Hold Property Owners Accountable
If you or someone you love has been injured on a commercial, municipal, or private property because of a hazard posed by that property, the legal field of premises liability may apply. The attorneys at our firm in Salt Lake City can provide the legal counsel required to make informed decisions and guide you through the process of filing a claim. After evaluating your case, we will recommend what we believe to be the best course of action to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. Take action today and schedule a consultation with one of the experienced, knowledgeable, and driven premises liability attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane. At our firm in Salt Lake City, we serve clients from throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada.
Premises Liability Cases
Injuries on private and public properties usually occur because of an easily preventable hazard. Unfortunately, injuries in such cases can be severe. Slip-and-fall accidents and accidents that result in objects striking the head can pose a real danger to a person's health and well being. Spinal injuries and broken bones, both of which can have life-changing consequences, are also common in premises liability cases. If you have been injured on a private, commercial, or public property, the attorneys at our firm in Salt Lake City can protect your rights and ensure that your interests are represented in court.
Though we all have a responsibility to be wary of our own actions, property owners owe a duty to invitees and licensees to provide safe grounds. It is this principal that forms the basis of premises liability claims. The principal of contributory negligence holds that the party most at fault is liable, even if the victim contributed in some way to his or her injury. For this reason, the plaintiff may have a legal right to compensation if an injury could have been avoided if not for a present hazard.
In premises liability cases, the defendant may be responsible to pay damages for financial and non-financial losses stemming from the plaintiff's injuries. Determining potential damages is impossible without first evaluating the specific circumstances surrounding your case, as each case is different. That being said, financial compensation is often awarded for medical expenses, loss of wages, and intangibles, including pain and suffering. If the victim has suffered a catastrophic injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, future medical expenses and lifetime care costs will be taken into consideration. If the injury leaves the victim permanently unable or less able to work, inhibited earning capacity or loss of future income will be evaluated. Our team of attorneys will work alongside economists to predict your financial needs so that we can secure just and fair financial compensation on your behalf.
Land owners, property owners, business owners, and municipalities have a responsibility to make areas safe for invited guests. Determining fault in a premises liability case is dependent on showing that the property owner was negligent and as a result, put guests - invitees and licensees - at risk of injury. If a property is inherently hazardous or there are hazards that the property owner is aware of but fails to warn others about, then it may be shown that the property owner was negligent and failed to provide a duty owed. If this is the case, he or she is liable for losses incurred by the victim.
Common Causes of Injury
A number of dangers can result in slip-and-fall accidents, blows to the head, back injuries, and other serious accidents. Some of the common causes of injury in premises liability cases include:
- Failure to remove dangerous hazard (ice, liquid, obstruction, open pit)
- Failure to warn of dangerous hazard
- Failure to inspect for dangerous hazard
- Uneven grounds
- Stepped grounds
- Cracked grounds
- Low-hanging obstructions
- Open pits and chasms (pot holes, excavations)
- Unguarded piercing objects (exposed nails, wrought iron, fence posts)
Any of the above hazards can result in severe injury. If you have been injured due to a hazard listed above, it may indicate your eligibility for financial compensation.
Contact Our Premises Liability Attorneys
Premises liability cases can be complicated as establishing liability is often a difficult task. If you are shown to be primarily at fault for your own injury, you forfeit your right to financial compensation. For this reason, you should not underestimate the value of an attorney in these cases. For your best chance at a successful resolution, we highly encourage you to seek the services of an experienced and knowledgeable premises liability attorney. At our law firm in Salt Lake City, serving clients throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada, we would be happy to help. Contact our team today.
They were extremely knowledgeable, extremely helpful experts. The team helped me with all aspects of my case, including medical and financial, and understood that it affected more than me but also my family.- Jill S.