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What are property owner responsibilities for your safety?

Let’s say you are walking into a favorite Raleigh gas station convenience store. Unfortunately, a leaking awning at the store’s entrance has created a puddle. You slip and fall forward, hitting your head, losing consciousness. The head injuries sustained in the fall result in difficulties in concentration that make it impossible for you to keep your high-paying job.

It is possible that after hearing the evidence and considering other facts, a jury in a premises liability lawsuit would want you to receive compensation for the loss of future wages, for your medical bills and for the suffering you have endured.

The owner of the store had a responsibility to maintain the store and property so it is relatively safe so that people can enter the parking lot and store without injury. A court hearing the convenience store case would want to know if the awning had been leaking a long time and if puddles had been forming in that same spot without the problem being addressed.

There are many other issues to examine in these types of personal injury cases, including the following:

  • What was the legal status of the person when they walked onto the property? (Were they invited, a social guest, a trespasser or licensee?)
  • Was the person injured a child?
  • What was the condition of the property and what actions did the vision and owner take?

It should be noted that store customers are considered invitees.

There are a number of other factors to consider in these cases as well. The first step in the process is to contact someone familiar with premises liability law and how to gather facts and present a case to a Raleigh court.


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