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Proving Fault in Premises Liability Cases

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on January 02, 2014

Proving Fault in Premises Liability CasesAccidents can happen any time and anywhere, which is why it's important for you to remain attentive about your situations and surroundings. With this in mind, we should note that when accidents occur on another person's property, the property owner may be legally liable for any injuries or harm that have been sustained. This is part of premises liability law, of which there are a number of misconceptions and misunderstandings.

The personal injury attorneys at our law firm would like to take this opportunity to consider the nature of premises liability lawsuits and what they entail, with a particular focus on the idea of proving fault. You may be surprised to learn about a few of the concerns that go into these kinds of cases.

About Premises Liability Lawsuits

Broadly, premises liability lawsuits are lawsuits that are filed following an injury on someone else's property. The property owner may be a business of some kind or an individual, and the injuries may be the result of tripping and slipping hazards, dangerous areas that lack proper signage, and even poor conditions at the property.

Examples of Premises Liability Lawsuits

Some common examples of premises liability lawsuits that our slip and fall attorneys have seen include:

  • Slipping on a wet floor at a supermarket
  • Falling off an unmarked ledge or ledge without a safety rail
  • Tripping on cables strewn along the floor
  • Falling down stairs due to poorly maintained steps
  • Head injury due to unsecured objects falling off shelves
  • Electrocution from exposed or poor wiring in the wall

How serious can these sorts of injury accidents be?

Injuries from these kinds of accidents can range in severity depending on the nature of the incident. Some injuries may result in bumps and bruises and are minor, while others can lead to lacerations, broken bones, and serious injury to the back or spine. Fatalities are not unheard of in serious injury cases.

What does it mean to "prove fault"?

Proving fault is an essential part of all personal injury lawsuits. In essence, to prove fault means to prove that another person or party acted negligently and is hence responsible for the injury that a victim has sustained.

For example, if a property owner failed to provide a handrail on the stairs or at a ledge, he or she may be at fault for not observing this simple safety measure. Similarly, if the workers at a supermarket do not place a "wet floor" sign after mopping part of the store, the store may be held liable for its failure to warn customers of a potential slipping hazard.

How Our Attorneys Can Help Clients

Our legal team will look at all available evidence surrounding your case, including medical records, police reports, witness accounts of the incident, and, if available, security footage or CCTV footage of the incident. By considering all available evidence, we will build a strong legal case on your behalf so that you can receive just compensation for any injuries and losses that you have endured.

Learn More About Premises Liability Lawsuits

For more information about premises liability lawsuits and why they need to be taken so seriously, we encourage you to contact our Palm Coast personal injury attorneys today. During your meeting with our legal experts, we will help you make wise decisions regarding all of your legal options. We are here for you in your time of legal need.

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