When you leave your home to go somewhere, the last thing on your mind is that you will get injures. However, there are times when we do get hurt on another person’s property. If that happens to you or a loved one, you may wonder if you have any options?
Is the property owner responsible?
Did they take steps to prevent the injury?
At the SMA Law Group, we want to take some time today and discuss the circumstances in which a property owner may be responsible for damages and injuries that occur on their premises. When you need a Pittsburgh premises liability attorney, call us today so we can work on securing the compensation you deserve.
You Expect Safety
You rightfully expect to be safe when you go onto another person’s property. Whether we are talking about a business, a government property, or someone’s private residence, you should be able to come and go without an injury.
We know that slip and fall incidents are the leading types of premises liability cases, but there are many other ways in which people get hurt. This can include exposure to chemicals, getting injured by store displays, cuts from broken dishes at a restaurant, malfunctioning amusement rides, and more are all examples of the multitude of premises injuries.
A property owner has a responsibility to their patrons to maintain their premises. However, there are some things that your attorney will examine when determining whether or not you have a strong case.
- Did you have a right to be on the property? This right is usually extended to invitees, licensees, and social guests. These people all have a right to a safe environment. However, a trespasser essentially gives up these rights except in rare situations.
- What was the condition of the property, did the property owner know of any hazards, and did they take steps to remedy the problem or warn guests of the hazard?
- Did the guest contribute to their own injuries in any way? Often, it will be determined that the actions of a guest, in combination with a hazardous condition, caused an injury. For example, if a person is staring at their phone screen and slips in a puddle, both the property owner and the patron could be found at fault.
It is always best to seek assistance from a qualified attorney when determining whether or not to move forward with your case.
If You Need Help Now
If you or a loved one get hurt on another person’s property, you may need to seek legal assistance. It is okay to ask questions about whether or not the property owner did their due diligence to keep you safe. At the SMA Law Group, we want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. We will investigate your case and move to ensure you have coverage for:
- Your medical bills
- Lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages