North Carolina Premises Liability Lawyer

A man worker falling on wet floor inside the building

Whether you’re at work, in someone’s home or business, or simply walking down the street, you have a reasonable expectation of safety and that the property is well-maintained. Sadly, this may not be the case. Negligent safety practices, poor maintenance of public or private property, and other factors can all lead to situations where you end up hurt when it wasn’t your fault. 

When this happens, a premises liability claim can help you recover the compensation you need to get proper medical care and live comfortably after your injuries. 

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property due to carelessness or neglect, you may be entitled to compensation. You can find out more by calling Teddy, Meekins & Talbert for a free review of your case.

What Is Premises Liability in North Carolina?

Landlords, employers, homeowners, property managers, and others all have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for visitors, guests, workers, and so on. If a property owner fails in that duty due to negligence or reckless actions, they could be held liable for injuries that occur on their property. This is the legal concept of premises liability.

There are several elements to prove in a North Carolina premises liability claim. They include:

  • The property owner owed you (or whoever was injured) a duty of care. Usually, this simply means proving you weren’t on the property unlawfully.
  • An unreasonably dangerous condition or hazard existed on the property. This could be anything from a wet floor to improperly maintained machinery.
  • The property owner knew or should have know about the hazard. Proving this often requires video or photographic evidence, expert testimony, interviewing witnesses, and so on.
  • The property owner failed to address the issue or warn visitors and guests about it.
  • You suffered injuries that are directly attributable to the property owner’s negligence or actions.
  • Those injuries led to damages (lost income, medical bills, etc.)

One important factor to note in any North Carolina premises liability claim is the statute of limitations. You have three years from the date of the accident to file a premises liability claim. If you fail to file within that timeframe, the claim most likely will be dismissed, leaving you unable to recover compensation.

Common Types of Premises Liability Cases

Premises liability cases can take all kinds of forms and arise from all sorts of circumstances. Some of the more common cases include:

  • Slip-and-falls – It’s very easy for someone to hurt themselves by slipping and falling on a slick surface. This can happen anywhere, from parking lots and sidewalks to your employer or a public swimming pool. It’s up to property owners to take prudent steps to warn people about wet surfaces and clean them up if at all possible.
  • Dog bites – Dog owners are required to protect visitors and warn them if the dog is a threat. Failing to do so can leave the dog’s owner liable for any injuries you may have sustained if the dog attacked you.
  • Chemical spills and industrial accidents – Spills can lead to slip-and-falls as well as cause internal damage from inhaling noxious fumes. Similarly, machinery that isn’t properly cared for can hurt people if it malfunctions. Construction sites are also dangerous for both workers and passersby, as they are prone to spills, industrial accidents, slip-and-falls, people being injured by falling objects, etc.
  • Fires, floods, and electrical hazards – All three of these incidents can occur if property owners aren’t taking proper care of the environment, and visitors can suffer as a result. Property owners can be held liable for not warning people about the potential dangers from fires, floods, etc.
  • Swimming pools – Pool owners are required to warn people about potential dangers like shallow water, broken ladders, etc. They’re also required to take reasonable steps to protect children from falling into the pool unsupervised. Pool owners can also be held liable if inadequate supervision led to someone’s injury or death.
  • Inadequate security – Property owners can be held liable in the event they didn’t do enough to protect the people who were on their property. This is especially an issue for hotels, bars, nightclubs, and apartment complexes.

Common Injuries in North Carolina Premises Liability Cases

Premises liability cases can result in severe injuries to the victim, making it all the more important to hire a dedicated attorney who can help win your case. Here are some of the most common injuries that can happen in premises liability cases:

  • Broken bones – Slip-and-falls are the most common cause of these kinds of injuries, which can be extremely painful and can take a long time to heal.
  • Bruises, burns, and lacerations – Cuts, burns and bruises can occur from slip-and-falls, dog bites, physical assaults, fires, electrical accidents, and more.
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries – A serious fall or similar injury can cause major damage to your neck or spinal cord. In addition to the pain, a neck or spinal injury can cause partial or full paralysis, which may be permanent.
  • Traumatic brain injuries – A serious brain injury can be fatal. Even in cases when a brain injury isn’t fatal, the consequences are often devastating, including brain bleeds, full or partial loss of cognitive function, personality changes, and more.
  • Illnesses from toxic exposure – In cases where victims are inadvertently exposed to dangerous chemicals, the effects can be severe and long-lasting. One of the best-known types of these illnesses is mesothelioma, which comes from exposure to asbestos. In these cases, the compensation from a premises liability claim may be vital to help you pay for the costs of your illness in the years ahead.

Types of Compensation Available for Premises Liability Victims

Like most kinds of personal injury cases, damages in premises liability claims are broken down into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are, generally speaking, specific amounts of money that you lost as a result of your injury. This covers things like hospital bills, doctor’s visits, prescription drugs, lost income due to missing work, rehabilitation costs, and so on. 

Other damages from your injuries – things like physical pain, mental anguish, permanent disability, etc. – are classified as non-economic damages. While economic damages are pretty easy to demonstrate, showing any non-economic damages you sustain can be more challenging. An experienced premises liability attorney can help you establish the full value of your claim, which will help when it comes time to negotiate your settlement.

There are some special kinds of damages that some plaintiffs are eligible for in certain cases. If a defendant acted in a particularly egregious, reckless, or negligent manner, punitive damages may be awarded to the plaintiff to punish the defendant and help deter future bad actors. The other special case is in instances of a wrongful death. In those cases, the deceased’s surviving family can seek damages for the loss of companionship result from the death.

Discuss Your Premises Liability Case with Our North Carolina Attorneys

As a premises liability firm with many years of experience handling these cases, we’re here to stand up for your rights after you’ve been injured on someone else’s property. Premises liability claims often lead to extensive injuries and hefty medical bills. At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, we seek every dollar our clients are entitled to.

We’re fully prepared to take your case to trial, should it come to that. But before we reach that point, we’ll research and investigate your case, file the necessary paperwork, negotiate with the defendant and their representatives, and generally make life as easy as possible for you.

That commitment to our clients extends to our fee structure. We work on a contingency basis. That means that you don’t have to pay us anything up front. Only after we’ve helped you recover your compensation do we get paid. This approach gives our clients access to the justice system and means you can’t be bullied by expensive insurance company lawyers.

If you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property due to their negligence, don’t wait to speak with an attorney. You only have three years to file your case, and doing the necessary work to prepare a premises liability case takes time. 

Get started today by calling Teddy, Meekins & Talbert for a free consultation. Our clients give positive testimonials about us, and we’re committed to seeing your case through to the end. When you’re ready, we look forward to your call.

About Teddy, Meekins & Talbert

The law office of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is located in Shelby, N.C. approximately 40 miles west of Charlotte, N.C. Our mission is to provide aggressive, innovative, and passionate representation for people who are often in the midst of stress and anxiety associated with legal problems.

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