Injured on Another's Property
Premises Liability Lawyers
When you’re on someone else’s property, you have a right to expect that the premises be free of harmful hazards. Unfortunately though, property owners and managers may fail to protect guests and visitors from harm. Those who own or lease property often don’t do the maintenance they need or take care of their guests as they should. The result can be harm to you.
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, the law firm of Harford P.C. can help you seek the full and fair compensation that you are owed.
At Harford P.C., we understand what you’re going through and we’re dedicated to helping injury victims find the justice and compensation they deserve. Every premises liability case is handled personally by Mr. Harford. At every step in the process, we’ll keep you up-to-date and informed about your case.
At Harford P.C., we’ll never send you a bill that you need to pay out of pocket, and we’ll only collect expenses and fees if we successfully secure compensation for you. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, contact us today. For a free consultation, call us or contact us online now.
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How a Lawyer Can Help with a Premises Liability Claim
Premises liability law can be confusing, and a premises liability claim can be difficult to get right. That’s why it’s so important to have a skilled, experienced premises liability lawyer on your side.
At Harford P.C., we know how to handle a premises liability claim, and we can help in many ways, including:
- A lawyer can collect the evidence that your claim needs. When you’re trying to recover for your injuries, you’ll need a solid basis of facts and evidence to support your claim. In many cases, the responsible parties won’t want to compensate you, or even if they are willing to do so, it may be for less than you deserve. At Harford P.C., we’ll gather any photos, video, witness statements, expert testimony, and other evidence that your claim needs, then organize it into a persuasive case for your recovery.
- A lawyer can keep you up-to-date and informed about the status of your claim and your recovery. In many premises liability claims, those who were injured may feel like they’re out of the loop. At Harford P.C., we understand how important it is to keep our clients informed about the status of their claim and their recovery. We’ll communicate with you throughout the process and advise you on your options and the next steps.
- Experienced premises liability lawyers can also handle any negotiations or discussions that your claim requires. During the settlement process, we can handle any discussions with insurance companies or the at-fault or negligent parties. We’ll build your claim, evaluate your injuries, and make the strongest case possible for your recovery. We know how insurance companies operate, and we know the techniques they use to avoid liability. We’ll use our knowledge, resources, and experience to negotiate the largest possible settlement for you.
- If needed, a premises liability lawyer can represent you in any court proceedings. Some premises liability cases settle, but sometimes a lawyer will need to take your case to court. In those cases, the lawyer can build your case, handle any court filings, and fight for you throughout the process. An experienced premises liability lawyer knows how to fight for your claim and the recovery you deserve.
If you’ve suffered an injury on another’s property, contact us today for a free consultation. At Harford P.C., we’re here to help you.
What You Have to Prove in a Premises Liability Claim
Under premises liability law, each type of case has its own unique aspects, but common threads run through most claims. In general, when you’re pursuing a premises liability claim, you’ll need to prove you were authorized to be on the property, that the responsible party knew or should have known about the danger, and that the responsible party’s negligence caused injuries to you.
When you’re pursuing a premises liability claim, you’ll need to show that you were allowed on the property. Guests on a property are allowed to be there, and the person who is responsible for the property must work to keep their guests reasonably safe from hazards. For example, if you walk into a grocery store during business hours, you usually would be considered a guest on the property. However, if you trespass on the property, then the property owner or business wouldn’t owe you the same duties to keep you safe.
You’ll also need to show that the person who controlled the property was negligent – that is, that they didn’t fulfill their duties as they should have. Perhaps they were not performing regular maintenance and inspections, or perhaps they did not make a hazard known to guests. When those who control property know, or should know, about dangers to their guests, they may be negligent.
Last, you’ll need to show the connection between the responsible party’s negligence and your injuries. You’ll need to show when and how you were injured, what the effects were, and show how another person’s negligence directly resulted in harm to you. A lawyer can use their knowledge of the law and the results of an investigation to build this element.
Every premises liability case is unique, but an experienced lawyer can handle everything your claim needs. They know the law, and they’ll gather the facts and records your claim needs for support. If you were injured on someone else’s property, take action and contact Harford P.C., today.
Who Can Be Held Responsible in a Premises Liability Claim?
Many different organizations and individuals may be held responsible in a premises liability case, and each case will depend upon its facts. However, some common parties who may be held responsible include:
- Businesses and other groups who invite people on to the property. Those who own or rent property and make it publicly accessible owe duties to keep their guests safe.
