Premises Liability

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Have you been injured at a store? Friend’s house? Sidewalk? When unexpected injuries occur, it can feel like you’ve been thrown into turmoil. As you deal with the pain of your injuries, other aspects of your life like your work and social life can be negatively affected. At times like these, you need a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer by your side to help you get back on track. In some cases, an experienced premises liability lawyer can help you recover compensation for your injuries.

No matter where you were injured, the team at the Law Offices of Colby Lewis can help you fight for your rights to compensation. We are dedicated to guiding you through every aspect of your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. Here we look at the basics of premises liability claims and explore how the Law Offices of Colby Lewis helps victims who are injured on someone else’s property.

Premises liability overview

The legal theory of premises liability arises from the idea that if someone is injured on a premises controlled by another, the controlling party should be held liable for the victim’s injuries.

While any premises injury can expose the controlling party to liability, some are more common than others. These include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Accidents relating to inadequate security
  • Spills
  • Snow and ice
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Unsecure guardrails or safety equipment
  • Other accidents

When you are injured in one of these types of accidents, it can be hard to know where to turn. The pain you experience, the medical expenses, and loss of enjoyment of life can be overwhelming. At the Law Offices of Colby Lewis, we understand that accidents can upend your life. That’s why we are dedicated to fighting zealously for our clients’ rights – you deserve the very best representation for your injuries!

Categories of visitors

Perhaps not unsurprisingly, the law views premises liability claims through a lens of visitor categories. These categories help define the duties owed to the individual and establish liability for any injuries they sustain.
The existence or extent of a controlling party’s liability is based in part on what type of visitor the victim is at the time of their injuries. Some types of visitors are owed a higher duty of care than others. Courts will examine the relationship between the injured and the premises owner to determine what, if any, responsibility the owner had to prevent the victim’s injuries.

The most common categories of visitors include:

Invitees are those who are on the property with the owner’s knowledge and permission, for the mutual benefit of both parties. A customer in a store is an example of an invitee – the possessor knows that their store has customers, those customers are welcome, and they engage in the mutually beneficial activity of consumerism. When the individual is an invitee, the property owner has the duty to either address or warn the invitee about dangerous conditions on the property that the owner knew, or should have known, about. Invitees are given the highest duty of care. Failure to address a dangerous condition or warn of its existence exposes the premises owner to liability for any injuries the invitee sustains.

Licensees, on the other hand, are only one the property for one party’s benefit but are there with the owner’s consent. Social guests are examples of licensees. In these instances, the premises possessor has the duty to not injure any licensees through willful or wanton conduct or gross negligence. Further, they have the duty to address or warn licensees about dangerous conditions if they knew about the danger.

Finally, trespassers are yet another type of visitor. Premises owners have the least amount of duty to trespassers who are there without their consent. Owners have the duty to not injure trespassers through any willful, wanton or grossly negligent conduct. They do not, however, generally have the duty to address or warn of dangerous conditions. However, the premises owner’s duty of care to trespassers may be increased if the trespasser is a minor.

Regardless of the category of visitor you were at the time of the accident, the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Colby Lewis are here to help. We can help you gather evidence, negotiate with the insurance company and file a lawsuit if necessary. Contact us today to find out if you are eligible for compensation for your injuries.

Compensation for premises liability claims

When a victim is injured in a premises liability accident, their damages go beyond merely the physical injury. Victims often miss work, require ongoing medical treatment and experience an overall reduction in their ability to participate in daily activities and enjoy life. As such, premises liability claims can offer a wide array of types of compensation designed to make the victim whole again. The types of compensation you may be eligible for include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive damages
  • Other damages

To get a full evaluation of your case and an approximate estimate of the types of compensation you may qualify for, reach out to our premises liability legal team at the Law Offices of Colby Lewis. We have one of the best specialized teams in the business and are ready and able to help you any time you have a legal need.

We evaluate premises liability claims for top compensation potential

At the Law Offices of Colby Lewis, we know that accidents are expensive and disrupt your daily life for some time to come. We understand the pain and suffering victims experience and are committed to obtaining the top dollar amount for their injuries. For a full evaluation of your claim and to find out what compensation you may be entitled to, contact our hardworking legal team who is always on the lookout for your best interests. Call or click today for a full case evaluation and to get started on your road to financial recovery.