When you’re visiting someone else’s property, whether it’s a restaurant, store, or even a friend’s house, you expect the area to be safe. However, when the property doesn’t keep up with maintenance or prioritize safety, you may get hurt and sustain an injury. This area of personal injury falls under premises liability law, and you’ll need an expert to get full and fair compensation for your injuries. Buckingham Barrera Law Firm has experienced Albuquerque premises liability lawyers who will work diligently so you can recover the damages the accident caused.
Our firm believes in helping those who have been wrongfully injured and standing up for what’s right. If you or a loved one has been harmed because of someone else’s careless actions, you shouldn’t have to handle the burden of dealing with your injuries and damages all on your own. We’ll stand by your side and fight for you, whether that means getting your award through settlement or jury verdict.
What Causes Can Result in a Premises Liability Case?
Premises liability covers a variety of ways you can be injured on another’s property. Our lawyers have seen all kinds of situations. Here are some common causes of premises liability:
- Spills or Puddles
- Uneven Walkways
- Faulty Wiring
- Fire Hazards
- Poor Security
- Unfenced-Inground Swimming Pool
- Toxic Exposure
- Dog Bites
Spills, walkways, and potholes are all situations that can cause a slip and fall accident. These types of falling accidents typically happen suddenly and can cause devastating injuries.
If a building has faulty wiring, it may be a fire hazard or put people in danger of electrocution. Wiring that is safe but in walkways also poses a tripping hazard. A premises could also contain flammable substances or chemicals. If they’re not kept safe, someone may sustain burn injuries.
Security is also a major concern with some properties. If a premises doesn’t take proper security measures, the people on the property may be at risk of injury or assault. While security measures cannot always stop these incidents from happening, it can help prevent them.
Swimming pools can be extremely dangerous, especially when there are small children on the property. Pools should have fences around them that lock and don’t have any holes or weak spots where children can get through. There’s also the danger of slipping on puddles or tripping if the area around the pool is uneven.
Toxic exposure may happen to those working in older buildings for long periods of time. One example would be asbestos. If workers are in an area and unknowingly breathing in asbestos constantly, they could develop life-threatening illnesses over time.
Dog bites and other domestic animal attacks also fall under premises liability. When owners don’t secure their dogs, the dog can bite people and cause serious injuries.
If you don’t recognize your situation above, don’t worry. These are a few examples and our lawyers understand how everyone’s case will have unique circumstances. Meeting with our premises liability attorneys in a free initial consultation will allow us to go over what happened to you and discuss the merits of your case.
One of the main components of your case will be determining who is liable for your injuries. Let’s look into who can be at fault in a premises liability case.
Typically in a premises liability case, the property owner can be held liable. This is because when you’re on their property, they owe you a duty of care. This means they need to take precautions to keep the premises safe, and warn you of non-obvious dangers or otherwise block them. When they fail to meet this duty of care and you get hurt, then you can file a claim against them.
However, there may be other parties involved you didn’t expect. For example, if you’re on a worksite, there may be third parties present. They’re also capable of acting negligently and causing injury. Manufacturers could provide faulty equipment that malfunctions. That could put untrained people on the worksite and others in danger. In these situations, the third-party may be held liable for your injuries.
While there are a lot of factors to consider when building your claim, you may be wondering what you can do to make it as strong as possible. Your actions after your injury can help your claim.
What Should You Do After You’re Injured
After you’ve been injured, report it to the person in charge of the premises if you can. Be as detailed as possible when writing your account. This documents when and where the accident happened and will be beneficial to your attorney.
Then, you need to tend to your health. See a doctor for a medical evaluation so they can thoroughly assess the injuries you incurred. It’s important to do this as soon as possible so you can start treatment and healing.
You may think you’re uninjured after the accident or have injuries that don’t require medical treatment. However, you could have injuries that don’t present symptoms until a few days later. This can allow your injuries to worsen and you may not be able to get full compensation.
After you’ve seen the doctor, it’s time to contact a trustworthy lawyer and start working on your case. Our team is ready to help.
Get a Reliable Premises Liability Attorney at Your Side
Recovering from a premises liability injury involves more than healing physically. As you’re going through that process, you’re also going to need to pay your medical bills and afford the care of your future expenses. These costs can be extensive, and you may worry about how you’re going to make these payments. That’s where we come in.
Our attorneys understand how a severe accident can put your life on hold. When we’re fighting for you, we’ll do everything we can to maximize your compensation so you’re able to recover financially. You’ll have peace of mind that you’ll be able to afford the medical expenses without affecting your other financial responsibilities.
Sustaining injuries because of another person’s negligence means you went through pain that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. We’ll fight to get you the justice you deserve. Contact us today for an obligation-free consultation.