When a premises is made available for use by the public—be it a museum, a hotel, a restaurant, a store or a banquet hall—the people who are invited to use that premises should be able to do so and feel assured that their safety will be a priority for the premises owner. However, the sad truth is that some premises owners are willfully negligent, cutting corners on customer safety in order to save a few dollars. These negligent practices can lead to people becoming hurt or even being killed. If you were injured on a premises and want to learn more about your rights as an injury victim, contact Russell & Hill, PLLC to discuss your options under the law.
Premises owners owe a duty of care under the law to those whom they allow to enter their premises. This means that people who enter a premises should be able to enjoy a hazard-free environment or, where hazards are present, to be given fair warning about those hazards. This is why we see “wet floor” signs on freshly-mopped walkways. When hazards are present but premises visitors are not warned of them, the owner of that premises can be held liable for any damages to persons or property resulting from their negligence. This means that if you trip on a piece of loose carpeting and get hurt, the premises owner can be considered negligent for not repairing the carpeting and thus preventing the hazard that led to injury.
The negligence of a property owner or manager can lead to major injuries. For example, if a stairway is in poor repair and the owner knows that the stairs are rotted out but does not take any action to repair or replace the hazardous boards, the owner can be considered liable for any injuries sustained by a person who climbs the stairs and falls through them. Such situations often lead to serious, and even catastrophic, injuries that can leave a person permanently disabled.
If you experienced an injury and you believe the premises owner or manager’s negligence contributed to your being hurt, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the negligent party in an effort to recover monetary damages as compensation for your pain and suffering.
At Russel & Hill, PLLC, we specialize in handling premises liability cases. If you were hurt while on a premises and you believe the premises owner was liable for your injuries, you can contact us for a free consultation and we will review the details of your case. We have helped many of our clients recover damages in the form of financial compensation, and we can help you too. We offer legal services on a fee-contingent basis, so you will not pay a dime in attorney’s fees until your case has been resolved through either a courtroom win or an out-of-court settlement. Call today for your no-cost case evaluation.