Premises liability accidents cover a lot of ground. They basically encompass all accidents occurring on the property of another. This includes businesses, retailers, construction sites, customers, private residences and more. They include all varieties of accidents from falling boxes, to equipment and machinery related accidents, to accidents involving vehicles, to the basic slip and fall to name just a few.
Premises liability accidents, particularly slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of personal injuries. They are often mocked and trivialized to suggest that people hurt in these accidents are manipulating the legal system for personal gain. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, these accidents can cause extremely serious injuries and on occasion even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or wrongful death as a result of the negligence of business or property owner in maintaining their premises, you may have many questions. The following pages are intended to address some of the most commonly asked questions that come up with these types of cases.
The pages that follow are not intended as legal advice but simply to provide information on how to proceed with a premises liability claim. It is rarely if ever a good idea to try to pursue one of these claims without the assistance of an attorney experienced in premises liability, and slip and fall type claims.
There are many issues that will come up. There are also some pretty basis steps that you should take immediately to protect your rights. To read more on these necessary steps, go here:
Regarding the issues you will face, the first is extremely important. Immediately following the accident, you may be faced with a request by the business to sing a full release of claims in return for some small financial payout or even the payment of medical bills. Signing a release means your case is over. With serious injuries this means it is over before it even starts.
Related to this question, if you are not fortunate enough to have health insurance, you will be faced with the challenged of obtaining medical care for your injuries. This too can be a challenge that an attorney can often help to resolve.
You must also begin to document your claims. Documentation begins at the time of the accident and will not end until the case has been resolved through settlement or trial. Slip and fall accidents can be more difficult to document than other personal injury cases. For instance, in an auto accident, there is almost always a police report and there are often witnesses including the other driver. In slip and fall accidents, you must rely on the business to document the accident and far too often they prepare a one-sided report or fail to file a report at all.
There are many other issues that will come up that are common to all personal injury claims. For these, we have created a separate FAQ section which you can review here:
In any event, if you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or wrongful death on the property of another, whether it is a business, retailer or even a private home, you should seek the attention of an attorney. Every case is different and requires individual attention from an attorney. Your case is no different and you should not go it alone.