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Holding Negligent Property Owners Responsible For Your Accident

Injuries that occur while the victim is present on an unsafe property can result in premises liability claims. These types of cases involve demonstrating that some defect or unsafe condition caused the injuries. The law requires a property owner to make their property safe for guests and people visiting their property. A property owner is also required to warn entrants of unsafe conditions which may exist on the property.

At Ruth Law Firm in Fargo, I have over 30 years of experience helping clients throughout North Dakota and Minnesota file personal injury claims after premises liability accidents. You can trust me to put my knowledge and experience to work for you.

Common Causes Of Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents can occur in a variety of settings and can result in serious injuries. Here are some common causes of premises liability accidents:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents due to wet or slippery surfaces
  • Tripping hazards such as uneven sidewalks or flooring
  • Inadequate lighting leading to accidents and injuries
  • Negligent security resulting in assaults or robberies
  • Faulty or poorly maintained equipment or structures
  • Improperly marked or maintained staircases

At Ruth Law Firm, I understand the complexities of these cases and can help you navigate the legal process to seek the compensation you deserve. I will investigate the cause of your accident, gather evidence, and fight for your rights against the responsible party.

Slip-And-Fall Accidents

One of the most common premises liability claims results from slip-and-fall injuries due to unsafe conditions. For example, a person may be injured as a result of any of the following (and much more):

  • Slipping on an uneven sidewalk or stairs
  • Slipping or falling due to icy or snowy conditions
  • Tripping over debris or uneven pavement in a parking lot

These common causes of slip-and-fall accidents can lead to both minor and serious injuries, including broken bones, torn muscles, and even spinal or brain injuries.

Slip-And-Fall Statistics

According to information reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every five falls causes serious injuries, including broken bones or head injuries. They also reported the following statistics for slip-and-fall injuries:

  • Over 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year for fall injuries
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries
  • In 2015, the total medical costs for falls were over $50 billion
  • Every year there are over 3 million elderly people treated for fall injuries

Can I Receive Compensation For An Uneven Sidewalk Injury?

Many cities have codes and ordinances that require a person to clear their sidewalk or walkway of snow and ice within a certain period after the snow has fallen. When a pedestrian is injured due to the unsafe condition of a sidewalk or walkway, a property owner may be liable if he fails to comply with the city codes. In these instances, the property owner may be liable for injuries.

There are other instances where a property owner is aware of the existence of certain hazards, such as:

  • Deep holes
  • Exposed electrical wires
  • Construction/renovation
  • Improperly maintained stars/handrails

If a property owner fails to have the property inspected or fails to remain in compliance with applicable building codes, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries. Furthermore, if a person is injured on rental premises, the injured person may have a claim against the property renter.

What Is Premises Liability Coverage?

Premises liability coverage is the insurance coverage that property or business owners generally carry as a means of protecting their customers or visitors in the case of an accident on their property. It is important to note here that the same insurance policy that provides premises liability coverage will also provide coverage for the careless actions or omissions of the homeowner, business owner or renter for actions that occurred off the insured premises.

For example, a golfer carelessly hits a member of his foursome with his club or golf ball. Another example would be carelessly swinging a baseball bat and hitting someone. As a general statement, premises liability insurance will cover injuries sustained by someone due to the careless actions of another person.

Why You Need A Fargo Premises Liability Lawyer

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, navigating the legal system can be complex and overwhelming, especially when dealing with insurance companies and property owners who may try to downplay your injuries or deny liability altogether.

That’s where a Fargo premises liability lawyer from Ruth Law Firm comes in. I know how to investigate your case, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. I can also represent you in court if necessary.

By hiring a premises liability lawyer, you can:

  • Protect your legal rights
  • Maximize your compensation
  • Reduce your stress and anxiety
  • Focus on your recovery

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could win compensation in a premises liability claim to cover related costs such as pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and lost anticipated earnings.

Don’t Wait To File Your Premises Liability Claim

Please remember that every claim is governed by the statute of limitations. If you believe you have a premises liability claim, contact my office immediately. Call 701-581-9098 or send me an online message to discuss your options with me in Fargo during a free case evaluation.