Premises Liability Attorneys in Washington, DC
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Every year in Washington, D.C, and Maryland, premises liability claims are filed by individuals who have sustained damages caused by injuries that have occurred on unsafe premises. It is the legal responsibility of property owners to provide a reasonably safe property or business free from hazardous conditions or design defects that can cause injuries to people that may come to visit.
Premises liability cases could, under normal circumstances, be avoided if a property owner properly maintains the buildings or grounds they own. Property owners must operate within a certain standard level of care.
When a property owner negligently fails to maintain the level of care required and you are injured as a result, you may be able to file a premises liability case and obtain monetary compensation for any damages or pain and suffering you endured. The injuries sustained in these cases can range from minor injuries to more severe injuries, sometimes ending in the death of the injured party.
At Fay Law Group, we have represented individuals in Washington, D.C. and Maryland who have suffered financial losses related to the injuries that they have received on unsafe properties or businesses. We believe that a property owner has a legal responsibility to ensure that people visiting a property are kept reasonably safe from any hazards.
If a property owner fails to abide by these rules, then it is possible that you have a right to a premises liability claim. We are here to assist you through this difficult time.
Types of Premises Liability Claims
Parking Lots: Parking lots, in their entirety, can be a dangerous place. The walking pedestrians, low lighting, and safety concerns make accidents common, which can be serious in nature. Liability can be assigned to many different parties depending on the accident that took place. Proving liability can be complex, but the experienced premises liability lawyers at Fay Law Group can handle the case.
Slip-and-Falls: Many individuals slip and fall on properties every year, putting these types of premises liability claims at the top of lists when it comes to the most common claims. Every year, the CDC estimates that approximately 29 million slip-and-fall accidents take place, many of which could lead to injuries or, even worse, death. If you have slipped and fallen due to a property owner’s inability to remove a harmful condition from their property, you could successfully file a claim.
Pools: Many summer days are spent in and around pools. However, pools are also known to lead to injuries for many individuals year after year. Incidents surrounding young children and adults drowning are of particular concern. If you are injured in another person’s pool due to lack of maintenance or negligence, the other party could be liable for your damages.
Fires: Fires can quickly cause serious and tragic injuries to individuals. Sadly, many fires are also easily preventable. The owner of the building or premises has the liability to maintain reasonably safe living conditions. It is difficult to determine the cause of a fire which is why this operation should be left to firefighters to investigate who the liable party may be.
Negligent Security: If you have been injured as a result of an attack or assault in an area noted to have security systems, another party could be liable for the damages you’ve sustained as a result of the accident. These claims often become prevalent in cases involving hotels who did not provide security as promised in areas that are known to suffer from criminal activity. Having an attorney who can assist you in investigating your claim from start to finish can be extremely beneficial to your rights and your claim.
Snow and Ice: Snow and ice can become a major issue in the winter months causing serious injuries when they are not properly cleared from an area. The owner of a property maintains the responsibility to ensure that you are kept safe from snow and ice, which can easily lead to unexpected slip-and-fall accidents and serious injuries.
What Are Common Injuries Prevalent in Premises Liability Claims?
Broken Bones: A broken bone occurs when pressure is exerted on a bone and your body is not able to withstand the pressure. Some of the most common broken bones in premises liability cases include hip breaks, ankle fractures, and wrist injuries. These accidents can be especially dangerous to those who are particularly more fragile than others, senior citizens in particular.
Knee Damage: MCL and ACL tears can take a great amount of time to heal, which is why these injuries can be significant. In the blink of an eye, a slip-and-fall or other premises liability accident could lead to one of these injuries and keep you off your feet for quite some time. This means that you may suffer damages as you will not be able to return to work in a short amount of time, causing a loss of income.
Spinal Injuries: Your spine and the nerves encompassed therein are extremely fragile and can be injured easily in serious accidents. These damages can be debilitating, often permanent, and lead to paralysis which will greatly reduce your quality of life and cause physical and mental damage.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: Any time a person’s head hits a hard object, the impact could lead to a traumatic brain injury. You might not initially sense that you have received a traumatic brain injury if the symptoms are delayed. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to a coma or sudden death.
Cuts and Bruises: Most accidents in premises liability cases will result in some type of cuts and bruises. These injuries may not seem critical, but they can cause infection, scarring, and disfigurement, which can make you eligible for certain damages.
