Premises Liability Lawyer Serving West Virginia and Hagerstown Area
When you visit a public building or business, such as a grocery store, restaurant, or government office, you expect that the property will be safe and well-maintained. The owners and managers of the building would certainly know better than you about any hazards on the property, and you assume that they will let you know if some hidden danger is present that could cause you serious injury. Property owners aren’t always this conscientious about their duties to keep visitors and customers safe, however, and a moment of lax supervision can result in a lifetime with a disabling injury for some victims.
If you’ve been injured after an accident on someone else’s property, seek knowledgeable and seasoned legal help to find out if you could have a legal claim for damages against a negligent owner. Contact the West Virginia premises liability lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a free consultation on your case as soon as possible after an accident.
Premises liability, explained
When you’ve been invited onto someone else’s property, either implicitly as a customer or explicitly as a social guest, the business or property owner has a duty to you to ensure that the property is reasonably safe. This might mean that the owner has to inspect the property from time to time to make sure that there are no dangerous conditions that a customer or guest might not expect or notice, such as a slippery, clear puddle of liquid, or a damaged stair. If the property owner learns of a hazard or would have learned of it by regularly inspecting the property, and you are injured by that hazard because the owner didn’t take steps to fix it in a reasonable time, then the owner could owe you money for your injuries.
Injuries from accidents on other people’s property can be serious
You may not think that a simple slip-and-fall accident can result in serious injuries. However, slipping on a hard marble or tile floor, or tumbling down stairs, could leave you with major medical expenses that you’ll need help to afford. Claims for injuries received on someone else’s property often include:
- Sprains and strains
- Broken bones
- Bruised ribs
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries
- Damage to soft tissues and ligaments
- Injuries to the spine
These injuries can require months of painful rehabilitation, lost wages from time spent off work, and extensive medical costs.
Don’t wait to seek damages for your injuries after a West Virginia slip and fall
Don’t allow your claim for money damages to expire after a premises liability accident. Contact the knowledgeable, effective, and aggressive Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a consultation on your claim, at 304-263-0900.