If you find yourself injured on the property of another person or a business, you may be entitled to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. Premises liability law is based on the premise that anyone who has control over a property (such as an owner, lessee, or manager) is responsible for any harm that occurs on that property. This includes both physical injuries and damage to property.
What Is A Premises Liability Lawsuit?
A premises liability lawsuit is a legal action that you can file if you are injured on the property of another person or business. The law defines a “premises” as any place where someone has an ownership interest, such as an apartment complex, office building, or shopping mall. A premises liability lawsuit can be filed against the owner of the property, the lessee of the property, or the person in charge of the property at the time of the incident.
What Does Premise Liability Cover?
Premise liability law covers three types of injuries: physical injury, damage to property, and wrongful death. Physical injury occurs when you are injured while in possession of or on property belonging to another person. Damage to property occurs when someone damages your personal property while it is on property belonging to another person. Wrongful death occurs when someone dies as a result of injuries suffered while in possession or on property belonging to another person.
How Do I File My Claim?
If you are injured on the property of another person, you should call the police and file a report. You should also contact the insurance company that covers the property in which you were injured. The insurance company may be able to help you file a claim with the owner of the property.
Call the business and ask for their insurance policy. The policy may cover injuries that occur on the business’ property. If your injury is not covered by the business’ insurance policy, you can file a claim with the owner of the property or with an insurance company that covers physical injuries.
To pursue your lawsuit, get in contact with a personal injury attorney who specializes in premises liability lawsuits. The attorney can help you file a lawsuit and provide legal advice during the litigation process.
Filing A Premises Liability Lawsuit
There are several steps that you must take in order to file a premises liability lawsuit.
Step One: Contact The Business Owner or Manager
When investigating any potential premises liability issue, the first step is always to contact the business owner or manager. This allows for a better understanding of the situation and allows for any necessary corrections or modifications to be made. If the owner or manager is unavailable or unwilling to cooperate, it may be necessary to take additional steps, such as contacting government agencies or filing a lawsuit.
Step Two: Get Copies Of Documents And Evidence
When investigating a premises liability claim, it is important to get copies of all documents and evidence that could be relevant to the case. This includes any contracts or leases that may have been signed by the owner or operator of the property, any correspondence between the parties, as well as photographs, video footage, and any other documentation that may be related to the case.
Step Three: Make A Statement Of Claim
When you are preparing your statement of claim, you will need to state the specific reasons why you believe that the defendant is liable for your injuries. You should also provide information about the harm that was caused to you and describe in detail how this harmed your life. The statement of claim is a formal document that outlines your case against the defendant.
Step Four: Serve The Business With A Notice Of Claim
Once you’ve devised a statement, it’s time to serve the business with a notice of claim. This document notifies the business that you have filed a lawsuit against it, and provides specific information about your case. The notice must be served within 30 days after filing your lawsuit, or it will be dismissed.
Step Five: Attempting To Negotiate A Settlement
If you have been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, your first step is to seek legal counsel. But even after you have a lawyer, it may not be possible to reach a settlement. In fact, many times negotiations fail because one side refuses to budge on key issues. If this is the case for you, here are five tips for attempting to negotiate a settlement:
- Know Your Rights. Before negotiating anything with the other side, make sure you understand your rights and what the law says about them. This information can be found in your state’s statutes or case law.
- Be Prepared To Exchange Information. Before negotiating anything with the other side, be prepared to exchange information such as your injury history, insurance policies, and financial situation. This will help both sides understand each other better and may lead to a settlement sooner rather than later.
- Be Persistent But Not Aggressive. Don’t give up easily; persistence is key when negotiating any deal but especially when dealing with someone who has wronged you in some way. However, don’t overdo it; being too pushy may cause the other side to back away.
- Don’t Make Demands That Are Unreasonable. When negotiating, don’t make demands that are unreasonable or out of line with what the other side is willing to do. For example, don’t ask for money that you don’t actually think will be received or agree to something that is completely impossible to comply with.
- Remain Calm And Patient Throughout The Process. When negotiating anything, it’s important to remain calm and patient. This will help you avoid any tirades or heated exchanges, which can often lead to a settlement being reached nowhere near as quickly as desired.
Step Six: Attend Court If A Settlement Cannot Be Reached
If you are unable to reach a settlement with the other party, you may have to go to court. Court is a means of resolving disputes without having to go through an attorney. The process of going to court is different for each situation, but generally, the plaintiff (the person filing the lawsuit) must provide enough evidence that the defendant (the person they are suing) is legally responsible for their injuries. The defendant then has the opportunity to respond and present their side of the story. If there is still disagreement between the parties, a judge may decide who is responsible and order damages or a specific action be taken.
Understanding premises liability law is important in order to navigate through these legal proceedings without any major bumps in the road. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to file a lawsuit, remember to stay calm, be patient, and make sure you have all of the evidence you need.