Going to the grocery store, the park, your favorite restaurant, or a friend’s house are all the last places that you expect to be injured. Yet when dangerous conditions exist on these and other property types, injuries are possible. At the offices of Sabbeth Law, our Hanover premises liability lawyers are available to help you build your case and understand your rights after you’ve been seriously injured. To learn more about our premises liability law firm and what to do after you’ve been harmed on another’s property, call our law firm directly today.
Types of Premises Liability Cases in Hanover
There are numerous types of accidents that may form the basis of a premises liability suit. A premises liability case is a type of civil action where a party who is injured on the property of another brings forth a claim for damages against the owner of that property. Common types of premises liability claims include:
- Slip, trip, and fall cases;
- Retail accidents;
- Negligent security cases (i.e. assault, sexual assault, battery, etc.);
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Trampoline accidents;
- Dog bites;
- Elevator and escalator accidents;
- Falling object accidents;
- Construction site accidents; and
If you have been injured on another’s property in an accident type that you don’t see listed, please reach out to our lawyers directly to learn more about your rights and options.
The Basics of a Premises Liability Claim
In order to win a premises liability claim, the claimant/plaintiff must be able to prove the following.
- A hazardous condition existed on the property. Types of hazardous conditions that may contribute to injuries could be broken stairs, torn carpet, unfenced swimming pools, poor scaffolding, potholes or depressions in walking areas, etc.
- The individual was lawfully on the property. While the state of New Hampshire doesn’t distinguish between different categories of people who enter a property, property owners generally aren’t liable for injuries to trespassers, unless those injuries are caused willfully or wantonly.
- The property owner knew or should have known of the condition. After you prove that you were on the property lawfully and that a hazardous condition existed, you’ll also need to prove that the property owner had knowledge of the condition, or should have had knowledge of the condition, in order to win your suit. This might involve gathering evidence that shows that the property owner received notice of the condition, or that the condition existed for such a duration of time that the property owner reasonably should have discovered the condition.
- The property owner failed to remedy the condition in a reasonable amount of time. Even if the property owner knew of the condition, they may not have had time to correct it. For example, if you slipped on snow at 2:00 a.m. that had accumulated at 1:30 a.m., it would be unreasonable to expect the property owner to have already removed the snow. On the other hand, if the snow fell overnight and it’s now the middle of the afternoon, a reasonable amount of time for the property owner to remove the snow has passed.
- The hazard was the proximate cause of your injuries and damages. Finally, you need to prove that the hazard on the property that was unremedied was the proximate cause of your injury and damages. In other words, your accident and injuries would not have occurred but for the hazard.
Why Work with Our Law Firm
If you can prove the above elements, you can hold the property owner liable for the full value of your damages. Types of damages that are recoverable in a premises liability claim include compensation for the value of your pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other economic and noneconomic damages you have suffered.
Our lawyers are talented accident investigators who know what type of evidence in order to win a case, who get to the scene fast – before insurance adjusters, and who will bring in the right experts to build your claim. We know how to build cases, negotiate settlements, and get our clients the large settlements they deserve. We have recovered seven- and eight-figure settlements on our clients’ behalf.
While our lawyers typically focus on truck accident claims and have been selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top Truck Accident Lawyers, we are equally as committed to and competent in handling premises liability claims. To learn more about our Hanover truck accident lawyers and how we can support you, please call us directly at your convenience. We offer free consultations.