Representing the Injured After a Trip, Slip or Fall Accident
When you enter a store, an office, a sports complex, a park or another business or government property, you reasonably expect it to be safe. In fact, the owners have a duty to maintain the property in good condition and to warn you of hazards. Your right to collect damages for an injury you sustain on another person’s or corporation’s property is based on the doctrine of premises liability.
Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C., has more than three decades of experience in personal injury litigation. Our lawyers investigate the condition of the property at the time of your accident to determine whether the owner is at fault. We then collect evidence of dangers to prove negligence and build a strong claim for maximum possible damages.
Elements Of A Premises Liability Claim
To prevail on your premises liability claim, you must demonstrate negligence by a preponderance of the evidence – meaning that it is more likely than not that the owner is liable. The elements of a valid claim are:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care
- The owner breached the duty
- You sustained an injury because of the breach
- You suffered an injury as a result
Because North Carolina allows a contributory negligence defense, you may have to show that you were not partially at fault for your injuries.
Common Dangerous Premise Accidents
A trip, slip or fall can be serious, potentially resulting in debilitating injuries, such as spinal damage, herniated discs, head trauma, fractures or severe soft tissue injuries. Many trip, slip and fall cases are avoidable but for the negligence of the proprietor, for example:
- Snow and ice on walkways and stairs
- Slippery surfaces in swimming pool and recreation areas
- Unsupervised pools and playgrounds
- Broken railings on balconies and landings
- Spilled liquids in grocery store aisles
- Cracked sidewalks and pavement
- Overstocked market shelves
- Unmarked construction zones
- Collapsing scaffolding
Collect Compensation From Negligent Property Owners
We can schedule appointments for weekends and evenings if you are unable to make it to our office during regular business hours. Our firm handles all premises liability claims on contingency.