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What Actually is a Premises Liability Claim?

That’s where the owner of the premises has a duty and responsibility to keep the premises in a safe manner.

What Types of Injuries are Generally Sustained in Premises Liability Claims?

We’re talking about fall down cases, cases involving flight of stairs, there might be a railing on the porch that’s loose, there might be snow and ice in a walkway.

What is Causation in Premises Liability?

Causation is the relationship between cause and effect. If there’s snow and ice in a driveway, that causes somebody to fall and be injured; if there is a railing that’s loose in a porch, that causes somebody to fall and be injured.

Is Comparative ir Contributory Negligence Ever a Factor in Premises Liability Cases?

Comparative negligence is.

What Damages can be Recovered in a Premises Liability Claim?

We are looking at medical expenses, we are looking at future medical expenses, we are looking at a loss of earning capacity, we are looking at the loss of companionship in society and pain and suffering.

What Factors Constitute a Viable Premises Liability Claim?

The fact that make up a valid premises liability would be that the owner of the property did not keep the property in a safe manner and the person was injured as a result of that.

What are the top Misconceptions About Premises Liability Claims?

Misconception would be that sometimes people feel that they caused the incident, that they possibly should have been more careful when there was a defect on the property. If they speak with an experienced personal injury attorney, I should say an injury attorney who is experienced in handling premises liability cases, that he can then address the issues that would be applicable.

What are the Duties of a Property Owner?

The owner of the property has a responsibility to keep the property in a safe manner.

What Steps Should Someone Take If They Have Been Injured on Someone Else’s Property?

The most important step is to speak with an attorney who is experienced in handling premises liability cases.

Is There a Statute of Limitations for a Premises Liability Claim?

Yes, there is. 3 years from the date of the incident. When it’s a minor, its’ 3 years form the date that they reach the majority age.

How Long do Premises Liability Cases Generally Take to get Resolved?

Small cases can take 9 to 12 months. Some of the cases where the injuries are more significant with a larger, it can take a year and a half to 2 years. That’s not always the case in every specific case. They may take longer or they may take a little less.

Why is it Critical to Hire an Experienced Attorney to Handle a Premises Liability Claim?

That’s not advisable because you want to find someone who is experienced in handling premises liability claims. There may be factors that people don’t think to look at. In snow and ice cases, it may not be just the owner of the property who would be involved, it may be a company that they contract out to do the plowing and do the sanding and do the salting. It may not be just the area that they fell in, it may be the owner of the mall that there might be a down spell which causes snow and ice to collect in that area. There are just many different factors that are involved which I would suggest would dictate the need for someone who is experienced in handling those cases versus somebody trying to do it on their own.

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