When you visit someone’s home or a public business, such as a movie theater or grocery store, you expect to be free from harm. If the stairs are wet or something’s broken, you assume the property owner will give you a heads up, but what happens when they don’t? Well, if they fail to warn you of hazardous conditions and you are injured as a result, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit against them. Below, I will discuss both residential and commercial premises liability cases in more detail.
Is an Injury Really Worth Suing My Friend or Family Member?
This is a question I encounter often. I understand that you may not want to cause tension within your relationships, but allow me to present you with a quick analogy — how would you handle the situation if it were a car accident? You wouldn’t eat your losses or expect to resolve the matter without contacting your insurance companies, would you? Probably not, and it would have nothing to do with retaliation. It would just be the obvious way to finance your medical expenses and property repairs.
Residential premises liability cases — such as dog bites, swimming pool accidents, and slip and falls on freshly mopped floors — are no different. Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies are designed to cover such incidences, but they likely won’t offer you fair compensation without the assistance of an attorney.
Do I Even Stand a Chance Against a Business?
Some mistakenly assume they could never win a lawsuit against a large corporation, but that’s not entirely true. When customers are hurt on a business’s property, the company is apt to make a settlement offer in order to prevent bad publicity and a potentially high-priced payout in trial. This is especially true of large corporations, as they have the resources to easily do so. And since local businesses do not have as much disposable revenue, they are less equipped to afford a lawsuit. It’s better for them to simply offer a settlement.
Still, that’s not to say that commercial premises liability cases never go to trial because some certainly do. They can be tried, and the victim can win. I’ve seen it happen many times.