Durham Premises Liability Lawyer
Being injured on someone else’s property can be a painful and stressful experience. We know that injuries caused by unexpected (and often preventable) accidents can significantly impact your home and work life. You may feel anxious about missing work, paying bills, and supporting your family, but if you are not at fault for the accident, you should not have to bear the cost of making things right.
Our premises liability lawyers in Durham are here to guide you through the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve. Along with providing honest, effective legal representation that gets results, we tend to your case with genuine care and compassion. This approach makes us different. Our highest priority is taking care of you and your family while you recover and throughout the legal process. This is the Whitley Advantage.
You Could Be Entitled to Financial Recovery for Your Damages
One way the liable party can make things right is by paying for your losses. The responsible party’s insurance company will be compelled to pay for the value of your financial and personal losses, also called “damages.”
Damages often include:
- The cost of current and future medical treatment, rehabilitative care, and medication
- The value of your current and future lost wages, including work-related benefits like sick days, vacation days, retirement savings, and tips
- The cost to repair or replace your personal property
- The value of your physical pain and the inconvenience of your injuries
- The value of your emotional anguish and mental distress
- The value of your lost quality of life
It’s not easy to assign a dollar amount to your personal suffering. We don’t want to give you the impression that your pain is that easily calculable. As a team, we give thorough consideration to the impact of your suffering on your daily life. The amount we calculate to include in our demands is an amount we believe will help to lessen your suffering.
Under Premises Liability Law, You Can Hold Property Owners Accountable
Premises liability law determines whether you can hold a property owner responsible for injuries sustained on their property. Under these laws, owners and those controlling the property have a duty to maintain their property so that it is reasonably safe for visitors and residents. This maintenance may require warnings or repairs to the property to ensure the safety of those with a right to enter.
If you are injured due to the property owner’s failure to maintain safe premises, you may have grounds to pursue compensation. However, a property owner’s specific duties vary based on the classification of the guest. For example, property owners owe the greatest duty of care to someone with an expressed or implied right to enter, such as customers in a retail establishment or invited guests.
There is a lesser duty to those entering the property unlawfully.
We Will Build a Case Against the Negligent Party or Parties
Premises liability cases can be complex, as proving a property or business owner is responsible for your accident can be challenging. If you are anxious about whether or not you can claim compensation after being injured on someone else’s property, do not worry. Our family is here to help your family. Let us take care of everything you need for your case so you can focus on what’s important—your health and recovery.
Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle in Durham
While property owners are not responsible every time someone is hurt on their premises, we may be able to hold them liable for:
- Amusement park accidents
- Balcony falls
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Dangerous steps
- Dog bites
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Failure to warn visitors about hazards
- Falling objects
- Fire safety and building code violations
- Inadequate property maintenance
- Inadequate security
- Restaurant, retail store, or hotel accidents
- Falls over loose flooring or carpeting
- Falls or security problems due to poor lighting
- Slip and fall accidents in parking lots or on sidewalks
- Falls on slippery floors
- Swimming pool accidents
- Unsafe construction sites
This is just a handful of examples, so if your accident is not listed, we could still help you prove the elements of negligence in your premises liability case.
We Must Also Prove the Incident Caused Your Injuries
In addition to establishing that the at-fault party owned or occupied the property and was negligent in taking care of or maintaining it, we also need to show that your injuries were caused by the property owner’s negligence and that you have damages.
If this sounds like a steep hill to climb, our premises liability attorneys are here to take that journey for you. This way, you can focus on getting better with the peace of mind that your case is in capable hands. We manage every aspect of your case, so you do not have to investigate what happened, gather evidence, prove liability, or negotiate a fair settlement.
Be Mindful of State Laws That Could Affect Your Right to Seek Compensation
Premises liability cases can be time-barred if you do not file with the court before the deadline. For example, in North Carolina, you generally have three years from your injury to file a claim when a property owner’s negligence harmed you. However, this timeline can change depending on the circumstances of your case, so you should check with our team for clarity.
Not all claims progress to court. However, our premises liability attorneys in Durham will not hesitate to file a lawsuit in civil court if it is in your best interest. Threatening litigation can increase the other party’s willingness to negotiate a fair settlement without the expense of court proceedings. As such, seeking legal advice as soon as possible can be beneficial to ensure you meet all these critical deadlines.
Contact Our Team for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation Today
If you have been injured in Durham or the surrounding areas due to an unsafe or poorly maintained building, we are here to take care of you and your family. We aim to improve your situation with the quality of our services and in our fight for your financial recovery.
Your case will benefit from our more than 80 years of combined legal experience, but you will also enjoy responsive legal care and guidance throughout the process. You can make appointments with us at any time, and you will have our number and email to use whenever you need. Moreover, we provide our legal services on a contingency fee arrangement, meaning there are no upfront fees to retain us. You only pay after we obtain a favorable outcome for your case.
To learn more about how we can help you with your premises liability case, call us at (919) 785-5000 to schedule a free consultation.