Some common premises liability claims include slip and falls and dog bites. These claims allow injured parties to pursue compensation to cover injury-related costs, such as medical expenses.
All states have laws that govern a business owner’s or property owner’s duty of care toward visitors to their premises. When this duty of care is breached, whether intentionally or unintentionally, the property owner may be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result. The type of premises liability claim or lawsuit you will file could depend on the type of accident, where the accident occurred, and the injuries you sustained.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
If you were injured in the incident, premises liability claims fall under the category of personal injury claims. Here are some common types of premises liability claims:
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Amusement Park Injuries
While enjoying free time at a theme park, no one wants to think about the worst-case scenario taking place. Sadly, amusement park injuries can and do happen. Failing to check a ride’s safety measures, improper maintenance, or failing to secure a rider within a harness or other safety restraint could lead to accidents and resulting injuries.
Claims filed against the amusement park, a third-party building, or maintenance company allow those injured to seek compensation for serious injuries or wrongful death of a loved one.
Dog Bite Claims
Dog bites are common in the United States and can lead to severe injuries and, in some cases, death. Dog bites that occur on someone else’s property and lead to injury can result in liability of the dog owner, the property owner, or both parties. For example, if you were visiting someone and their dog attacked you without being provoked, that person could be held liable for your injuries.
However, if you were trespassing, or entered the property or a business uninvited or without consent of the property owner, this could affect the dog owner or property owner’s liability. Dog bite claims help bite victims seek compensation for injury-related costs or the loss of a loved one to an attack.
Inadequate Security Claims
Inadequate security claims may vary widely. A business owner’s expected duty of care may be affected by whether their patron could be expected to provide for their own protection.
For example, landlords are not necessarily expected to provide security measures for residents within their individual rental apartments. However, common areas, such as lobbies and parking lots, may be the landlord’s or company’s responsibility. Inadequate security claims allow people who have been harmed due to improper security measures to pursue liable parties.
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Slip and Fall Accident Claims
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of accidents in the United States, especially in the workplace. In fact, more than 3 million people seek emergency care for fall injuries every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Many of these injuries include broken bones or head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries. Each of these injuries can lead to vast medical expenses. When you fall due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a slip and fall accident claim to recover damages.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool accidents may seem uncommon in comparison to other serious accidents. Yet, 163 children in the United States fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas in 2017, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The vast majority of these devastating fatalities occurred in children under age 5. Often, children can enter swimming pool areas due to a lack of security—failed latches, no fencing or other barrier, or other lax security.
If a child drowns in a swimming pool due to the failure of securing the pool, the owner of the pool may be held liable. Swimming pool accident claims allow surviving loved ones to seek recourse through compensation for their child’s death.
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Certain injuries can cause long-term damage, which, over time, can be quite costly. Some injuries may require months or years of physical therapy or even more grueling recovery measures.
If your injury leaves you unable to work, a premises liability claim could allow you to seek compensation for your projected lost wages, both short-term and long-term.
A Lafayette premises liability lawyer can help you understand whether you are eligible to file a claim. Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers now at (337) 777-7777 to learn more in a free consultation.