If you think about it, you spend a lot of time on other people’s properties. You may leave your house to stop by a friend’s house, a coffee shop, the grocery store, or the dry cleaners and the last thing you may expect is to be sidelined by a premises liability injury. In general, premises liability cases involve dangerous, injury causing conditions located on someone’s property, place of business, or public property. Property owners and people responsible for taking care of a property owe a duty of care to their guests. They are responsible for maintaining the property and keeping visitors safe from dangerous conditions.
If you have been injured due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, talk to our premises liability attorneys to go over the facts of your case and discuss the injuries you sustained and medical bills you have incurred. You should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence.
Common premises liability cases
There are a host of dangerous conditions that could be present on someone’s property or place of business that cause damages and injuries, but the types of cases we most frequently see include dog bites, slips or trips and falls, inadequate maintenance causing injuries, swimming pool accidents, fires, and negligent security.
Answers to important questions that will be considered in order to determine liability when you are injured on someone else’s property are described below.
- What was the purpose of your visit to the property? Was it a place of business? Were you invited to someone’s home? Were you a trespasser? Trespassers are generally not owed the same duty of care that a property owner owes to an invited guest, except in certain circumstances such as when the trespasser is a child.
- Was the dangerous condition something that the property owner knew about or should have known about? Should the property owner have discovered the dangerous condition upon a reasonable inspection of the property?
- Did the property owner warn guests about the dangerous condition? For example, was there a sign posted in a grocery store warning patrons of a wet floor?
- Was the dangerous condition something that was so open and obvious that a reasonable person would be aware of the dangerous condition and understand the risk involved?
- Did the injury occur in a place where a property owner would not reasonably expect a guest to be?
Insurance companies are frequently involved in premises liability cases. They will often try to get these cases settled quickly, sometimes even before an injured party is able to discover the extent of his or her injuries. You do not have to speak with an insurance company if they do contact you. Insurance companies want to settle their claims quickly and cheaply and they do not care about fairly compensating injured parties.
If you have sustained injuries due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, contact our Atlantic City premises liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. We are experts in premises liability law and we are expert negotiators. We know when insurance companies are undervaluing claims and we will not advise our clients to settle for an undervalued offer. When insurance companies are working against you, you need an attorney who is working for you.