Responsibilities of property owners and determining negligence

When we step foot on a property, whether a person's home or business, we don't expect that we will be injured. Perhaps our trust that the surroundings will be a safe environment is misplaced. There are many things that can happen due to the negligence of the property owner:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents due to conditions such as icy sidewalks.
  • Stumbles causing injury because there was inadequate lighting on the property.
  • Insufficient security staff in a nightclub.
  • Simply dangerous property conditions.

Regardless of the situation, if you are injured on someone else's property as a result of their negligence, they need to be held accountable.

As a result of an injury, medical expenses can build up; we may lose wages due to the inability to work and suffer emotional stress as well.

In a premises liability case, there is an excellent chance that compensation may be available to you for any losses you sustain as a result of your injuries. When the damage occurs on the personal property, such as at a friend or family member's home, we may find ourselves feeling too guilty to pursue compensation, leaving ourselves in situations of undue hardship. Remember, you are not suing your friend or family member; you are seeking compensation from the insurance that covers such liabilities.

Regardless of the situation or property involved, the first step in knowing your rights and whether you are eligible for compensation is to hire an attorney who can thoroughly investigate the situation, determine liability and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Everyone is responsible for ensuring any property they own is free fromhazardous conditions. If they fail to do so, they can and should be held liable.