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