DC Premises Liability Attorney
Personal injury accidents can often be avoided if a property owner practices regular maintenance and takes adequate precautions to avoid hazardous conditions. When a property owner fails to meet a reasonable standard of care, he or she can be held liable for any injuries sustained on his or her property. If you have been injured in an accident or crime that occurred on unsafe on unmaintained property, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering and other losses. To find out whether you have a viable claim, you should contact an experienced DC premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. Time is a factor, particularly in regards to finding and preserving evidence needed to prove your claim, so don’t hesitate to consult with a dedicated personal injury attorney who has extensive successful experience in DC premises liability claims.
What is Premises Liability?
Simply put, premises liability refers to the legal responsibility a landowner or property owner has for any accidents or injuries that occur on his or her land or property. Homeowners, business owners, and other property owners are responsible, to some degree, for the safety of visitors and guests. If hazards exist due to negligent maintenance or the failure to quickly remedy a known problem, a property owner may be held financially responsible for any injuries that occur on their premises. At Price Benowitz LLP, our DC premises liability attorneys will negotiate with insurance companies and the other responsible parties in your civil suit to gain a favorable settlement or aggressively litigate your case to win the maximum damages allowable under DC law.
We have represented numerous victims, or plaintiffs, who were harmed in an accident or crime on unsafe property. And there are any number of instances that can lead to injury, and a successful premises liability claim. For example, poor lighting and lack of security are frequently linked to the risk and occurrence of violent crimes. Hazardous conditions — such as obstructed walkways, slick and hazardous surfaces, broken stairs, or a lack of handrails — can lead to major physical injuries. Inadequate safety measures — such as failing to post warnings when driving conditions have deteriorated due to storm runoff accumulating on roads — can also result in serious incidents leading to pain, suffering and other losses. Our DC personal injury attorneys are skilled litigators with extensive negotiation skills and courtroom experience. They will work tirelessly to connect your injury to a landowner’s or property owner’s negligence and will fight to earn you the compensation you require and deserve.
The Importance of a DC Premises Liability Lawyer
A premises liability lawyer based in Washington, DC will be singularly dedicated to helping you achieve full compensation in a variety of premises liability cases. Such an attorney will have a complete understanding of the District of Columbia’s codes and laws pertaining to premises liability, and he will review all of the facts of your case in the search for every available avenue for a claim. Commonly occurring incidents include, but are not limited to:
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Pool accidents;
- Parking lot incidents;
- And injuries incurred as a result of falling objects.
The types of injuries you may sustain can range widely in severity. It’s important to note that what may seem relatively mild to you, such as a sprained ankle or broken bone, or a cut that requires stitches, still requires legal reprimand. If this does not occur, there is little to no incentive for the property or land owner to fix the problem that led to your injury. The next victim may not escape the same situation with the same relatively minor injuries. Examples of victims that could suffer far worse injuries, from life-long disability to life-threatening matters, include young children, the elderly and the disabled.
Statute of Limitations for DC Premises Liability Claims
All 50 states, and the District of Columbia, have statutes of limitations that applies to any personal injury claim. This means that you must file your claim within a certain period for the claim to be considered valid and proceed. There, however, circumstances in which a claim might still be valid. For example, if you suffered an injury due to poorly maintained property but did not realize the extent of the injury until much later, a skilled attorney would argue that the date of your injury should be based on the moment you realized the full extent of the problem. In Washington, DC the statue of limitations for personal injury claims — and all other civil claims — is three years.
Contact Price Benowitz LLP
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a property owner’s negligence, you have the right to pursue financial compensation. When you legally enter the property of a business or another individual, even for a brief moment, the law generally finds that you have a reasonable expectation to not suffer unforeseen injury. To further understand this area of the law, and to receive a thorough and honest assessment of any potential claim, contact the DC premises liability lawyers at Price Benowitz LLP for a no-cost case consultation. Our attorneys and support staff are well versed in premises liability law and are available to speak with you 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. You will never be greeted by a machine or an answering service, and you will pay nothing unless you receive compensation through settlement or court-ordered damages. Please contact our firm today.