It is disappointing when you encounter a hazard in a place you trusted as safe. It is worse when you realize that a property owner likely knew about its existence. Continue reading to learn whether you can prove that a property owner knew about a safety hazard on their premises and how an experienced St. Mary’s County slip and fall lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can help you execute this.
What are common safety hazards that may exist on a premises?
Even in unsuspecting premises, there may be safety hazards lying in every corner. Examples are as follows:
- Sidewalk accident: there may be snow, ice, or other weather-related debris on the sidewalk.
- Supermarket accident: there may be produce, liquids, or other merchandise spilled on the supermarket aisles.
- Parking lot accident: there may be potholes or uneven pavement throughout the parking lot.
- Stairway accident: there may be missing/broken steps or broken handrails on a stairway.
- Marina accident: there may be improper training of staff at a marina.
How can I argue that a property owner knew about a safety hazard on their premises?
Of note, safety hazards typically exist on a premises due to the negligence of a property owner. This is because a property owner holds a duty of care. This duty entails promptly identifying, then fixing or clearing, all potential dangers. Unfortunately, a failure to do so may have been the reason why you incurred injuries and damages in a slip and fall accident.
Rest assured, you may attain justice in this unjust situation by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent property owner. For your claim, you may have to collect a significant amount of proof that shows how a property owner knew or should have reasonably known about a safety hazard on their premises. Examples of proof that you may collect and cite for your argument are as follows:
- You may cite photos and videos you took of a safety hazard at the scene of your accident that demonstrates how a reasonable individual would have easily known about their existence.
- You may cite surveillance camera footage that exhibits the existence of a safety hazard for the days, weeks, or months leading up to your accident.
- You may cite witness testimonies from employees or visitors that explain the existence of a safety hazard for the days, weeks, or months leading up to your accident.
- You may cite the presence of code violations that a property owner should have reasonably known about.
You must take your personal injury claim seriously. So pick up the phone and call a skilled St. Mary’s County personal injury lawyer today. Someone at The Dorsey Law Firm will be happy to answer.