Premises Liability Lawyers in Raleigh, NC
Helping You Understand Premises Liability Law
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be wondering what to do next. A lawyer can help you understand your legal options and guide you through the process of filing a claim.
When you are welcomed onto someone else’s property, you are relying on the property owner to have your safety in mind. Unfortunately, premises liability accidents are quite common. If you have been injured in an accident on someone else’s property, you may be wondering if you have a case. The first step is to understand premises liability law and then speak with an experienced lawyer who can help you determine if you have a claim.
At O’Malley Tunstall, PC, our Raleigh premises liability lawyers have experience handling a variety of premises liability cases, including slip and fall accidents, dog bites, elevator and escalator accidents, swimming pool accidents, and more. We understand the laws surrounding these cases and can help you navigate the legal process.
To learn more about your legal options and to get started on your case, call our office today at (919) 277-0150 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability laws hold property owners responsible for any injuries people face on their premises that could have been avoided. Slippery floors, cracks in a walkway, and faulty electrical wiring—are just some of the potential hazards that could put visitors at risk. As a visitor, guest, or customer in North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries you suffer due to negligence for safety on the property.
Some examples of harmful accidents include:
- Tripping over cracked concrete on someone’s sidewalk
- Falling down a neglected slippery stairway in a mall
- Being exposed to harmful chemicals in a building that has not been inspected
- Experiencing robbery in a public building due to a lack of security
- Being hit by falling retail products that were not securely stacked
If you are not sure whether your accident counts as a premises liability issue, our skilled lawyers can help you. Since 1983, we have been dedicated to advocating for the rights of the injured in Raleigh as well as throughout the state.
Because injuries range widely and not all are easily treated, being financially compensated for your losses can help cover any costs that have resulted from your accident. This includes medical bills for your recovery process, a loss of wages from being unable to go to work, or perhaps even covering costs for a funeral in the case of a fatality.
If you or your loved one has been hurt in an accident on someone else’s property, you can rely on us to conduct a thorough investigation of your case, determine liability and tenaciously fight for your compensation. With strong trial experience, we are prepared to handle your case in front of a jury if necessary.
What is the Procedure for Determining Negligence in a Premises Liability Claim?
For a premises liability claim to be successful, you will need to prove that the property owner was negligent in maintaining their property. This means that they knew—or should have known—about the dangerous condition on their property and did not take steps to fix it or warn visitors about it.
For example, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident at a grocery store, you would need to prove that the store knew—or should have reasonably known—about the spill on the floor and did nothing to clean it up or warn shoppers about it.
In some cases, proving negligence can be difficult, which is why it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer who can help investigate your case and gather evidence to support your claim.
What Are Some Common Injuries in Premises Liability Cases?
There is a wide range of injuries that can occur in premises liability cases, as every accident is different. Some common injuries we have seen in our clients include:
- Sprains and strains
- Fractured and broken bones
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Neck and back injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
No matter how minor you think your injuries may be, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident. In some cases, what may seem like a minor injury could be something more serious. A medical professional can properly diagnose your injuries and provide you with a treatment plan.
Additionally, if you wait too long to seek medical attention, the property owner’s insurance company could argue that your injuries are not as serious as you claim.
How can a Lawyer Help Me Win My Case?
You may have heard the term premises liability and wondered what it meant. In short, premises liability is the legal responsibility of a property owner to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. This means that if you are injured while on somebody else’s property, they may be held liable.
A premises liability lawyer will investigate your case and determine who is at fault. In order to win your case, your lawyer will need to prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition of their property and did not take steps to fix it. If they failed to do this, they could be held liable for your injuries.
Your lawyer will also work to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, your lawyer may recommend taking the case to trial.
You do not have to wait to have your case evaluated. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, you can call us at (919) 277-0150. You can also connect with us online.