If you’ve been injured because someone else’s property is dangerous, you may be able to collect money damages from the owner’s insurance. This is called premises liability. Common examples of dangerous conditions are defective or slippery stairs or walkways, excavation areas, falling ice or other objects, and defects in chairs or other seating arrangements. Inadequate security and poor lighting are also common areas of negligence which may make the premises owner liable to you for injury. In short, anywhere in the world where a dangerous condition causes injury may make the owner responsible.
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:
- You were allowed on the property
- We can show that the owner knew of the dangerous condition and didn’t fix it
- You call us in time. Usually that means within six years, and can be as little as six months, but the sooner you call the better we can investigate the incident. After an injury, property owners usually scurry around and fix it to cover up the defect.
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 a 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 and falling because of dangerous stairs or walkways
- Poor lighting leading to injury
- Dangerous objects on the floor of stores or markets
- Assaults in parking garages or other common areas
- Escape of dangerous chemicals or vapors
- 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 an injury while on someone else’s premises. Trespassers, too, must be forewarned of any existing risks to their health before entering another’s property.
Finding the Right Premises Liability 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
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.
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