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by Jeff Rasansky - October 14, 2010
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

woman in neck brace3Premise liability concerns the obligations of anyone who invites you onto a property, especially a commercial property.

When you enter into such a property, you have a reasonable expectation that you should be safe. In cases where you’re injured on the premises of a property that you were invited to enter, you may be able to file a suit to pay for any medical costs, pain and suffering that you were put through. This can happen in several different ways. There are some classic scenarios that illustrate the broad concepts of this type of liability.

If you go to a restaurant, for instance, there are some dangers inherent to the environment that the property owner has to mitigate. A personal injury lawyer for instance, may end up pointing out to a jury that a floor was wet and unmarked and that their client slipped and was injured as a result. This is a very common type of injury that people sue over. While the media sometimes calls these lawsuits frivolous, there are cases where people are severely injured due to this sort of negligence and where they face very high medical bills and a long recovery time due to those injuries.

A personal injury law firm will likely have handled many of these cases. There are other situations where people are injured that are even more devastating than most slip and fall injuries. On some properties, people may fall down unguarded stairs or be injured by chemicals in the environment. Any such case deserves the attention of an attorney. With their help, you may be able to establish that the premise owner didn’t keep up with their obligation to ensure a safe environment and you may be entitled to compensation because of that.

Remember that a personal injury lawyer probably cannot help you if you brought the injury upon yourself. There’s a big difference, for instance, between falling off of a staircase because it was inherently dangerous and falling off a staircase because of your own inappropriate behavior. Some attorneys will consult with you for free, which allows you to determine whether or not you have a case worth pursuing. If the attorney thinks the case is good, ask them if they offer a contingency arrangement. In this case, they get paid nothing unless they win your claim for you, eliminating unnecessary legal fees.

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