When you visit a store, restaurant, hotel, park, or other property, you probably do not think about the risk of injury from a dangerous or hazardous condition on the property. Property and business owners must protect visitors by keeping their premises free from hazards and warning visitors of any conditions that might injure them.

When owners and occupiers of properties fail in this duty and someone gets hurt, they may be held accountable. The case is known as a premises liability action. It can be brought by a visitor injured on the property.

At Ward Black Law, our premises liability lawyers hold property owners accountable when visitors to their property are injured. We believe property owners must maintain their property for safety and warn visitors of any unsafe conditions.

Premises liability covers a comprehensive range of lawsuits for injuries caused by a property owner’s failure to warn, maintain or correct situations on public and private premises.

If you have been injured due to a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property in Greensboro or anywhere in North Carolina, contact Ward Black Law today. We will provide a free initial case evaluation. We are ready to discuss your legal rights and options for seeking compensation for your injuries.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability involves the responsibility of property owners to maintain safe conditions for visitors on their property. Each year, thousands of people are injured when they slip, trip or fall on the property of another. The property includes garages, supermarkets, apartment complexes and other buildings. If you have fallen and been injured, you may be entitled to recover damages for your injury. If the defect that caused your fall was known by the owner or person responsible for maintaining the property, you may have a case.

Property owners are legally bound to provide reasonably safe conditions on their properties. At a minimum, they must warn of conditions that they know may be unsafe. The owners of shopping centers, department stores, grocery stores, service stations, city sidewalks, apartment complexes, homes, and other properties must meet these requirements.

Negligent property owners who do not meet their duties must pay damages to victims who are injured. Those damages may include medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of current and potential wages, and other expenses.

Common Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle

Common premises liability cases involve a slip, trip, or fall because of a defect or hazard on another person’s property. At Ward Black Law, our premises liability lawyers handle cases involving, for example:

  • Slippery sidewalks
  • Potholes
  • Oil or grease on floor of garage or ramp
  • Tree roots
  • Balcony and stairway collapse
  • Poor lighting
  • Water on the floor
  • Food or spilled liquids on supermarket floors
  • Blocked aisles
  • Loose carpet
  • Cords, string, or wires on the ground
  • Broken or cracked sidewalks
  • Falls on escalators and elevators
  • Unprovoked dog bites and attacks
  • Failure to warn of a property’s hazardous or unsafe condition

Our firm can help you pursue compensation for these premises liability accidents in addition to slip, trip and fall cases:

Dog bites

Dog owners owe a duty of care to protect visitors from bites and attacks by their dog, especially when the owner knows the dog may be dangerous.  Dog owners must ensure that those dogs stay on the owner’s property unless leashed, muzzled or otherwise restrained.

Negligent security

Property owners and operators may be held liable for failing to provide adequate security for their premises, when the lack of security results in someone being injured as the victim of a criminal act.

Elevator accidents

Elevators can seriously injure riders when elevator cars experience sudden drops, or when they fail to correctly stop at floors. Injuries may also occur when elevator doors close on a person entering or exiting the elevator car.

Swimming pool accidents

Swimming pools pose serious risks of injury through slip and fall accidents or through drowning accidents. In addition, inadequate warning signs and safety measures, such as lifeguards not being present, may lead to injuries to swimmers who dive into shallow pools or who engage in horseplay.

Retail store injury

Numerous hazardous conditions in a retail store can lead to injuries to customers. Those conditions include slipping or tripping hazards, crush accidents from falling merchandise and displays, or injuries from criminal activity resulting from negligent security.

Amusement park accidents

Guests of amusement parks face potential injury from accidents, including slip and fall accidents, or injuries from accidents caused by negligently designed, constructed, maintained or operated amusement rides.

Failure to warn

Property owners and operators owe a duty to lawful visitors to warn of dangerous or hazardous conditions on the premises, particularly when those conditions may not be “open and obvious” to a visitor.

Property owner negligence

Property owners and operators usually have a duty to conduct reasonable inspections of their property to discover potentially dangerous or hazardous conditions and to undertake reasonable efforts to remove or repair those hazards.

How Can a Greensboro Premises Liability Attorney Help?

