Unfortunately, you are in danger of being injured in a premises liability accident anytime you leave your home. Premises liability accidents refer to accidents that happen at many businesses, organizations, and properties when the owners allow dangerous conditions to exist on their properties. Sadly, these accidents are almost always preventable if the property owners kept these properties free of dangerous hazards and properly maintained.
If you are injured in a premises liability accident due to a property owner’s negligence, you could suffer devastating injuries that could result in you incurring expensive medical bills and being off work with no wages for months or longer. The experienced premises liability accident attorneys at Greenspun Shapiro PC have helped many individuals protect their rights and hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions. We are here to help you pursue your legal options to obtain the compensation you need and deserve to move on with your life.
What Are Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents?
Premises liability accidents can happen at many different locations, some being places that you may go to on a frequent basis. Some of the places these accidents occur include:
- Retail stores and malls
- Gas stations
- Amusement parks
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Office buildings
- Playground centers
- Swimming pools
- Escalators and elevators
- Rental properties
- Private properties owned by family and friends
Premises liability cases also involve many types of negligent actions by property owners that cause victims to suffer devastating injuries that can sometimes change their lives forever. Some of the common types of cases where victims must seek compensation for their injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents. These are probably the most common type of premises liability accidents. They can occur when property owners fail to clean up spills, debris, or other hazards on the floor and to repair damaged flooring, stairways, and other dangers at their properties.
- Dog and other animal bite attacks. When an owner of a dog and other animal does not keep his pet under control or even worse, mistreats him, the animal can attack an unsuspecting victim. This can cause the injured person to suffer serious injuries, scars, disfigurement, or death.
- Negligent security accidents. When property owners who have a duty to provide security or offer these protections do so negligently, they can be liable when an individual is injured. The injured person is often a victim of a crime, such as assault, theft, or rape, and can suffer serious injuries and emotional trauma from his ordeal.
- Defective stairway hazards. Stairways can become dangerous when stairway rails are broken or loose, stairs are broken, or spills, ice, and debris are not promptly removed.
- Swimming pool accidents. Guests at swimming pools can suffer horrific injuries or drown when pool owners fail to replace dangerous drains, do not provide life guards or life-saving equipment, fail to repair or replace defective pool stairs, and more.
- Elevator and escalator accidents. Individuals—especially children—can get their clothes, fingers, or toes caught in the escalator if it is not properly maintained. Slip and fall and other accidents are also common on elevators and escalators when they are not repaired and maintained on a regular schedule.
- Mold and other toxic substance injuries. If a property owner fails to remove mold or exposes guests to other toxic substances, they can develop serious health conditions, such as respiratory illnesses or cancer, depending on the level of their exposure.
What Types of Injuries Could You Suffer in a Premises Liability Accident?
You could suffer many types of injuries in a premises liability accident that could cause you to experience chronic pain and lifelong limitations in your ability to work and to perform the day-to-day activities you once took for granted. Even a soft tissue injury that many insurance companies consider minor can cause to experience long-term pain and may cause you problems for the rest of your life. Common injuries accident victims suffer include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Broken bones and serious fractures
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Eye injuries
- Torn ligaments and muscle strains and tears
- Deep lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
Get the Compensation You Deserve for Your Premises Liability Injuries
If a property or business owner’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries in a premises liability accident, you need to hold them accountable for compensating you for your financial losses and the emotional trauma you suffered as a result. Compensation you may be entitled to include:
- Medical expenses—both past and future bills
- Lost wages—including your past and future wages, lost benefits, commissions, and bonuses, and your future earning capacity if you become disabled
- Pain and suffering—to compensate you for the pain and emotional trauma you suffered due to the accident and your injuries
- Wrongful death—available to family members dependent on the deceased victim
How Our Experienced Premises Liability Attorneys Can Help You Obtain Justice
Premises liability cases are complex, and multiple parties could be responsible for compensating you. Even if you believe liability is straightforward, the insurance company for the negligent business or property owner will find disputes it can use to deny or reduce your claim. You need an experienced premises liability attorney who can help you take the proper steps to build your case and to negotiate a settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries.
At Greenspun Shapiro PC, our experienced legal team is committed to thoroughly investigating your accident and aggressively litigating your case so you receive the full value of your claim. If necessary, we are not afraid to take your case to trial. Let us take the burden of negotiating your settlement off your shoulders so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Fill out our online form or call our Fairfax law firm today at (703) 352-0100 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.