Similar to slip and fall cases, premises liability involves a person or persons sustaining an injury on property owned, leased or rented by another party which was – in the eyes of the law – expected to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of conditions on the property.
Unlike slip and fall issues, premises liability can apply to a wide range of mishaps. In addition to slips and falls, premises cases can arise from falling objects striking a visitor to a property, electrical shocks, falls through floorings, cuts from broken glass, falling doors or walls, trees and/or tree limbs falling, swimming pool injuries/deaths, amusement park accidents, injuries or deaths associated with a lack of security, incidents associated with stairs, escalators and elevators, and many other causes.
Premises liability law varies from state to state, including technical differences in the laws of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Generally, premises liability law includes the obligation of a property’s owner, lessee or renter to exercise a “reasonable duty of care” in keeping property maintained and safe.
Legally, distinctions are made with respect to who is safeguarded and to what degree by premises liability law. Basically, visitors to a property are, under most state laws, divided into several types, each of which has a different degree of legal protection. The bottom line is if a guest or in some cases, even a trespasser, is injured on a property and can prove it was not properly maintained or that warnings were not provided to visitors, the result can be a successful lawsuit against the responsible party.
These accidents can be extremely serious, with victims sustaining permanent injuries, disfigurement, loss of limbs or even death. Victims can lose their ability to work, forced to give up a career, lose wages, incur enormous health care expenses including hospitalization, surgeries and therapy.
The personal injury attorneys of Pressler, Senftle & Wilhite have provided clients dealing with the consequences of scores of injuries caused by the negligence of those responsible for caring for properties of all types. Our decades of experience with premises liability cases enables us to carefully and thoroughly evaluate these accidents, and provide our clients with a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their individual case.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing clients who have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one in all types of accidents. We know the law, have significant knowledge of venues in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and have successfully represented hundreds of clients in premises liability cases. We will provide you with clear, understandable and accurate information based on the specifics of your case, and we’ll thoroughly explain our recommendations as to your legal options.
If you or a loved one has been injured or lost due to the negligence of a property owner or lessee, contact us today and get the legal counsel you need.