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property due to a dangerous or hazardous condition, and you believe the condition arose from the negligence of the property or business owner, you may decide to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

You don’t have to pursue your legal claim alone. A Greensboro premises liability attorney from Ward Black Law can help you with your claim by:

  • Investigating the circumstances of your accident and injuries and recovering evidence to prove your claim for compensation
  • Identifying at-fault parties, such as property owners, business owners, tenants, or third-party maintenance companies, and identifying sources of compensation such as insurance coverages
  • Working with experts to develop a strong, persuasive legal argument to show how your accident occurred, why the other party or parties are liable for your injuries, and the extent of your compensable damages
  • Filing your claims with the applicable insurance companies and pursuing a negotiated settlement that provides you with fair compensation for your injuries and damages
  • Preparing to take your claim to court or to trial, if it becomes necessary, and vigorously advocating for a verdict or judgment in your favor

Demanding Full Compensation for Your Injuries

When you’ve been injured on someone else’s property through no fault of your own, you deserve to seek full compensation for the damages you have, and will continue to incur, because of your injuries. In a premises liability action, you may be entitled to seek full compensation for these damages:

  • Costs of medical treatments
  • Costs of long-term care
  • Lost income and earning potential
  • Lost enjoyment and quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Let Ward Black Law help you understand your rights to compensation in a Greensboro premises liability case.

What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt on Someone Else’s Property

If you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property in North Carolina, the following steps can help protect your legal rights and your options for pursuing compensation:

  • Report your injuries to the property or business owner. Reporting your accident and injuries will allow the property or business owners to contact their insurance company. If you are injured on commercial property, the business may prepare an accident or incident report. Be sure to ask for a copy. If you wait to report your accident or your injuries, you run the risk of the property or business owners arguing that your accident never actually happened on their property. Waiting too long to report your accident also runs the risk of having important evidence, such as surveillance video, lost under records retention policies.
  • Get the contact and insurance information of the property owner or operator. You can file a claim with their insurance company, if you decide to seek compensation for your injuries or damages.
  • Document the accident scene and your injuries. If possible, take photos or video of the accident scene, including whatever you believe caused your injury. Also photograph warning signs or other safety equipment, any visual obstructions in the area, and the lighting and weather conditions at the time of the accident. If you suffered any visible injuries, document those as well.
  • Get examined by your health care provider. Although you may not feel any pain or other symptoms of an injury, an examination by a physician or other medical professional may reveal injuries of which you were unaware. Identifying your injuries as soon as possible after your accident will allow you to show that those injuries were caused by the accident and not by some other trauma.
  • Speak to a Greensboro premises liability lawyer. A premises liability lawyer can help you understand what your legal rights may be in your case. The attorney can begin the process of seeking compensation from the property owner or operator.

Tips for Dealing with Insurance Companies After an Accident

If you have a premises liability claim, you will likely file your claim with the insurance company of the property or business owner where your injury occurred. These tips may help when dealing with the insurance company following your accident:

  • The insurance company does not look out for your interests. The company’s goal is to get you to accept as little compensation as possible. The insurance company may deny certain aspects of your claim or rely on other tactics in an effort to reduce their liability.
  • Be careful in what you say to an insurance adjuster or company representative. The insurance companies may use your statements to argue that you bear some or all the fault for your accident. If you must speak to the insurance companies, limit what you say to the facts as you remember them.
  • Do not immediately accept the first offer of compensation. Because the insurance company is trying to get you to accept as little money as possible, the first offer rarely represents full compensation for your damages. The offer may be less than the maximum amount of compensation the insurance company may be willing to offer.
  • Have an attorney review anything the insurance company asks you to sign. Make sure that you are not agreeing to anything that waives important rights or compensation.

Tips for Dealing with Insurance Companies After an Accident

If you have a premises liability claim, you will likely file your claim with the insurance company of the property or business owner where your injury occurred. These tips may help when dealing with the insurance company following your accident:

  • The insurance company does not look out for your interests. The company’s goal is to get you to accept as little compensation as possible. The insurance company may deny certain aspects of your claim or rely on other tactics in an effort to reduce their liability.
  • Be careful in what you say to an insurance adjuster or company representative. The insurance companies may use your statements to argue that you bear some or all the fault for your accident. If you must speak to the insurance companies, limit what you say to the facts as you remember them.
  • Do not immediately accept the first offer of compensation. Because the insurance company is trying to get you to accept as little money as possible, the first offer rarely represents full compensation for your damages. The offer may be less than the maximum amount of compensation the insurance company may be willing to offer.
  • Have an attorney review anything the insurance company asks you to sign. Make sure that you are not agreeing to anything that waives important rights or compensation.

Talk to a Premises Liability Lawyer in Greensboro, NC

When you have been injured on someone else’s property, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries and damages. Don’t wait another day to pursue your premises liability claim. Let a skilled Greensboro premises liability lawyer fight to secure the financial recovery you deserve anywhere in the state of North Carolina.

Contact us for a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a premises liability lawyer from Ward Black Law in Greensboro. You will learn more about how our firm can help you secure maximum compensation in your premises liability case. We will help you know your rights and understand your options.

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