Premises Liability Cases: More Than Just Slip and Fall Accidents
Ragain & Clark March 17, 2021
When a property owner invites or allows someone else onto their property they have a legal obligation to ensure that the property is safe. This means that they must routinely inspect the property for potential hazards and take action to address hazards or at least warn their guest. If they knew about the hazard or should have known but failed to do so, then the property owner may be deemed negligent. If someone is injured on their property as a result of their negligence, they may be held liable for the injured person’s injuries and other losses. If you have been injured on another person’s property, a Billings premises liability attorney can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.
Accidents That Give Rise to a Premises Liability Claim
While slip and fall cases are perhaps the most common type of premises liability claim, there are many other types of accidents where the property owner may be held liable. Here are some of the types of accidents that may entitle you to compensation from the property owner:
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Dog bites or other animal attacks
- Fires and explosions
- Swimming pool accidents and drownings
- Playground accidents
- Accidents arising from inadequate security such as assaults
In addition to injuries caused by a single incident, you may also be entitled to compensation for injuries suffered from prolonged exposure to things such as harmful chemicals, toxic fumes, or toxic mold. If you have suffered an injury on another person’s property as a result of their negligence, a Billings premises liability attorney can help you get the compensation you need.
The Challenges of a Premises Liability Case
Proving your claim in a premises liability claim can be difficult for several reasons. If you were injured on commercial property, for example, it can be difficult to determine who owns the property or who is responsible for maintaining it. In those situations, you may have to pursue a claim against multiple parties, each of which will likely be a corporate entity represented by counsel for the precise purpose of defending them against claims.
In any property liability case, you need to prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care to keep you safe. Commercial property owners have a higher duty of care than private property owners owe to their social guests. Determining whether the property owner breached their duty of care can be difficult.
It can also be difficult to prove that your injury was caused on the property or as a result of the property owner’s negligence. This can be especially challenging for people with prior pre-existing injuries.
Your case may seem straight-forward, but the reality is that it can be quite difficult to get the compensation you are entitled to. A Billings premises liability attorney can help you prove your case.
Injured on Someone Else’s Property? Talk to a Billings Premises Liability Attorney Today
The attorneys at Ragain & Clark have decades of experience in helping injured people in Montana and Wyoming get the compensation they need to put their lives back together. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, contact us today at 406-651-8888 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Billings premises liability attorney who can help.