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Maine Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises liability attorneys Maine has trusted for 40 years, serving Portland, Lewiston, Auburn and Bangor.

Caution sign to protect against Maine premises liabilityDangerous conditions that have caused your injuries on someone else’s property may constitute premises liability and may qualify you for compensation. Premises liability encompasses a range of injuries caused by various hazards on a landowner’s property.  These might include, by way of example, uneven pavement, open excavations, standing water, crumbling curbs, wet floors, icy walks, falling objects, inadequate security, or defects in chairs—in short, any condition for which a property owner has responsibility and neglects to monitor.

The Portland, Maine personal injury attorneys of Hardy, Wolf & Downing have been helping victims of negligent property owners recoup losses in the form of medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other non-economic losses.

Our team of seasoned Maine premises liability lawyers knows how to navigate the ins and outs of the law to fight fair on your behalf, so that you don’t have to be the voiceless victim of another person’s negligence.

Eligibility for filing a premises liability claim

You may be eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit  if you:

  • Had justifiable reason to be on the property in question
  • Are seeking our legal counsel not long after your injuries occurred (in order to abide by Maine’s statute of limitations, which in cases of serious slip and falls is six years)
  • Are able to demonstrate how the property owner’s negligence

The quicker you come to the law offices of Hardy, Wolf & Downing, the stronger your case will be.

Common injuries in premises liability claims

Our attorneys have seen all sorts of premises liability claims come through our doors, from construction site and playground or amusement park incidents, to hotel and motel injuries and parking garage assaults.

In such cases, the most common injuries include head and spinal injuries, broken bones and burns due to:

  • Slipping or falling because of damaged sidewalks or parking lots in disrepair
  • Elevator accidents
  • Physical assaults in parking garages or poorly-lit areas due to negligent security
  • Injuries from overcrowded aisles
  • Swimming pool accidents

Serious falls on another’s property can be incredibly common, especially among older people.

Determining property owner liability

In Maine, property owners are held accountable under the law for keeping their property reasonably safe.  They must abide by certain legally enforced expectations that depend to a large degree on whether a property owner is a business, landlord or ordinary homeowner:

  • If a property owner is a business that invites guests onto its premises, that property owner must inspect grounds regularly and keep customers aware of any potential dangers.
  • Landlord property owners, who are typically held less liable than a formal business, are not required to inspect their grounds regularly, but they still must correct potential safety hazards if they are aware of them.
  • Property owners even owe a level of care to trespassers, who are granted some protections under the law if they suffer injury while on another’s premises.  Trespassers, too, must be forewarned of any existing risks to their health before entering another’s property.

Finding the right personal injury attorney

If you’ve been injured because of hazardous conditions on someone else’s property, finding the right lawyer to help you will be essential.  A competent personal injury lawyer can provide you with solid advice and effective representation.

Qualified personal injury attorneys in Maine should have the following:

  • Experts in the field of property maintenance and building codes who can assess whether a fall was the result of an owner’s neglect of land or buildings
  • Experts from the medical field who can speak to the nature and extent of your injuries, as well as their future impact on your quality of life and ability to work
  • An established track record winning or settling premises liability claims and working with insurance companies

Compensation awarded in premises liability cases

In Maine, plaintiffs have received compensation for premises liability injuries totaling as high as $1.2 million, for injuries to a plaintiff’s foot sustained in a fork lift accident on a warehouse floor.

Here are just a few of many more examples of Maine premises liability settlements and verdicts:

  • $600,000 for the wrongful death of a child killed by an unsecured heavy gate that fell on him while he was playing on a public school grounds
  • $900,000 for serious spinal injuries resulting from an off-loading accident at an industrial vendor
  • $140,000 for a fractured hip caused by falling on ice on a mall parking lot

Portland Maine premises liability lawyers

If you’ve been hurt by the negligence of a property owner and are seeking monetary damages for injuries suffered, you don’t need to look further than the law offices of Hardy, Wolf & Downing.  Your justice is our priority.  Our success is your road to healing. Please call our offices today to schedule a free case evaluation and to learn more about filing a personal injury lawsuit in Maine.

  1. Graziadio Business Review, Slips, Trips, and Falls, A primer for businesses on the law of premises liability, http://gbr.pepperdine.edu/2010/08/slips-trips-and-falls/
  2. Diogenes, LLC, Laying Down the Law: A Review of Trends in Liability Lawsuits, http://diogenesllc.com/liabilitytrends.pdf