Property owners and managers are required by law to maintain buildings and premises in a reasonably safe manner. This means that the owner must:
Comply with local building codes and other laws
Repair broken items that pose a safety hazard
Take action to remove hazards within a reasonable time
Warn guests of potential dangers
Install safety equipment where necessary
Provide adequate security
Train employees to act in a safe manner
When a business or property owner fails to do any of the above and someone is injured, they are required to compensate that person for their losses. Whether it’s a slip and fall in the fruit aisle of the grocery store, a head injury from falling debris or a broken ankle from stepping in a hole in a neighbor’s yard, injuries caused by unsafe conditions result in trips to the emergency room and lost wages.
The attorneys at Wittmer | Linehan have experience in all kinds of premises liability cases, such as slips and falls, injuries sustained due to falling debris, injuries sustained from unsafe property conditions, physical assaults due to insignificant security measures and more. Our office works with investigators to photograph the accident scene, interview witnesses and employees, collect any evidence that may be available and review safety inspection records. We retain engineering, code violation and premises experts to assist in determining liability in these types of cases. In addition, our office maintains a network of both medical experts and economic experts in order to determine the extent of your injuries, coordinate the proper treatments and to quantify the impact of the injuries on your life.
It is not uncommon for a business or property owner’s insurance company to argue that their client did nothing wrong or did not cause the injury to occur. Often, the injury victim is blamed for ignoring warning signs, causing objects to fall themselves or even failing to take proper precautions to avoid an accident. Our premises liability lawyers are familiar with the tactics and strategies that insurance companies use to obscure the issues and avoid blame. Our office exposes facts, argues facts and gets results for our clients based on the facts.
It doesn’t matter what an insurance company or store manager told you, if something on the floor causes you to slip, trip or fall or improper repairs cause you to become injured, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries. Before you agree to sign any paperwork or agree to accept an offer from an insurance company, consult Wittmer | Linehan to get the information you need in order to avoid being taken advantage of. We will make sure that your claim to financial damages accurately reflects the severity and impact of your injuries.