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Premises Liability

When you have been injured on someone else’s property, such as a retail store, an office building or even someone’s house, because of the owner’s failure to keep the property safe and secure, you may be entitled to receive your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Common Types of Premises Liability Cases Are the Following

  • Assaults or Sexual Assaults
  • Collapsing seats or booths
  • Dog Bites
  • Falling objects
  • Hazardous walkways
  • Inadequate security
  • Slip and Fall due to unstable flooring, wet floor or foreign objects

In order to be successful in a premises liability claim, one must prove that the owner of the property knew or should have known of the hazardous condition and did nothing to address the problem. In North Carolina, a premises liability case can be difficult to pursue due to the theory of contributory negligence. If the insurance company can show that if the injured person contributed by one percent to his or her injury by failing to keep a proper lookout on their property, the injured person’s claim can be barred.

The Following Are Steps to Take After a Premises Liability Accident

  • Immediately look at accident area and obtain all evidence
  • Do not give hazardous item to owner
  • Try to obtain your own pictures or video before leaving the premises
  • Ask employees if area is videotaped
  • Report accident to manager and obtain police report
  • Collect names and contact information of witnesses
  • Obtain address and name of property owner
  • Write down your personal observations of the condition


Please contact The Devin Law Firm, P.A. in order to schedule an initial free consultation with an attorney who can then start assisting you throughout the process.

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