If you’ve been injured in an accident on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim. Property owners are required to meet certain standards for keeping tenants and guests safe. If they fail to meet these standards of care, they can be held liable for your injuries.
The Brooksville premises liability lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve after an accident on someone else’s property. Our attorneys have more than 65 years of combined legal experience helping people just like you. Get your free initial consultation today by calling one of our offices or visiting our contact page.
When Should I Consider a Claim for Premises Liability?
Premises liability claims are based on the legal concept of negligence, meaning the property owner failed to uphold their legal duty of care in some way. In other words, your injuries need to stem from some action the property owner took or failed to take that a reasonable person would have or would not have taken.
For example, if you slipped and fell in the lobby of a business where there was spilled liquid that hadn’t been cleaned up, and the building owner or manager was aware or should have been aware of the issue, you might have a valid premises liability claim.
How a Premises Liability Injury Case Works
To win a premises liability case, you’ll have to show that the person or entity you’ve filed your claim against owns, leases, or manages the property on which the accident occurred. This may sound easy, but property owners will often fight back to shield themselves from liability for an accident.
Next, you’ll have to show how the property owner/manager/lessor was negligent with how they used the property. You will need to demonstrate that you were injured on the defendant’s property and that some dangerous property condition directly led to your injuries. This is often the most challenging part of a premises liability claim.
How to Prove a Premises Liability Claim?
Some evidence that can be used to substantiate a premises liability claim includes:
- Accident reports given to police or the owner/manager of the property
- Eyewitness accounts
- Photos or video from the scene
- Surveillance footage
- Property records
Tracking down the necessary evidence is one of the key roles a premises liability lawyer will play in your case.
What to Do After a Premises Liability Accident?
Here’s what you should do to give yourself the best chance at recovering compensation after a premises liability accident:
- Document the accident and your injuries. Make a written report to the owner or manager of the property or to the authorities.
- Take pictures of your injuries and the area where the accident happened.
- Take down the names and contact information of anyone who might have witnessed the accident.
- See a doctor as soon as you can.
- Keep a journal about how your injuries affect your activities of daily living.
- Don’t make any public statements about the accident and stay off social media.
- Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Premises Liability Attorney?
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, we don’t ask for any upfront payment from our clients in personal injury cases. Instead, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation. Our experienced premises liability lawyers can explain how this works during your free consultation.
Want to know more about our legal services? Call our Brooksville office today or visit our contact page to get a free case review.