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When property owners shirk their duty of care towards tenants and visitors, accidents happen, leading to serious, sometimes debilitating injuries. These injuries usually result from slips or falls over unmarked hazards, like slippery floors or poorly maintained walkways. If a property owner’s negligence caused your injuries, you have the right to pursue compensation.

Our team at Whitley Law Firm prioritizes two goals when serving our clients: first, we fight for every cent you deserve; second, we strive to make you feel comfortable throughout this process. To us, you aren’t a case number; you’re a person going through a difficult time. You deserve an advocate who sees you and cares about your future.

The level of care we provide to injured people in our community—that’s the Whitley Advantage. Contact our firm at (919) 785-5000 to learn more about what sets Whitley Law Firm apart.

Damages You May Be Entitled to After an Accident on Someone Else’s Property

The term “damages” refers to the types of compensation you can pursue after a premises liability accident. To protect your future and hold the responsible parties accountable, our personal injury lawyers are prepared to fight for the recovery of damages like:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Out-of-pocket costs, such as the cost of transportation to and from your medical appointments
  • Emotional damages, like pain and suffering

What Our Greenville Team Will Do for You

Fighting for your compensation is our highest priority, but working alongside Whitley Law Firm includes other benefits, like:

  • Attentive listeners who are ready to support you at any time
  • Responses to your calls within 24 hours
  • Contingency fee representation, where we don’t get paid until you do
  • Comprehensive legal counsel, including a free initial consultation
  • Proven and tested representation from attorneys who have a history of success

Remember, you’re the boss—we work for you. While we sift through the details of your case and build a legal strategy, you can direct your energy toward the recovery process. Filing a premises liability case can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. We strive to ensure that our clients get the time they need to process and heal from their injuries.

Greenville Premises Liability Law

Property owners have an obligation to anticipate, discover, and repair hazards on their properties. If the property is not made safe for people to enter, the property owner, in most cases, is liable for injuries resulting from the hazard.

Landowners have a duty to inspect their property and take reasonable steps to avoid causing someone harm. When the condition cannot be repaired immediately, they have a duty to post warning signs.

Failure to maintain a property, repair a hazard, or warn of a hazard could make the property owner liable for any injuries that result from their negligence.

We Will Conduct an Investigation Into the Cause and Liable Party

In North Carolina, you cannot receive compensation until you provide proof that the negligent party is responsible for your accident. Doing so will require a thorough investigation. We will gather the following types of evidence to uncover the cause and liable parties:

  • Incident reports
  • Security camera footage
  • Witness interviews
  • Expert insight
  • Your medical records
  • Other pieces of evidence relevant to your case

We Will Build a Strong Case That Demonstrates the At-Fault Party’s Negligence

North Carolina personal injury cases adhere to the contributory negligence doctrine. Under this rule, you are not eligible for compensation if you are even one percent responsible for your injuries. For this reason, our team takes the task of determining liability very seriously.

To demonstrate that a property owner’s negligence caused your accident, we will gather evidence to show:

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care
  • The liable party failed to uphold this duty of care by behaving negligently
  • The liable party’s negligence caused your injuries
  • You suffered damages after your accident

If you think you may have contributed to your injuries, don’t lose hope. We can offer counsel on your situation and determine whether you have a valid claim for compensation.

Your Right to Compensation May Depend on Your Visitor Classification

The actual duty that a property owner has to people entering their property is dependent on the classification of the injured person in a Greenville premises liability claim. An injured person is either someone that is lawfully present or a trespasser. The highest duty of care is extended to the person entering lawfully.

A person entering a retail establishment that is open to the public is entering lawfully when they enter during business hours. The store has a duty to ensure that the facility is safe for that person.

A postal carrier delivering mail to a residential property owner’s home also has a lawful right to be on the premises, so the property owner has a duty to ensure the carrier can deliver their mail safely.

Trespassers Don’t Have the Same Rights as Legal Visitors

A trespasser is anyone who enters the property without permission or a legal right to enter. While the distinction between trespassers and lawful invitees may seem simple, it can become complicated.

Being injured on someone else’s property doesn’t come with the inherent right to recover compensation. How the individual entered the property, the victim’s location at the time of the injury, and visible or verbal warnings of the hazard all impact the injured person’s ability to recover compensation. Moreover, who is responsible for the injury can get complex, especially if the property is being leased.

Helping You Understand Your Case

Our team of lawyers has over 80 years of combined legal experience. We understand how the specifics of premises liability law apply to claims and lawsuits. We can review the details of your case to ensure that every detail is right. After all, you’re recovering from a serious injury. You shouldn’t have to fret over complicated legal matters—we’ll handle that for you.

How a Greenville Premises Liability Attorney Can Help

At Whitley Law Firm, we’re more than lawyers. We’re legal guides, friends, and confidants. Working alongside our team shouldn’t be like navigating a minefield of sterile, unnecessary legal jargon. We want our service to feel patient and warm, like one big hug.

We won’t just fight for your rights and compensation. We’ll address your every need and answer any questions that arise during the process.  That’s the Whitley Advantage. Contact our offices at (919) 785-5000 to connect with a Greenville premises liability attorney today.