Commercial property owners, business proprietors, homeowners, landlords and tenants have a duty under the law to maintain safe conditions for their guests and patrons. If they fail to do so, and you get hurt, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit.
Premises liability can involve a host of hazardous conditions, including concealed holes, open excavations, uncleared snow and ice, wet floors, standing water, inadequate security, insufficient lighting and unsecured floor mats. Injuries from falls caused by premises hazards can be very serious, ranging from paralyzing head injuries to internal organ damage, broken bones, and neck and back injuries. Those injuries can result in huge medical bills, lost wages and even permanent disability.
Premises liability cases often involve complex legal issues, and require the counsel of experienced premises liability lawyers like the ones at Powell Law. In a slip and fall lawsuit, you can sue for economic damages, such as past and future wage loss, and past and future medical bills, as well as non-economic damages, commonly known as pain and suffering. Those damages compensate you or your spouse for such things as emotional suffering, loss of life’s pleasures and loss of consortium. In certain cases, where the defendant showed a “reckless disregard” for your safety, you may be entitled to seek punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant, deter future reckless conduct and keep others safe from harm.
Whether you have grounds for a premises liability claim, and how much you can expect to recover in monetary damages from the case, depends on many factors. You should contact the experienced premises liability attorneys at Powell Law to evaluate your case and determine if you have a viable claim. Don’t delay talking to a lawyer. Premises liability lawsuits are subject to a two-year time limitation, known as a statute of limitations. The clock starts ticking on the date of the injury, and after it runs out, you forfeit your right to sue.
Also, you may be approached by the defendant’s insurance company with an offer to settle your case before you’ve had the chance to talk to a lawyer. It is likely that if they are making you an offer, they know you have a good case and they want to settle it for far less than what it’s really worth. Our advice is don’t talk to any insurance company representatives and don’t sign anything. Your best course of action is to hire an experienced premises liability attorney and let your lawyer do the talking.
While you may choose to pay your attorney on an hourly basis, most premises injury lawyers handle cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that any fees are paid only after the case ends in a jury verdict or out-of-court settlement. If you don’t win, you don’t pay any fees. Most of our clients choose the contingent fee arrangement. Your attorney at Powell Law will explain the details and answer any questions you may have when you come in for an evaluation of your case.
If you or a family member has been injured by hazardous conditions on someone else’s property, and believe you may have a premises liability claim, contact us TODAY for a FREE evaluation of your case. Remember, you don’t pay any fees unless we win.