Take a woman who is walking down a sidewalk. She trips on a particularly rough and damaged section, falling and breaking her wrist—just her own bad luck, right? Perhaps not. If the sidewalk had been damaged for some time, and the owner (be it the town, business, or private party) made no efforts to warn users or fix it, the owner may be held liable for the woman’s injuries.
This is due to a unique area of law known as premises liability law. Property owners like towns, businesses, or landlords have a responsibility to ensure the safety of people on their property, or premises. Whether it is warning of and cleaning up a spill on a slick floor or properly marking an unseen step, it is the owner’s duty to protect people who may encounter it.
Slip and falls are perhaps the most widely recognized premises liability cases, but you might be surprised at the reach of these laws, including injuries sustained in:
- Slip and falls
- Broken or uneven surfaces
- Improper security
- Dog bites
- Falling debris
These examples only touch on a few of the many cases we see. Essentially, if you are on any property you don’t own and an avoidable injury occurs due to poor maintenance or lack of warning, you may have a premises liability case.
The Wilmington premises liability lawyers at the Speaks Law Firm are well-versed in protecting people like you. A premises liability accident is not just bad luck—someone may be accountable for your injuries due to their oversight. If you are in need of a North Carolina slip and fall attorney or need representation in a premises liability case, call the Speaks Law Firm today at 910.341-7570 for a free consultation.