Premises liability

Who Has Superior Knowledge of Danger in Premises Liability Case?

Premises liability cases can be tricky. One of the most challenging issues is proving who had knowledge about the hazard that ultimately caused an injury. Typically, it comes down to who had superior knowledge. In a recent case out of our Nation’s capital, an appellate court considered the effect of the victim’s knowledge of the dangerous condition. The question...

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Personal Injury

Collapsed Stairway Leads to Settlement of Premises Liability Claim

A resident of Connecticut recently received a $375,000 settlement after he fell 10 feet when a stairway collapsed. The stairs were located in the apartment complex where the 57-year-old lived and two stairs collapsed because they were severely rusted. He sustained serious injuries, including a broken kneecap, upper leg and left shoulder. He was standing on the top stairway...

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Personal Injury

What if I’m Injured on Someone’s Rental Property?

Slip and fall injuries are quite common, unfortunately. They can occur at a wide variety of locations. One of the most important questions that comes up after a slip and fall injury is who can and should be held responsible for those injuries?  That question can be a little complicated for slip and fall injuries on rental property.  The...

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Premises liability

How to Determine the Value of a Premises Liability Case

Most people who are injured while on someone else’s property at least consider filing a lawsuit to recover for their injuries.  Yet, depending on the actual value of your case, it may not always be the best decision.  What you must consider is whether, after it is all said and done, will you end up with sufficient compensation to...

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Premises liability

Slip and Fall Cases Can be Difficult to Prove

Clients sometimes ask, “is it really necessary to hire an attorney if it is obvious I slipped and fell in a store?”  The reality is, slip and fall cases can be very difficult to prove, because fault is not always that obvious.  Thousands of individuals are injured each year from slipping or tripping on something in a store or...

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Premises liability

Duty of a Store to Keep Sidewalks Clear

Most customers visiting a store never give the condition of the sidewalks a second thought.  We just assume they are safe and well-maintained.  The reality is, a crack in the pavement or a sudden unevenness in the surface can send you sprawling.  Sidewalk injuries can actually result in more serious injuries than you might suspect.  But, what is the...

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Premises liability

Visitor Status in Premises Liability Cases

If you have been injured while on someone else’s property, you may be wondering if that property owner can be held liable for compensating you for your injuries?  That all depends on the reason you were visiting that person’s property.  Your visitor status, at the time of your injury, will determine the duty the property owner had in protecting...

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Premises liability

What Duty of Care is Owed to an Invitee?

With the Christmas holidays over, and the mad shopping days behind us, it is very likely that either you, or someone you know, may have been injured in a store. You may have been walking through the mall carefree, when you slipped on something on the floor and fell. Do you file a lawsuit? If so, how do you...

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Premises liability

Elements of Premises Liability for Invitees

You are walking through a store and trip over something in the aisle. Should you file a lawsuit?  If so, who do you sue and what evidence do you need to prove your case?  Liability in a premises liability case depends on why you were on that particular property, and whether the property owner breached the particular duty owed...

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Premises liability

What to Do When Injured at the Home of a Friend

If you have been injured while visiting at a friend’s house, you have a very difficult decision to make.  What course of action should you take?  Most people typically do not want to file a lawsuit against a friend.  But, on the other hand, if you aren’t able to cover your medical bills on your own, you will have...

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