Salt Lake City Premises Liability Lawyer
Premises liability attorneys at Handy & Handy can help you if you have been harmed in a home, business or workplace where you had reasonable expectations of safety from dangerous hazards. If you slip and fall on ice or food, trip on an uneven surface, or are injured in some other accident on another person’s property, those individuals may be held liable for failing to maintain safe premises.
Our Premises Liability Attorneys Will Help You With Complex Cases
The experienced Utah premises liability attorneys at Handy & Handy are skilled in matters of premises liability. We have handled thousands of personal injury cases and obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Whenever there is a serious injury, or wrongful death, that takes place because of a property owner, renter or occupier who is negligent in his or her duty to maintain a safe premises, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed to help pay for medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other hardships. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident on someone else’s property, contact the law office of Handy & Handy in Salt Lake City today to discuss your case.
Types of Premises Liability Accidents
Premises liability refers to a property owner’s legal duty to keep their property safe for anyone who is invited to visit. It does not matter whether the property is commercial, government-owned, or private property, every property owner has a legal duty to keep their property free from hazards that could result in serious injuries to those who visit.
The most common types of premises liability claims involve:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Falling items
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites or animal attacks
- Negligent security
Most premises liability cases involve slip-and-fall accidents. This is particularly true for commercial property, such as retail stores, malls, and office buildings. Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Cords, debris, or clutter on the floor or pavement
- Poorly illuminated corridors or stairwells
- Poorly maintained floors and pavement, including unattended spills, cracked or broken floorboards, tiles, or concrete, and ripped carpets
These types of premises liability claims often arise due to the following conditions:
- Merchandise falling from shelves at stores, shops, and warehouses
- Falling ceiling decorations, displays, or light fixtures
- Items falling from windows, terraces, balconies, roofs, or scaffolding
Swimming Pool Accidents
Drownings and near-drownings are almost always preventable with the right precautions. People who own or operate swimming pools have a duty to keep them safe for anyone given access to them, whether the pool is located at a private residence, a hotel, or a water park.
Dog Bites or Animal Attacks
Pets are considered to be the property of the owner. Failing to prevent a vicious dog or other animals on the premises from biting or attacking a customer, visitor, or guest is an act of negligence.
In some cases, an act of violence against you that occurs on someone else’s property can entitle you to file a premises liability claim against the owner. For example, if the owner failed to implement adequate security measures in areas where these kinds of attacks have occurred before, and you are injured as a result, you may be able to hold them financially accountable for what happened to you.
Fires are often caused by acts of negligence, such as:
- Exposed or faulty electrical wiring
- Unattended stoves, candles, fireplaces, or backyard fire pits
- Misplaced heating equipment
The Essential Elements for a Premises Liability Claim in Utah
If you were injured on someone else’s property as a result of the owner’s negligence, no matter how complicated the circumstances, you may have a right to hold them financially accountable for your injuries and losses. While the injuries and losses suffered in premises liability accidents differ greatly from case to case, all premises liability cases require the same essential elements:
- You had an accident that was caused or contributed to by hazardous conditions on the property;
- You sustained physical injuries as a result of the accident;
- The party you are bringing the claim against owned, leased, or occupied the property; and
- The conditions on the property existed as a result of negligence on the part of the party that owned, leased, or occupied the property.
Schedule Your Free Premises Liability Attorney Appointment Now
Because it is sometimes necessary to preserve evidence, as time passes it can become more and more difficult to win a premises liability lawsuit. You need to act quickly to ensure that your incident is properly documented, and we ensure you the best possible outcome. Contact us today at (801) 264-6677 or contact us online to speak to a premises liability attorney from our firm.