We know that this case settled earlier this year, but we want to bring it to you to highlight the many different ways that people can become injured on other people’s property.
Alina Putich was at a late-night frat party at a USC frat house. The fraternity had hired ‘The Perfect Event’ to produce the party. This company employed a drone operator to take images of those present.
According to the lawsuit, about 20 minutes after Putich arrived, a “heavy object fell on (her) head, causing her to stumble forward into a friend, who caught Putich before she fell down.” The suit goes on to state that her head began to bleed vigorously.
Putich says she suffered injuries to the back of her head, forehead, and left eye. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. She now has permanent scarring on her head and may have plastic surgery to fix some of the damage.
While we do not know the final settlement amount in the case, we think this story shows us just another way that property owners, or those responsible for the property, can cause harm to patrons.
Do you know what to do if you are injured because of the negligence of a property owner?
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability cases can be brought against property owners if the owner’s negligence has caused someone harm. This can include business owners, government property managers, as well as residential property owners.
Any time someone has the right to be on someone else’s property, the property owner has a duty to ensure their safety and security.
When it comes to businesses, this means ensuring that all hazards that patrons could encounter are taken care of. This includes performing regular inspections and maintenance of their property. It also includes their employees making sure that proper protocols are followed when it comes to things like spills, chemical storage, and security issues. Slip and fall accidents result in over 1 million hospital visits a year.
Government controlled buildings and spaces (public parks, DMVs, court houses, etc.) also need to be well-maintained and properly secured to ensure the safety of those who have a right and expectation to be there.
Any time a private residence owner invited people to their property, they need to ensure that they fix any hazards present or warn visitors adequately about potential problems.
What Are Your Options?
If you or a loved one have been injured on someone else’s property due to the negligence of the property owner or their agents, please seek legal assistance. Premises liability cases are complex, but with a skilled attorney, you can get the compensation you deserve for all of your accident related expenses. At the Compass Law Group, we will be by your side, working to make sure you are treated fairly.