Imagine you and your friends deciding to go out to a fun night on the town. Before the big night, you decide to go shopping for a new outfit. You are ready to try on all the clothes and are feeling fierce when you find yourself waking up in an ambulance. What just happened? Where are you and how did you get there? Well, what happened was that while you were walking through a department store you slipped and fell. When you feel you hit your head so hard that you got knocked out. Instead of going out with your friends you have to stay overnight in a hospital because the head injury is more severe than originally thought. Now you have to stress about your health and life instead of what to wear for your great evening out. Who is to blame for this? Who is to be held accountable?
Premises liability is when a person who was injured on a property chooses to sue the property owner for neglect. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. You can’t just fall onto someone’s floor and scream premises liability. Instead, you have to prove that the property owner was negligent by not keeping the place up to a certain standard of care needed for people to walk through and be active in the store without injury. For the sake of imagination, let’s pretend that in our scenario a window had broken which meant that shattered glass was on the floor. No one had picked up the shattered glass. You slipped on a piece of glass and fell onto the pile. This is why your injuries were more severe.
In a premises liability case, our Premises Liability Attorneys at Compass Law Group would consider the area you fell, the overall state of the store, past history of the store owner, and your medical condition. If we can prove that the property owner was negligent by not keeping the property up to state codes then we may be able to show that there was a breach in duty of care. If you are to sue for premises liability then you may receive compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, and other related issues. This can be overwhelming helpful since no one plans to get into an accident. You can’t pay for what you didn’t plan even if you have a rainy day account.
What To Do
If you or someone you love has been injured while on someone or party’s property then consulting with our Premises Liability Attorneys is the right step. Because there is a statue of limitation on this kind of suit, you must start your journey early. Also, because this kind of case requires a lot of communication, documentation, and extra steps that other personal injury cases don’t have to worry about, it is better to start sooner rather than later.