Were You Injured On Someone Else’s Property?
Premises liability law can be difficult to understand. From a legal standpoint, premises liability is when someone is injured by a defective or unsafe condition that occurs on someone else’s property, thus the term “premises.”
Premises liability is a type of negligence, specifically if the property owner was not following proper guidelines to ensure your safety, or they had been previously warned of an unsafe condition and failed to make the necessary changes. When visiting a property that is not your own, you have the “reasonable” expectation that you will not be injured due to negligence by the property owner.
What Is Reasonable Care?
In North Carolina, the standard requirement is that the property owner has taken “reasonable care” to protect his or her visitors from harm. An example of “reasonable care” by a property owner would be cleaning up a spill in the grocery store aisle, then leaving a sign noting the floor may be “wet” or “slick.”
By cleaning up the spill and noting that the floor is wet and slick, the property owner has taken “reasonable care” to ensure that you are not harmed while on the property. If neither of these was done, the injured party could have a premises liability claim against the property owner.
Other examples of premises liability cases include, but are not limited to, not removing the accumulation of snow or ice from a sidewalk or parking lot, defective staircases and/or handrails and tripping hazards such as unsecured rugs and extension cords that could lead to slip-and-fall accidents.
What Do You Do If You Have A Serious Injury
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the fault of another, we will investigate your claim, and if the investigation merits one, we will put our resources and experience to work for you.
Premises liability cases can result from many causes, including:
- Negligent security
- Poor electrical wiring
- Building code violations
- Snow or water left on walkways
- Unmarked hazards
- Poor construction
- Improper maintenance
- Poor or limited lighting
Our attorneys will do their very best to obtain reasonable compensation if you or a loved one was injured by the fault or negligence of others. We understand that you may feel frustrated and confused while suffering from a serious injury on someone else’s property.
Call Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, For Help Today
If you believe you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, give the attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett a call today at 252-787-4627 for a free consultation. Our attorneys handle cases in Greenville, Eastern North Carolina and beyond, and we are available to come to you at your home, the hospital or a nursing home if that is more convenient than an in-office visit. You can trust our team to review the circumstances of your case and fight for the compensation you may deserve for injuries you have sustained.