Injured Due to Premises Liability in North Carolina?
Premises Liability Lawyer Explains Premises Law & Injury Cases
Businesses and other property owners are legally obligated to ensure their buildings and land are reasonably safe for visitors. While the definition of “reasonably safe” may depend on the type of property and intent of a guest, property owners generally must remove, repair or warn of dangerous conditions or hazards that may cause a fall or other accident. For example, a grocery store must clean up spills in a timely manner to prevent slip and fall accidents. When an owner neglects this duty, dangerous conditions may persist and cause serious injuries or wrongful death to visitors. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an accident on someone else’s property, then you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit to recover compensation for your medical bills and other damages.
Riddle & Brantley is one of the largest personal injury law firms in the state. If you or a loved one suffered harm on public or private property, then our North Carolina premises liability lawyers can advise you of your legal options. Our attorneys have more than 160 years of combined experience recovering fair compensation for victims of personal injuries.
Our experience with these types of cases includes successes like:
- $7,850,000 settlement. Attorney Donald Dunn represented a class action lawsuit against the Town of Apex on behalf of residents. An explosion at a waste management facility rendered areas of the town toxic, forcing an evacuation.
- $3,000,000 verdict. Attorney Donald Dunn represented the family of a nursing home resident whose wrongful death resulted from dangerous conditions in the facility.
- $450,000 settlement. Attorney Gene Riddle represented a client who sustained second and third-degree burns on both feet. The accident occurred at a playground near a church-sponsored cookout in Wayne County, where workers left hot coals on the ground.
- $100,000 settlement. Attorney Jonathan Smith represented an injury victim who lost vision in one eye due to a lawnmower accident on a friend’s property. The lawnmower struck debris, which hit our client in the eye.
Note: Each case is different and our previous results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
What Are Common Causes of Personal Injuries on Private Property?
There are multiple ways you could suffer personal injuries or wrongful death on public and private properties. You may be able to a file premises liability lawsuit for:
- Slip and fall accidents. Spills, uneven surfaces, poor lighting and clutter are all reasons you could fall on someone else’s property. Often, slip and fall accidents occur at grocery stores, hospitals, swimming pools or in the workplace.
- Poor security. Property owners may neglect security, putting you and other guests at risk for injuries due to assault or other crimes.
- Dog bites. You may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit if someone else’s pet attacks or bites you. Although dog bites may seem like inconsequential injuries, they are not, particularly when children are the victims. Dog bites may cause infection, disfigurement or even death in some cases.
- Missing safety features. Serious accidents may occur when property owners fail to install devices like fire alarms, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. The same risks are possible when fall protection, such as railings on staircases, are missing or faulty.
- Design defects. In some cases, the original design of a building or feature may contain defects that pose a risk to visitors. For example, defective stairs or railings may cause a slip and fall accident. Additionally, design defects in fire alarms, extinguishers and smoke detectors can pose a serious risk in the event of a fire. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer for these defects.
- Stairways and bleachers. Stairs and bleachers may be particularly dangerous if not marked sufficiently for visibility or if not built according to building codes.
- Water contamination. Contamination of the water supply by industrial processes and other sources can cause a severe health crisis.
Do I Have a Premises Liability Case?
In North Carolina, certain conditions must be met before you can file a premises liability lawsuit. Generally, you and your attorney must demonstrate that:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care. A duty of care means the property owner had a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to protect you and other lawful visitors from harm caused by dangerous conditions.
- The property owner violated that duty. If the property owner owed you a duty of care, then they must fix or warn you of hazards or dangerous conditions. Failure to do so may constitute negligence, allowing you to file a claim for resulting injury.
- You sustained injuries due to this violation. If you suffered injuries and/or real damages, then you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit.
According to North Carolina premises liability law, property owners owe all lawful visitors a duty of care. Thus, a visitor such as a customer at a business or a social guest on private property may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit for injuries caused by foreseeable hazards. Property owners generally do not owe trespassers a duty of care. However, there are exceptions for child trespassers in some circumstances due to the legal doctrine of “attractive nuisance.”
In North Carolina, it is extremely important to be selective when picking an attorney for a premises liability lawsuit. Our state follows the concept of contributory negligence, meaning you may be unable to collect damages if you are even partially at fault. However, the attorneys at Riddle & Brantley understand contributory negligence laws and have an extensive record of success with premises liability lawsuits.
Injured on Private Property? Call our NC Premises Liability Lawyers for Help
At Riddle & Brantley, we understand the impact a serious injury or wrongful death can have on your life. When an injury or loss results from the negligence of another person, then you have the right to seek compensation. Our team of experienced attorneys represents premises liability cases in Goldsboro, Kinston, Raleigh, Jacksonville and throughout North Carolina
We take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe us money unless we successfully recover compensation. For a free consultation about your possible legal options, reach out to us at (800) 525-7111 or fill out an online case review form.