What You Need to Know about Premises Liability
A premises liability case is one where an injured person is hurt on another individual's property. When you visit certain places you have an expectation that the property is safe and free of hazard. But not all property owners keep their premises free from danger, and a slip and fall or other accident can result in serious injuries. If you have fallen while at the mall, a casino, or even while on private property, we can help. Our premises liability lawyer at the Law Office of William R. Kendall in Reno, NV, offers exceptional legal representation for all types of personal injury matters, including premises liability cases.
What Is Premises Liability?
The law of premises liability provides that when you are on the property of another, for a valid purpose, you can expect not to be hurt. Depending on the type of property, this can mean an owner has the duty to:
- Maintain an even walking surface, free from cracks and deep rivets.
- Keep flooring clean and dry.
- Install security cameras.
- Provide security.
- Keep the premises well lit.
When property owners fail to take these precautions and an accident occurs, the victim can seek compensation from the owner. Establishing a case requires you to prove liability and provide proof of your damages. Most people suffer physical injuries that require medical attention and even long term therapy services. The negligent party is responsible for repayment of these costs as well as lost wages and other out of pocket expenses.
A premises liability case is a special type of lawsuit. The burden of proof on the injured person is high. We maximize your recovery by focusing on the details.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
There are many types of accidents and when dealing with a premises liability case, these are among the most common:
- Slip and fall: A fall can be caused by an uneven or wet surface, or by ice and snow that has accumulated on common walkways. Property owners have a duty to visitors to keep parking lots, shopping aisles, and walkways safe.
- Improper maintenance: A property owner must keep their premises properly maintained in order to provide a safe environment. This might mean repaving parking spaces or making regular checks of furnaces and other equipment. When things are not properly maintained and an accident happens, the property owner can be held liable.
- Security: Having a security guard on the premises provides an extra layer of safety for visitors, as does making sure common areas are well lit. A fall or assault can take place when there is a lack of security or lighting, leaving a property owner responsible for any injuries suffered.
- Animal attacks: Pet owners are responsible for attacks by their animals, such as dog bites, and are required to take measures to prevent dangerous animals from having the opportunity to attack. Adequate fencing and other enclosures are required, and when these fail, owners are held responsible.
- Chemicals: Chemicals are required to be properly stored and kept in approved containers. A business owner who fails to keep visitors safe from fumes and other hazards presented by chemicals faces liability for any harm.
The injuries from these types of instances range from broken bones and fractures to inhalation of toxic substances. The severity of your injury depends on the specific facts of your case, and that is what we are here to determine before we fight for full compensation.
How a Lawyer Can Help
If you have been hurt while on the property of another, a lawyer will examine the facts, establish liability, and make sure your case is filed on time. We help hurt people seek maximum reimbursement for injuries and work with you to develop an effective strategy, tailored to your needs.
Contact William R. Kendall
Let us help you today. William R. Kendall has been helping people involved in all types of accidents for 25 years and offers a free initial consultation. Contact us online or call the Law Office of William R. Kendall at (775) 324-6464.