contact a lawyer right away to learn more about your legal options, including filing a lawsuit.
This may be your only opportunity for justice. Seize it. Contact us today
A premises liability accident is one of the most traumatic events many people will deal with in their lives. A premises liability fatality may be grounds for a complicated wrongful death lawsuit. The decisions injury victims make now could affect them for years or even decades. But it's hard to know what to do after such a chaotic event. Insurance companies know this. That's why they often push people into accepting a "low ball" offer that doesn't even begin to cover the cost of many severe injuries. Such tactics don't scare us. We know how to deal directly with insurance companies. We can fight for the money you deserve.
Your case is about more than just money. It's about justice, and it's about holding people accountable for their actions. That's why we work so hard for every client. That's why we will fight for your rights and leave no stone unturned. Investigating injury accidents and digging for the truth is what we do best at the Law Offices of Richard Flexner.