For most people, the last thing on their mind when visiting someone else's property is the possibility they will get hurt. When injuries happen, they often come as a surprise. In most cases, when someone sustains an injury on someone else's property, it comes down to how well it was maintained.
Whether visiting a premises maintained by a homeowner or an apartment building maintained a property owner, it's important that you understand the risks and what to do if you or a loved one sustains an injury.
What to be cautious of when visiting someone's property
Property injuries often involve one of the following situations:
- Slip and fall accidents: These are some of the most common premise liability accidents. They can occur when a property owner fails to ensure floors, stairs, and walkways are safe to walk on.
- Trips: These accidents are commonly caused by uneven surfaces, poor lighting, broken steps, and debris.
- Cuts and bruises: When visiting someone else's property, you could sustain cuts and bruises by making contact with poorly designed or maintained doorways, railings, fences, shrubs, bushes, and other structural defects. Contact with broken glass can often result in serious cuts and lacerations.
- Burns: Visitors can sustain burns on someone else's property when making contact with boiling water, backyard fires, fireplaces, grills, and stoves.
- Animal attacks: Whether it's a dog, cat, or exotic pet, animals can attack. Property owners are obligated to make sure their pets are well-trained, or placed elsewhere when having visitors over.
Why pursue a personal injury claim?
If you have been injured on someone else's property, it's important that you know your rights and take action. It's also important to note the time, location, the cause of your injury, and whether or not the property owner could have prevented it.
As a result of your injury, you may need to pursue a personal injury claim against a friend, neighbor, or loved one. You may be understandably hesitant to do so! But there is no need to worry about whether or not your claim will hinder your relationship with them. Their insurance company is responsible for compensating you for any medical expenses, lost wages, or suffering accrued from your injury. To put it another way, you're not trying to take your friend's money; you are asking their insurance company to pay out the coverage that your friend has already paid premiums for.
However, insurance companies are not on your side. They could care less if you can pay your medical bills. They might try to devalue your claim in order to reduce their own costs. Attempting to deal with them will likely only cause you more grief.
That's why you need the help of an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer. Attorney Daniel C. Carlton handles premise liability claims involving dangerous conditions, dog bite injuries, injuries to children, inadequate maintenance, and swimming pool accidents. We will fight for what is rightfully yours. Contact us today to learn more.