Why You Should Seek Medical Attention After a Premises Liability Accident
It is imperative that you receive medical attention after a premises liability accident, even if you do not immediately feel any injuries. Any injuries sustained should be well-documented by a medical professional in order to substantiate your claim.
By seeking medical attention after your premises liability accident, you have the ability to prove that you have actually sustained damages and that you took steps to protect your health after an accident. Our experienced premises liability lawyers at Fay Law Group are here to offer our support in your time of need.
We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients who have sustained injuries in personal injury claims. We believe that property owners owe a reasonable duty of care to protect others from harm on their properties.
If you have been injured in a premises liability accident, contact one of our premises liability lawyers to find out if you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim for your injuries and losses.
What an Injured Party Has to Prove
If you have been injured in a premises liability claim, you will have to prove certain conditions, such as the following:
- The victim was owed a duty of care by the property owner
- The duty of care was not upheld by the property owner
- The victim was injured due to unsafe conditions on the property
- The owner’s negligence caused the victims injuries
It needs to be demonstrated that the injuries you sustained, were preventable. You will need to prove that the conditions that caused your injuries were known by the owner or employee of the owner, and they failed to correct the conditions which led to your injuries. You must also prove that you were legally permitted on the premises.
What Are the Categories of People Who Might Be on Someone Else’s Property?
There are three different types of statuses that apply to those who enter onto properties:
- Invitees: An invitee is somebody who has been personally invited onto the property, or the property is a business that is open to the public at large.
- Licensees: This is any type of individual who has implied permission to enter onto the property. For instance, if somebody is throwing a party and has sent out an invite for you to be there at a certain time, then you are a licensee. If, at any point in time, you were asked to leave the premises and you were injured after you refused to do so, then it could be considered your liability.
- Trespassers: A trespasser is an individual who does not have permission to enter onto a property. A property owner does not owe this type of party any duty from harm.
Types of Damages in a Premises Liability Claim
The different situations prevalent in your premises liability case will dictate what you may receive in compensation for your losses. However, there are some damages that you are more likely to receive compensation based on your case.
Listed are some of the most common damages recovered:
Medical Expenses: You are entitled to various types of reimbursement for the medical bills that you receive as a result of a premises liability accident. If you have slipped and fallen, for example, and sustained a broken hip, you might be eligible for compensation for the past, present, and future medical expenses to treat your injuries. Also included in this category is durable medical equipment needed to be mobile and travel expenses if you have to travel for your care.
Lost Wages: Lost wages may include past and future wages that you will not be able to earn while you are recovering from your injuries. The attorneys at Fay Law Group will help you calculate missed earnings from your paychecks, as well as commissions, bonuses, benefits, and promotions that you may have been denied.
Pain and Suffering: It is possible to receive compensation for physical pain and emotional suffering, especially if your injuries are quite serious. An experienced premises liability lawyer will understand how to help you calculate these damages so that you can work toward results.
Loss of Consortium: If you are married or have other family members close to you, they could be eligible to obtain damages for loss of consortium if they are now missing out on the relationship and services that you offered to them before your accident took place.
Wrongful Death: When somebody you love dies in an accident, you might wonder how you will ever be able to assess these immeasurable losses, as it is not always easy to move forward without that party in your life. Wrongful death claims account for damages, such as funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, loss of companionship, as well as other factors.
Punitive Damages: Punitive damages exist as a way to punish a defendant for their reckless acts, not just for reimbursement purposes. They are reserved for especially egregious behavior on behalf of the defendant, as a deterrent to further negligent behavior. Punitive damages are rarely awarded in premises liability claims.
Moving Forward After a Premises Liability Accident
It is important to remember that a property owner is not necessarily negligent or liable in all injuries on their property. There are certain conditions that need to be met in order to prove negligence and liability on the owner.
If you are injured in an accident, you should report the accident to the property owner or one of their employees, to bring attention to the hazardous condition and possibly avoid other individuals from being harmed in the same situation. At Fay Law Group, we are here to hold a liable party accountable for their actions and help our clients gain proven case results in their claims.
We have over 50 years of experience assisting clients throughout the Washington, D.C. area successfully triumph in their cases. There are no upfront fees or costs if we are able to represent you or your loved one.
We work on a contingency basis, so we do not receive fees or costs unless we help you obtain monetary compensation from a settlement or litigation. Our firm has represented clients in their premises liability cases throughout Washington, D.C. and Maryland, and would like to assist you in your case.
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