Injured On Someone Else’s Property?
Being injured on someone else’s property can be a confusing ordeal: who is to blame? You might even wonder if it was your fault that you slipped and fell on a surface, or whether you missed a warning that could have prevented the accident.
The truth is your injury may have been preventable by the property owner. Unsafe conditions, poor property maintenance and a deliberate negligence of these conditions could make him or her liable for what’s happened to you.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or, worse – died as a result of injuries sustained on another’s property, we are truly sorry for your loss. We want to help. You could be entitled to compensation for what you’ve endured, and we believe you deserve that much and more.
Before you discuss your concerns about an incident like this with anyone else, you are encouraged to speak with a Charlotte premises liability attorney. We can answer all your questions and help you determine the best way to move on with your life.
Premises liability law can be complex, and this page has been provided to help answer questions you may have.
At Charles G. Monnett III & Associates, we understand what you are dealing with right now. Seeking legal advice may be the last thing on your mind, though please keep in mind how it could significantly help with medical costs, missed wages or other injury-related expenses that you and your family have incurred. Beyond this, pursuing a claim could provide you with the answers and justice you deserve.
We are available today to help you. Give us a call at (704) 376-1911 and you will receive trusted legal advice for free, with no obligation to retain us for your case if you have one. The premises liability attorneys at Charles G. Monnett & Associates will help you decide what is most beneficial for you.
Premises Liability: What Is It?
Premises liability law is broad and includes a range of cases where an injury was caused by unsafe or defective conditions on someone's property. It is often heard in personal injury cases and can happen almost anywhere, including sidewalks, stairwells and grocery aisles.
When thinking about your claim, it’s important to know that being injured on property deemed “unsafe” does not automatically mean you are entitled to damages. A few things must be determined first.
To prove a premises liability case, you must have evidence that:
- The property manager knew about the unsafe conditions
- The property manager failed to take necessary precautions to remedy them
Gathering the information necessary to do this can be difficult and expensive, but a Charlotte premises liability attorney can help.
North Carolina Premises Liability Attorneys
The best way to ensure a successful outcome for your case is by enlisting the help of a professional. Though no outcome is guaranteed, one thing is for certain: the help of an attorney can prove to be invaluable. Your attorney will be your guide and advocate every step of the way, keeping your desires and goals at the forefront of your case. From handling every detail about your claim to making sure you receive the maximum recovery possible, a premises liability attorney can make a big difference for you and your family.
The premises liability attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates have been defending the injured in North Carolina for over 30 years. We've helped secure better futures for many clients who were once in your shoes, walking with them through difficult times. Like other firms, we know the law inside and out. What makes us different is our care and compassion for each of our clients. We are passionate about your rights, and it shows in our results.
We want to hear from you. To receive pertinent legal advice unique to your injury and situation, give us a call today at (704) 376-1911. Your call is free and confidential. Our door is open to you, even if you decide to utilize another firm.
Premises Liability Accident Cases We Handle
We have successfully handled a range of premises liability cases over the years. These include cases for:
- Slip and fall accidents (slipping hazards unaddressed at store)
- Trip and fall accidents (tripping hazards not addressed on property)
- Defective staircases/elevators (lose stairs or handrails)
- Uneven walking surfaces
- Negligent maintenance (inadequate lighting)
- Exposure to toxic substances or chemicals (carbon monoxide poisoning)
- Electrocution by unsafe power lines
- Construction zone injuries
- Injuries while shopping (falling merchandise or displays)
- Dangerous aisles/floors
- Structural collapses of floors, roofs, porches or balconies
- Attractive nuisances (children on property)
- Inadequate security (break-ins or robberies)
- Dog bites and other animal attacks (pets not properly placed on leashes)
- Highway hazards and negligent road maintenance or design
- Swimming pool injuries from hazardous or unsupervised pools
- Dangerous amusement park rides
Determining Liability in a Premises Accident
One of the most important steps in the legal process is first determining if you have a case, or who is liable for the accident that led to your injuries.
While a landowner or property owner is often presumed liable for unsafe conditions, it is also the maintenance and not merely ownership that can influence who is responsible for a property accident.
North Carolina law requires that all landowners have a duty to exercise reasonable care in maintaining their premises for the protection of lawful visitors. Under this same law, the duty that a landowner owes lawful visitors is different than the duty a landowner owes to trespassers, such as those who enter without permission or other right. Often, landowners are only required to refrain from willful conduct that creates a danger for trespassers.
If you are a landowner or property owner, there are steps you can take to prevent a premises liability lawsuit.
Both land and property owners can resolve unsafe or dangerous conditions by either repairing and making the condition safe, or simply by posting a warning to visitors. However, not all warnings are sufficient to provide notice of a hazard. Also, when a hazard is open and obvious, the landowner or other managing property person generally has no duty to remove the condition or post a warning.
As with any negligence claim in North Carolina, contributory negligence will completely stop a claim. For example, if the injured person was negligent in any way that contributed to his or her injuries, he or she will make no recovery under North Carolina law. This rule is especially applicable to most premises liability cases.
In South Carolina, complimentary negligence states the plaintiff can still collect compensation if he or she is determined to be somewhat responsible, so long as it is not more than that of the defendant.
Premises liability cases are highly fact-specific, and the right premises liability attorney will have the organizational skills to manage these details for you. Choosing a knowledgeable attorney is important for you and the success of your claim.
Have You Been Hurt on Someone Else's Property?
If you’ve recently been injured on someone’s property, or know of someone who has, it's important to act quickly. Taking legal action as soon as possible is as simple as calling a qualified premises liability attorney today.
The State of North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations, meaning you have three years from the date of injury or accident to file a claim, or you could lose your chance to collect damages.
If you have more questions about the law and what your rights are, help is a simple phone call away. Speak with the attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates and let us do the legal work while you focus on regaining your health, happiness and stability.
Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney
A phone call will cost you nothing and can change everything. At Charles G. Monnett & Associates, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we do our job to win you the highest recovery possible for your losses. There is no need to worry about paying for our time or assistance unless we earn you a verdict or settlement.
Let us assess your case for free and offer you practical, valuable information to help you and your loved ones during this difficult time. Contact us today and set up a consultation at (704) 376-1911 and take the first critical step to your recovery.
Three Ways We Can Help You Today
- Help you understand your rights as they apply to your unique case
- Help you to know which medical treatments may be needed
- Help take calls and handle the paper work from insurance companies
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