When Do I Have a Premises Liability Case?
Hawaii property owners are expected to keep their premises reasonably safe and secure. When they fail to maintain their properties, repair hazardous conditions, or warn visitors about potential hazards, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur.
If you were injured on someone else’s property on Oahu, you shouldn’t have to pay for your medical expenses or other losses if someone else is to blame. Working with an experienced premises liability lawyer can help put you on the path to compensation.
Turn to Recovery Law Center. Our Honolulu premises liability lawyers can prepare your legal claim and represent you during negotiations with the insurance company.
The sooner you get started, the better. Call or contact us now for a free consultation.
When Do I Have a Right to Legal Action?
You could have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit if:
- There was a hazardous defect on the property when you visited it.
- The defect contributed to your injuries.
- You were a legal visitor of the property at the time of your injury.
- The property owner knew about the defect (or should have known about it) through regular care and maintenance of the premises.
- The property owner failed to address, repair, or warn you about the defect.
Keep in mind that just because you were injured on someone else’s property does not automatically mean you have a right to take legal action.
For example, if you sustained an injury because you failed to exercise reasonable care or were trespassing, you may be considered partially or fully liable for your injuries. If it’s not clear who was at fault for your injury, you can contact a qualified attorney for a free case review to learn more.
Hidden Property Hazards
Property visitors are far more likely to suffer serious injuries when the following types of hidden property hazards are present:
- Broken steps or staircases
- Defective or missing handrails
- Loose flooring or extension cords
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security
- Slippery, wet, or icy walkways
- Lack of proper signage
- Falling or flying objects
- Unattended dogs or other animals
- Chemical spills and toxic fumes
What Evidence Is Needed to Prove Fault in a Premises Liability Case?
To win compensation in a premises liability claim, you’ll need strong supporting evidence to prove that the other party is at fault. Examples of useful evidence include:
- Photographs of the hazard that caused your injuries
- Photographs of any visible injuries you suffered
- Medical records and bills, to demonstrate the costs and extent of your injuries
- Property records, to name who was responsible for the property at the time
- Policy information from the property owner’s insurance provider
- Police accident reports
- Pay stubs and tax records, to demonstrate the extent of your income losses
- Witness statements
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
It’s not always easy to prove to a court that a property owner should be held responsible for your injuries. That’s where a premises liability lawyer can help. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by scheduling a free consultation at Recovery Law Center. Call or contact us today.