Premises liability covers a wide range of scenarios, from slipping at the grocery store to suffering a dog attack at a friend’s house. Whether you were injured on a private or commercial property, a lawsuit can help you hold the property owner responsible for the damages you incurred. Through mediation and numerous court proceedings, premises liability attorneys Randy Akin and Greg Burton have helped many victims receive proper compensation following injuries and other losses. Learn more about how we can help you by contacting our office online or calling (903) 297-8929 today to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.
How Do I Know My Case Falls Under Premises Liability?
Any situation in which the owner of property failed to ensure it was safe for visitors may constitute as a premises liability case. In all states, owners are required to make a reasonable effort to secure their property. Common instances of premises liability include:
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool injuries
- Injuries on stairwells
Injuries can stem from a variety of causes. Poorly maintained sidewalks, dim lighting, and inadequate or negligent security can all lead to serious accidents. One of the keys to determining if you have a premises liability case is your status as a visitor on the property where you were injured.
If a property owner fails to maintain a relatively safe environment, they can be held liable for any accidents or injuries that occur on their property.
In most cases, if you are an uninvited guest, or trespasser, you are not entitled to compensation in the event of an injury. In contrast, invitees and licensees are entitled to the highest duty of care and can seek damages in the case of negligence. Our personal injury attorneys can help you collect evidence and build your case.
In most premises liability cases, responsibility for maintaining the property is held by the owner. If the owner fails to maintain a relatively safe environment, they can be held liable for any accidents or injuries that occur on their property. However, in order to collect compensation, you must be able to prove:
- Your injury or accident was directly caused by a dangerous condition
- The owner knew, or should have known, about said dangerous condition
- They did not take reasonable measures to secure the property
This process becomes more complicated when an injury occurs at an apartment complex or commercial property that is leased. Typically, liability for the accident falls to the individual leasing the property, rather than the owner. However, there are exceptions for defects which are concealed, conditions that existed when the tenant took possession of the property, and repairs made by the landlord.
Qualified Legal Representation
As a board-certified personal injury attorney, Randy Akin has the resources necessary to build a strong case. Along with his associate, Greg Burton, he can consult with experts in accident reconstruction and hold responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions. If you or a loved one has been injured on private or commercial property as the result of negligence, contact our office online or by phone at (903) 297-8929 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation today.