Understanding Premises Liability

Premises accidents are very difficult to understand without the help of an experienced attorney in these types of disputes. When a person enters onto a property, in a building or even onto a vacant lot, the owner has a legal duty to ensure that visitors are not harmed.

slip and fall lawyer pittsburghThe reason and experienced attorney makes a difference is that there are varying reasons for a person being on a property. If a person is a trespasser, they will have less of a legal standing than a worker or guest in a person’s home. However, even trespassers hold some legal standing.

Three types of visitors exist:

  • Licensee: A person that is invited onto a property by an owner, but the property is private.
  • Invitee: A person that enters into a property that is open to the public. A park or grocery store would fit into this category.
  • Trespasser: A person that enters a property without the owner’s consent.

The first step that Martin and Lerda will take is to understand what right the visitor had to be on a property. Each visitor classification will have varying degrees of duties owed to them. Even a trespasser will have some duties owed to them in certain circumstances.

Owner Liability

An owner will be held liable for any legal duties that they did not uphold. Damages may come in the form of medical bills, loss of wages or even death. Our attorneys will seek the maximum damages possible under the law to ensure that your life is made as whole as possible.

Common Premises Liability

There are a variety of cases seen with premises accidents. These cases include:

  • Slip and fall
  • Dog bites
  • Defective conditions
  • Structural collapses

These are just a few of the many cases that our firm has helped our clients win. A negligent property owner can be sued for any negligence which has caused a personal injury or death.

Typically, premise lawsuits will not need to go to court and out of court settlements are granted. This is the fastest and easiest solution and what most of our cases deal with. However, we will go to court and fight for your claim if a settlement cannot be agreed upon.

The premises accident legal team at Martin and Lerda has decades of experience helping clients reach the settlements that they deserve. If you have been injured on someone else’s property due to negligence, give us a call today to discuss your case.

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