You can be injured on someone else’s property, be it personal or business premises. Examples of accidents you may encounter are slips and falls, dog bites or chemical poisoning, swimming pool accidents, stairway accidents and fire hazards.
If you are injured on another person’s property, the owner may compensate you. But when can you file a claim?
This guide explains situations that constitute a premises liability case.
You were on the property legally
Property owners must ensure their premises are safe. However, this duty may not apply if you are a trespasser. Thus, always have permission to be on a property as a visitor or a customer. You should also avoid getting into your neighbor’s property when they are not around.
The property owner was negligent
A property owner may need to have been negligent for your case to be valid. They might have been aware of the hazardous element, yet they didn’t solve it on time.
For this reason, it is important to talk to a property owner wisely. Ask them if they knew a spill, tile crack or trip hazard was on the property. The answer they give you may be central evidence in your case.
You have evidence
You should take pictures immediately after an accident on someone else’s property if you can. Take photos of your injuries and the location. Conditions may change if you delay taking pictures.
Premises liability cases can be complex. However, learning when you are eligible to file one and the steps to take to have a strong case is crucial. It will also be best to benefit from the skills of experienced professionals.