Being injured on someone else’s property can be stressful and scary. Whether you were shopping at a grocery store or visiting a friend’s house, you have the right to pursue compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. Property owners, landlords, easement holders, tenants, and others responsible for maintaining a property could be held liable for your injuries. Our firm has helped hundreds of clients pursue successful settlements. We will answer your questions, discuss your options, and help you seek justice from those responsible.
Proving Negligence in a Premises Liability Claim
In order to pursue compensation, you will need to prove 3 things:
- The property owner knew about, or should have reasonably known about, a dangerous condition on the property
- The property owner negligently failed to repair or correct the dangerous condition, or failed to warn others of the condition
- The dangerous condition directly caused your injuries
Evidence to support your claim may include witness statements, pictures of the dangerous condition, medical records, police reports, and other documentation. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, muscle sprains, ligament tears, and other soft tissue injuries, may not show symptoms for hours, days, or even weeks after the accident. By making an appointment to see your doctor, you can receive treatment for any underlying injuries and use your medical records to support your personal injury claim.
Dangerous conditions on a property may include:
- Slippery floors
- Broken, uneven, or cracked sidewalks
- Poor lighting
- Broken handrails
- Clutter or debris in the walkway
By law, property owners owe a duty of care to visitors. This involves eliminating hazardous conditions, or at least providing clear and adequate warning to protect visitors. If a property owner failed to fix a dangerous condition or did not warn you, and you suffered an injury as a result, you have the right to file a claim. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages.
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, don’t hesitate to contact Mitchell & West LLC immediately to start building your case. Our Miami premises liability lawyers will work diligently to gather evidence, investigate the situation, and guide you through the legal process.