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Pittsburgh Premises Liability Attorney

Slips and Falls, Dog Bites & Unsafe Property Accidents

In a small city like Pittsburgh and surrounding boroughs and municipalities we rely closely on our neighbors in our tight-knit communities. Many of us have grown up together and as we grow older together we learn to work together and have respect for one another.

We also rely on our neighbors to shovel the snow and ice off of their walks during our long winters, properly maintain their properties and respectfully manage their pets. Most of our neighbors step up to these duties, but unfortunately that is not always the case.

Too often people suffer injuries as the result of a negligent neighbor or property owner. Most people will end up suffering for their injuries without ever making an attempt to hold the responsible party accountable. Premises liability injuries could stem from private property owners or commercial property owners (restaurants, grocers, businesses, venues, etc.)

The Pittsburgh Injury Attorneys at SMA Law Group understand how frustrating and painful it is to be in a serious accident.

We believe that people who cause others harm, even by sheer negligence or oversight, should be held responsible โ€“ especially when someone elseโ€™s health or life could be at risk if the problem is not fixed.

If you have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another person or company, you have a right to try to fully collect compensation for your medical bills, pain & suffering, lost time at work and other damages. Property owners have a duty to properly manage their house, building, storefront, property premises and pets.

Our experienced Accident Lawyers do not collect any fees unless we win your case. Call today for a free case evaluation.

Victims may require long-term medical treatment for certain injuries, which can dramatically and negatively impact their lives.

If you have been injured and are wondering whether you should file a premises liability claim, please contact our law office for a free consultation. We do not charge any fees unless we win your case. Our premises liability attorneys handle all types of accidents including:

Slips and falls may be caused by any of the following: icy sidewalks or business entrances, loose railings, uneven surfaces or loose carpet/rugs, unsafe stairwells, poor lighting, loose electrical cords or other obstructions, unsafe balconies, or wet or slippery flooring.

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Proving Fault In Premises Liability Cases

Most premises liability cases are not the easiest to prove. The victim of the accident has to be able to demonstrate that the property owner was negligent and that the owner was aware of the danger on their property or should have been aware.

If you have access to a digital camera or have a camera on your mobile phone, a good first step in collecting evidence is to take photos or videos as soon as possible. Gathering the names and phone numbers of any witnesses is a good second step.

The attorneys at SMA Law Group will fully investigate the cause of your accident and thoroughly examine all evidence in order to build a strong case and prove that the property ownerโ€™s negligence caused the accident.

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Types Of Injuries From Premises Liability Cases

Our accident attorneys work with many people who have suffered injuries from a premises liability ranging from a sprained ankle to spinal cord damage to wrongful death. Many victims have required hospitalization and rehabilitation and have not been able to work or perform their usual daily functions due to broken bones, dislocated joints, brain injuries and other serious injuries.

SMA Law Group: The Difference Makers

We will give your case the personal attention you deserve and do everything possible to get money for your injuries. Our primary goal is to win you the maximum compensation you deserve. We handle all premises liability cases on a contingency basis, which means we donโ€™t get paid unless you get paid.

Our experiencedย personal injury attorneysย will do everything possible to get you the money you deserve and recover what you are owed for your injuries. We will conduct an extensive investigation into the accident, collecting evidence as needed to present a strong and winnable case.

We are aggressive and compassionate accident attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA who understand your rights and how to fight for the money you deserve. Our thorough knowledge of the legal system enables us to give more time and care to people who have been injured and need help.

Our attorneys are not just here to collect a paycheck โ€“ we are here to make a difference.ย Contact us today.

Premises liability accidents โ€“ or, to be more specific, slip and fall accidents โ€“ account for more than 40 percent of all spinal injuries in the U.S., according to HG.org. By contrast, motor vehicle crashes account for about 35 percent of back injuries.

Statistically speaking, approximately one in ten of all lawsuits are related to premises liability, while nearly 98 percent of all such lawsuits are decided by a jury, which is why the importance of hiring a premises liability accident attorney in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania cannot be overstated.

Our Pittsburgh premises liability accident lawyer from SMA Law Group is going to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by our clients who get injured on various types of property.

Are You Eligible to File a Premises Liability Claim in Pittsburgh?

What types of accidents on someone elseโ€™s property entitle you to compensation under the legal theory of premises liability? That is the question we asked our Pittsburgh premises liability accident attorney.

Premises liability claims can involve various types of property, while the owners or occupiers of these properties will be held liable for any injuries and damages caused by their failure to fulfill their legal obligations and exercise a duty of care:

  • Public building (any building that is accessible to the public and is funded from public sources)
  • Private homes
  • Private properties
  • Nightclubs, bars, movie theaters, and other entertainment establishments
  • Cafes, restaurants, fast food joints, and other food-serving properties
  • Vacant land
  • Apartment complexes
  • Public areas
  • Grocery stores
  • Beauty salons, barbershops, hair and nail salons
  • Gyms, SPAs, and fitness clubs

Our legal experts have previously outlined the circumstances in which a property owner may be responsible for damages and injuries in our blog.

What is Involved in a Premises Liability Case?

In Pennsylvania, a typical premises liability accident lawsuit is settled within about 24 months, while the average settlement or award for such cases is about $100,000, but can be substantially higher when the plaintiff is represented by a premises liability accident lawyer in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

Recovering damages in a premises liability case requires extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania premises liability law, as the victim needs to establish four elements in order to receive compensation for his or her injury sustained on someone elseโ€™s property:

  1. The owner of the property where the accident occurred owed the victim a duty of care. Whether or not the owner of the property where you were injured owed you a duty of care depends on your status as a visitor (more about it later).
  2. There was a dangerous or hazardous condition on the property. The condition should be one that the property owner knew or should have known about through the exercise of due diligence.
  3. The dangerous condition was a direct or proximate cause of the victimโ€™s injury.
  4. The victim suffered damages as a result of the premises liability accident.

How to Identify Your Status as a Visitor on Someone Elseโ€™s Property?

Your eligibility to seek compensation in a premises liability case depends on your status as a visitor on the property where you sustained your injury. There are three different categories of visitors under premises liability law:

  • Invitee. If you were invited to enter the property for a lawful purpose, you are considered an invitee. The invitation can be either explicit or implied. For example, contractors are considered invitees.
  • Licensee. If you have no contractual relationship with the owner of the property on which you were injured, you may be classified as a licensee. However, licensees still have express or implicit permission to enter the premises, and thus the property owner owes a duty of care to licensees.
  • Trespasser. Trespassers are people who enter an ownerโ€™s property with neither express nor implicit permission to do so. However, as absurd as it may sound, even trespassers are owed a certain duty of care. For example, it is prohibited by law for property owners to set up dangerous conditions or traps intentionally to cause harm to trespassers.

Schedule a free consultation with our Pittsburgh premises liability accident attorney from SMA Law Group to identify your status as a visitor, determine your eligibility to recover damages, evaluate how much your case is worth, and prepare a winning legal strategy. Call our law offices at 412-765-3345.

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Date published: 2018-07-13
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