There are always going to be occasions where someone is injured on the premises of a business, and where the business owner is not liable. There are other occasions, however, when it’s a good idea to contact a personal injury law firm to determine whether or not you have a valid claim against the property owner for negligence.
There are occasions where a property owner may have a pattern of negligence that leads to people getting hurt. All too often, they continue to get away with this because no one takes legal actions against them. In many cases, it doesn’t cost anything upfront to hire a good premises liability lawyer, and this may be the best option if you’ve been hurt on the premises of a business or a property owned by a landlord with a history of negligence. Some examples:
- A landlord that never fixes door locks or appliances
- A bar owner who constantly has fights break out at their establishment
- A parking lot owner who doesn’t provide security and whose property is the site of assaults
- An amusement park owner that fails to maintain their equipment
There are many more examples of property owners that are negligent in how they take care of their premises and their visitors. Negligence doesn’t mean that they failed to take extreme actions to provide for people’s safety. It means that they failed to take even the most reasonable actions to prevent a likely accident.
How these types of claims work.
Your attorney will help you to put a price tag on your damages. This may sound a bit callous at first, especially if you were the victim of a violent assault because of lacking security—or at the hands of the security itself—or if you were seriously traumatized by an injury. It’s necessary however to your claim, and there are good ways to do it.
The attorney will factor in the costs of the injury to you in terms of real dollars. They’ll also likely pursue damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and other factors. The jury may award the entire amount or part of the amount sought. The jury may also opt to award no part of the amount sought; the only way to find out is to go to trial or negotiate an out-of-court settlement. When property owner negligence leads to a preventable injury, pursuing them in court is often the only way to hold them accountable.