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What You Didn’t Know About Premises Liability

Posted by attorney James Cunningham

Premises liability law covers many different accidents and injuries. From dog bites to slip and fall injuries to accidents at restaurants, if you were the victim of this type of accident, you could have a case under this law. Read more to learn about your rights.

Were you injured while on another individual’s property? Premises liability law states that property owners owe people on their property a certain duty of care. The level of care, as well as who specifically is owed this care, differs from state to state, but certain aspects remain the same. If a property owner was negligent or careless in any way and a person on their property was injured as a result, they could be held liable for the entire incident. If you believe that you may have a premises liability case, your first step should be to contact a skilled and experienced legal representative. Having a strong legal advocate on your side could ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Under law, a victim may have a case if they were owed a duty of care. If this duty of care was breached in any way and this breach resulted in their harm, they could have the right to file a lawsuit. The first thing, however, that must be legally proven is the fact that were indeed owed a duty of care. In order to qualify, they must be an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. An invitee is a person who was invited onto the premises in order to conduct some kind of business. This could be an office building or it could be a department store or a restaurant. The second person is a licensee. This person is a social guest or someone who is present for non-commercial reasons. The last group may come as a surprise. Trespassers are usually owed a lower duty of care but are still owed a duty of care. An example could be a child who unknowingly wanders onto someone’s land and falls into an unfenced well or gets shocked by a fence that did not carry warning signs.

Slip and fall accidents are one of the most commonly heard of premises liability cases. Even though when you first hear of them they may not sound that serious, they can lead to devastating consequences. Whether it was a spill that was not cleaned up, an icy surface, or a poorly-maintained stairwell, a fall can cause serious injury and even death. Head injuries, brain damage, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and more could lead to a lifetime of complications and disabilities. The workplace can also fall under this category. Construction sites are especially dangerous as there are the constant hazards of heavy machinery and falls from heights. Whatever your unique situation, you could be entitled to compensation if you were injured on someone else’s property. In order to determine whether or not you have a case, you should contact a legal representative as soon as possible.

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If you were the victim of an accident, you should contact a Lexington personal injury attorney from the Carolina Litigation Group as soon as possible. With years of experience in this area of law, they will be able to protect you and fight for your best interests. Whether you were injured in a car accident, motorcycle wreck, by a dangerous drug, or in a truck accident, they could be able to get you the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact a Lexington personal injury lawyer from their team today or visit their website at

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