Gillette Premises Liability Attorneys
Premises liability lawsuits can be complicated, but they’re built on a simple idea: property owners have a responsibility to keep others safe on their land. While life can get messy and accidents happen, we expect others to make reasonable efforts to keep us safe when we're at their house, in their store, or on their property.
If you were injured on someone else’s land, you may have a case, and we’ll investigate it for you. Call a Gillette personal injury lawyer at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., at (307) 257-7800. Tell us what happened, and we’ll discuss your options in a free case strategy session.
Premises liability is a subsection of civil law that deals with personal injury that happened on another’s property. Auto accidents usually do not involve premises liability, since they tend to happen on public roads and involve the actions of each driver. In a premises liability case, it’s the property owner who fails to take reasonable actions to keep others on his or her property safe, and therefore caused the victim’s injuries.
These accidents can include:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Dog attacks
- Negligent security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Grocery store accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Elevator and escalator accidents
Cracked and uneven walkways, poorly lit areas, stairs in need of repair, and a lack of security can all be forms of negligence that get other people hurt. To prove a case in court, there are several factors:
- The property owner owed a duty of care to the victim. Basically, every person has a responsibility to take reasonable measures to make sure another person isn’t hurt by what he does or does not do. Property owners have to extend this care to the condition of their real estate, whether they own or lease the premises.
- The victim was lawfully on the property, as an invited guest, store patron, or someone who entered the property in the course of doing a job, like a mailman. Trespassers may not be able to recover compensation, but there are exceptions for certain attractive nuisances (like pools) and child trespassers.
- The property owner knew or should have known of the hazard that caused injury. Ignorance isn’t a defense. Landlords have to regularly inspect their premises, and fix hazards in a timely manner or put up clear warning signs to keep visitors safe.
- The hazard was the direct cause of the victim’s injuries. The victim will have to prove that he or she suffered actual harm due to the property owner’s negligence.
People can suffer many different types of injuries in premises liability accidents, depending on the situation. Injuries can range from pretty minor things like scrapes and bruises to much more serious trauma to the spinal cord or brain, and all of these injuries deserve proper medical treatment.
Criminal actions can also be grounds for a civil lawsuit, and in some cases, if a property owner fails to take reasonable efforts to make sure that others on the property, including renters, are protected from crime, that property owner can be held financially liable to the victims.
This is especially important for businesses that have large parking lots and other areas that may be dark at night and provide cover for a criminal to hide and wait for a victim. The property owner has a responsibility to make these areas are well-lit to reduce the chances of a crime occurring. In some cases, additional steps like security guards and escorts for customers or employees may be reasonable and necessary to keep people safe.
If you have been harmed on someone else’s property, contact us right away. Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., will examine the facts in your case, and determine if someone else can be held liable for your injuries and other losses. Call us at (307) 257-7800 for a free case strategy session.
For more information regarding slip & fall cases, we recommend that you set up a free consultation with our Gillette premise liability attorney by calling (307) 257-7800!
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