You visit property owned or managed by others every day, whether you shop, visit family, or eat in a restaurant. Visitors generally assume the premises are maintained. When an accident does happen because the land is unsafe, it is important to determine who to hold accountable.
If you were injured while on someone else’s property, protecting your interests may best be achieved with the help of a dedicated injury attorney who is familiar with state and federal law. A Hamilton County premises liability lawyer could investigate your case, gather evidence on your behalf, and fight for the compensation you may be entitled to.
Some accidents are more common than others. These accidents are based on the negligence of the owner or manager who failed to keep their visitors safe. Common premises liability cases are based on the following:
No matter the cause of the accident on someone else’s property, a seasoned lawyer in Hamilton County could help file a premises liability claim with the necessary documentation while the injured party focuses on healing.
Property owners and managers owe invitees the highest duty of care because they are usually on the property as customers. Invitees should be protected against hazards the owner or manager knows about or should know about. If an invitee is harmed while on the property, the property owner could be held liable.
People show up on other people’s property as trespassers, invitees, and licensees. Property owners and managers owe different duties depending on how visitors are categorized. Although owners and managers do not generally owe a duty to adult trespassers, except to refrain from purposely harming, the owners do owe a duty to child trespassers under the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine.
Children are naturally attracted to some hazards, not understanding the danger they might pose. Some common attractive nuisances include abandoned cars, construction sites, and backyard pools. Property owners should secure these areas under lock and key and post warning signs where applicable.
Parents of injured children must prove the nuisance was manmade, the property owner was aware or should have been aware of the risk, and the child trespassed because they were drawn to the nuisance. Parents and their Hamilton County attorney must also show in their property liability claim that because of the child’s age, the minor could not understand the dangers of the hazard.
Although you expect places you visit to be safely maintained, sometimes they are not, leaving you with severe injuries and mounting medical bills. Fortunately, there is recourse if the property you were injured on was not maintained or if the owner knew there was a hazard and did not warn you.
A well-versed Hamilton County premises liability lawyer could help assess your situation and determine if you are eligible for compensation. Call the office today for your initial consultation with a compassionate member of the team.