Property owners and managers don’t always keep their homes or businesses safe for visitors. When property owners fail to fix safety hazards or warn others of potential injury risks, they can be held accountable for their negligence.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you may be facing medical expenses and time away from work. The Appleton legal team at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers wants to help you get compensation for your injuries. Don’t go it alone—Bank on Brian! Contact us 24/7 at (920) 486-9630 or fill out our free consultation form now.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability refers to a property owner’s responsibility to make sure that their property is a safe environment for anyone who visits it. Property owners have control over how safe their property is, and they’re responsible for visitors’ safety while they’re on their property. Premises liability applies to both private residences and commercial properties.
Slip and fall cases are a common type of premises liability claim.
Who Can Sue a Property Owner for Premises Liability?
Visitors to a property fall into one of three categories. These are:
- Invitee: This typically applies to someone entering a commercial property, like a store, hotel, or restaurant. This is the most protected class of visitor, since they are there to benefit the property owner.
- Licensee: This typically applies to a social guest at a homeowner’s property for an event like a party or family function.
- Trespasser: This applies to someone who does not have permission to be on the property. While the least protected status, there are exceptions. For example, if the trespasser is a child, the property owner’s liability increases.
The property owner or their insurance provider may try to lessen their liability after your injury by arguing your visitor status. For example, if you were injured outside a store but didn’t intend to enter, they may argue you are a licensee and not an invitee, so the property owner had a lesser responsibility toward you. For this reason, we recommend always hiring a lawyer to protect your right to compensation if you are injured on someone else’s property.
In the state of Wisconsin, you have a limited time to file a claim after an injury on someone else’s property, so it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer right away to maximize your chance to get compensation for your injuries.
How We Can Help You Get Compensation for Your Premises Liability Claim
When we take on your premises liability claim, we’ll do everything in our power to prove the following facts:
- The property you were on was in an unsafe condition.
- You were injured because of those unsafe conditions.
- You had no reasonable way of knowing about the unsafe conditions ahead of time.
- The property owner knew or reasonably should have known of the unsafe conditions and taken steps to correct them.
What Unsafe Conditions Can Lead to Injuries?
Common property hazards that can cause injuries include:
- Inadequate lighting
- Falling objects
- Debris that poses a tripping hazard
- Loose stairs or railings
- Loose flooring or unsecured rugs
- Wet or slippery floors or pavement
- Poor security
When property owners fail to take adequate measures to either remove safety hazards or warn visitors about safety hazards, such as putting up wet floor signs, they should be held responsible for injuries that result. If you suffered injuries on private or public property, contact our Green Bay premises liability legal team at (920) 486-9630—we’re here to help.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Premises Liability Lawyer?
When you get our law firm on your side, you pay us nothing upfront. We know that the last thing you need to worry about when dealing with medical bills after an injury that wasn’t your fault is trying to figure out whether you can afford a lawyer. That’s why our lawyers don’t charge a fee unless we get you money.
Lawyers Serving Injury Victims in Wisconsin
You shouldn’t have to pay for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. If you or someone you love were injured on public or private property due to unsafe conditions, contact a Appleton premises liability attorney at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers now. We’re available 24/7, so just dial (920) 486-9630 to request your no-obligation consultation.