- Those who own the property. A property owner’s liability will depend on the facts of the case and any agreements they have with those leasing the property. In many cases, a property owner may be held responsible for your injuries, and a lawyer can advise you on the specifics in your case.
- Owners or operators of a hotel. A hotel exists to provide guests with safe, secure accommodations. When a hotel owner or operator fails to keep their guests safe, they may be held responsible for any injuries.
- Those responsible for maintaining the premises. In some cases, organizations and property owners may hire outside contractors to perform maintenance on their property. When maintenance groups fail to meet their obligations, they may be liable for your injuries.
- Private property owners and homeowners may be held responsible for your injuries. Private property owners, like commercial property owners, owe their guests a duty to keep them safe. When they fail to do so, they may be liable for the injuries that happen to their guests.
Compensation for Injuries on Someone Else’s Property
After an accident, you may have questions about your options for recovery. Each case is unique, but there are some common types of compensation that may be available.
When you’re injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover compensation, including:
- The cost of any past or future medical treatment. You may be facing huge medical bills and future costs. A premises liability claim may include any medical expenses that result from your injuries. This includes any future treatment or medical care that your injuries may require.
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity. Injuries can put you out of work, and they can harm your future earnings. A premises liability claim may include any wages you’ve lost, and the damage that your injuries have done to your future earning potential. A lawyer can review your case and help you understand how to calculate and pursue this compensation.
- Personal property loss or damage. When you’re harmed in an accident, your property may be harmed too. Personal electronic devices such as laptops and phones, clothing, jewelry, and many other items may be damaged or destroyed during the accident. If you’ve lost your personal property during an accident, you may be able to recover the cost.
- Pain and suffering. An accident can result in lasting physical and mental pain that can harm your life. These damages will require specialized evidence and records to support them, so it’s important to have a knowledgeable premises liability lawyer in your corner to pursue these damages.
Your potential compensation will depend upon the facts and circumstances of your case. The compensation types listed above may be available, and other types of compensation may also apply.
How Long Do You Have to File a Premises Liability Claim?
In most New York cases, those harmed on someone else’s property typically have three years after the accident to file a lawsuit. This sounds like a lot of time, but it’s important to start your case as soon as you can after an accident. When you start your case soon after an accident, it may be easier to gather the evidence and documents that your case needs, and it gives your lawyer more time to fight for you.
After you’re injured on another’s property, start your claim as soon as you can. Contact Harford P.C., and we can get started on your claim immediately.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
As a guest on another’s property, you expect to be safe, but when you’re on someone else’s property, there are many ways to end up injured. Some of the most common types of premises liability claims include:
- Toxic exposures to asbestos, trichloroethylene, or benzene
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Escalator and elevator accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Negligent security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Fire and smoke injuries
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt on Someone Else’s Property
- The first thing to do is to get the medical care that your injuries need. If your injuries require immediate care, or you require medical transportation, contact emergency medical services. In cases where your injuries seem less severe, or may take time to show up, visit a hospital or your doctor for a full evaluation as soon as possible. As part of your claim, you’ll likely need medical proof of your injuries, and an evaluation can help.
- Photograph every part of the accident scene and the surroundings. Photos and video will help you and any investigators understand what happened. After you’re injured, the hazard or dangerous condition may be repaired, so it’s important to capture as much information as you can about the accident scene immediately after you’re injured.
- Talk with witnesses and make sure you get their contact information. After an accident, witnesses may disappear. By collecting their contact information, you’re helping yourself and your claim.
- Notify those responsible for the property about the accident. If you’re injured while in a store, let the store manager know. If you’re injured on private property, let the owner know. Tell them the basic facts of what happened, but don’t engage in speculation or blame.
- Speak with a premises liability lawyer about your situation. The time after an accident is critical for protecting and building your claim. A lawyer can advise you on the best course of action and can handle every aspect of your claim while you heal.
Get Help from Premises Liability Attorneys Dedicated to You
After you’re injured on someone else’s property, don’t wait to get the legal help and advice that you need. At Harford P.C., we’ve worked with a wide range of clients on a variety of personal injury claims. We have the experience to help you. From start to finish, we’ll build the claim you need for the compensation that you deserve.
If it’s time to pursue a premises liability claim, contact us today. At Harford P.C., we understand what you’re going through, and we’re here to help. Call us or contact us online now to schedule your free initial appointment.