Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe condition and to keep them free of conditions that might cause injury to people who are legally on the property. When owners allow unreasonably dangerous conditions to exist, they can be held accountable for injuries caused by those conditions.
Injuries can result from a variety of circumstances in just about any place that owners open their premises to the public:
- Parking facilities
- Swimming pools
- Office buildings
- Apartment buildings
- Storage facilities
Conditions that frequently cause premises accident injuries include:
- Uneven or torn carpeting
- Unsafe stairs and escalators
- Unsafe playground equipment
- Wet or slippery floors
- Broken or uneven pavement
- Insufficient security allowing people to become crime victims
Anyone who has been injured on someone else’s property as a result of an unsafe condition that the owner knew about or should have known about, may be able to recover monetary compensation for their losses, including medical bills and, lost earnings. However, these cases are sometimes difficult to prove without the services of an experienced attorney.
To recover compensation for injuries suffered in a premises liability case, you will need to prove these four elements:
1. Liability, meaning that an unsafe condition existed and the owner caused or allowed the condition, and knew or should have known that it could potentially cause harm.
2. Causation, meaning the unsafe condition was the actual cause of the injury.
3. Damages, or actual losses, such as medical expenses and lost earnings, or intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability, and diminished quality of life.
4. Ability of the responsible party to pay, i.e. an owner covered by an insurance policy or adequately self-insured.
A skilled and experienced attorney can help you when the owner of the premises or their insurance company does not offer sufficient compensation to take care of your losses. We can help. At the Law Office of Gunn McKay, we’ll come to your home or hospital to meet with you if you are without transportation. We will take your case on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we recover on your behalf. The initial consultation to evaluate your case is free.
With more than 30 years of legal experience including hundreds of actual trials, we are ready to provide aggressive representation to meet your needs.
Call Gunn McKay, 480-275-6660. He will personally answer your call.