Who’s to Blame in Your Personal Injury Accident?
If you fell and were consequently injured on someone else’s property, you may think it’s easy to figure out who is to blame, but you might be surprised. You might have a personal injury lawsuit if you were injured while shopping in a store and something fell off of the shelf, causing you to trip and fall, and resulting in an injury. Other situations such as construction sites can be very dangerous, hence; contractors wear hard hats while on the job. But, what if you were injured by something like falling debris while just walking by a construction site? You may be able to hold the business owner or property owner liable for your injuries, but they may argue it’s the construction company who is at fault.
These types of situations usually end up in a premises liability lawsuit. These personal injury lawsuits fall under the guidelines of a personal injury law. These types of cases can involve “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” personal injury accidents. There are a variety of other situations which can result in an accidental injury. A premises liability claim might involve the property owner’s or occupant’s failure to properly maintain their property in a safe condition. In addition, such a claim may involve the failure to fix a known dangerous condition on the property. This means that they either knew or should have known about the dangerous situation and the potential for causing harm.
Other types of premises liability lawsuits may include things as simple as a poorly lit stairway, to a very serious a dog bite attack, or something as complicated as asbestos exposure, mesothelioma,or lead paint exposure. Things such as inadequate security measures which resulted in an assault, sidewalk or road defects, falling debris or merchandise, carbon monoxide leaks, slippery or obstructed floors, or electric shock due to exposed electrical wiring can all be causes of a personal injury accident which results in an injury.
Establishing who is liable in the particular situation can be very complex. sometimes there are even multiple parties who are equally or partially liable. A landowner has a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care for the safety of people on their premises. That duty includes an obligation to protect against the risks of a dangerous condition existing on the premises, provided the landowner knows of, or by the exercise of reasonable care would have discovered, the dangerous condition.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own in a store, a business, or a construction site where you assumed you were safe, you may need to contact a premises liability attorney. The Law of Jeffrey S. Dawson can assist you in determining whether you have a possible personal injury lawsuit or not. Call Jeff today to schedule an initial consultation: 949/861-2191. Jeffrey has the experience and qualifications to guide you through the process of your premises liability case.