What You Should Know About Premises Liability Cases
Have you ever been injured while shopping, eating at a restaurant, or walking through a parking lot? These cases fall into the category of “premises liability.” The critical question is what liability, if any, the owner or possessor of the property has in regard to your injuries.
Common Places Premises Liability Accidents Occur
Where do these premises liability cases most often occur? Here are some common examples:
- Stores: these include slip-and-falls at a grocery store, falling merchandise, or inattentive employees who collide with customers while operating a pallet jack or dolly.
- Restaurants: diners can be injured when a staff member drops trays or plates of food, spills a hot beverage, or fails to clean up liquid or pick-up items that were dropped on the floor.
- Parking Lots: customers can trip on hazards in parking lots such as broken curbs or potholes. They can also be injured due to poor lighting or a lack of proper signage.
Importance of Gathering Evidence
Evidence is the linchpin of any successful premises liability claim. Here’s why:
- Photographs: Visual evidence can depict the scene accurately, showcasing hazards, lighting conditions, or the absence of warning signs. A simple snapshot can speak volumes about negligence.
- Witness Testimonies: Witnesses can offer an impartial perspective, verifying your account and potentially pinpointing the owner’s negligence.
- Accident Reports: An accident report may be filed if your fall happened in a commercial space. This can be instrumental in documenting the facts.
- Urgency: Remember, evidence can degrade or disappear. Wet floors dry, snow melts, and witnesses’ memories fade. Act swiftly.
How Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers Can Help
At Vames, Wang & Sosa, our expertise isn’t just theoretical—it’s proven. We’ve dedicated our careers to helping clients of slip and fall accidents. Drawing from our unique insights, especially from a former insurance defense attorney’s perspective, we strategically navigate the complexities of premises liability to ensure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers focus on vehicle crashes, personal injury, and first-party car accident insurance claims. They have offices located in Gresham and Hillsboro.