preserving evidence

It is a property owner’s responsibility to keep their premises safe at all times. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may have a lot of questions as to what your rights are and how you can pursue a claim for those injuries.

Property owners have a duty to effectively manage, supervise, and operate their property to protect the public from unnecessary risk of harm. If they fail to do so, and someone gets injured, a premise liability case may exist.

Some of the most common premise liability claims we see are:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Stairwell falls
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Negligent security measures
  • Farm accidents
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Injuries from falling objects
  • Collapsed decks and structures
  • Fire and smoke inhalation injuries
  • Other residential and commercial property injuries

Although property owners are expected to take precautions to prevent unnecessary risk of harm to others, they are not expected to make their property accident-proof.

To pursue a premise liability claim, you must be able to prove that the property owner was negligent. In other words, the property owner failed to take measures of known or foreseeable risks on their property.

This is why premise liability cases can become complex. One thing victims can do to help build their case is to preserve any evidence they can of the scene/time of the accident.

  • Notify property owners of the incident immediately. Whether it was at a person’s home or a public place such as a restaurant, it is key to document the incident right away.
  • Take as many pictures as you can of the scene.
  • If possible, obtain witnesses’ information.
  • Seek medical treatment. The injuries will then be reported in your medical records which can be used for your claim.
  • Contact an experienced premise liability attorney to help build your case.

Recovering compensation after an injury.

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It is always a property owner’s responsibility to keep their premises safe.  If you have been injured on someone else’s property, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. It is important when pursuing a premise liability claim to collect evidence before any repairs are made or any materials are disposed of. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no-obligation consultation.

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