Premises Liability Attorneys in Raleigh, NC
Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable
Property owners have legal obligations to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner, and provide sufficient warning about unsafe conditions that pose foreseeable risks of harm.
Unfortunately, not all landowners exercise the necessary care to address dangerous conditions. People who patronize, visit, or work on these poorly maintained properties are the ones who often pay the price.
If you were injured on another’s property, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner, property manager, or another person or entity who had sufficient control of the property. This type of civil personal injury lawsuit can help you recover the financial compensation you need to cover your damages, and ensure landowners are held accountable for their negligence.
Edwards Kirby: Fighting for Premises Accident Victims Across North Carolina
Edwards Kirby is a nationally renowned Civil Trial Law Firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims and families who’ve suffered due to the negligent or wrongful acts of others.
Led by two of the nation’s most respected plaintiffs’ trial attorneys – John Edwards and David Kirby – we’re available to help you understand your rights and options for filing a premises liability lawsuit anywhere in Raleigh or the state of North Carolina.
Why Choose Us?
- Our Firm recovered hundreds of millions in compensation for victims of negligence.
- We’ve secured record results, including the largest personal injury settlement andthe largest personal injury verdict in North Carolina state history.
- Our award-winning trial lawyers draw from over 170 years of collective experience.
- We focus on serious injury and wrongful death cases, and prioritize personal attention.
Have a potential premises accident case? Call (919) 335-7005 for a FREE consultation.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility property owners, property managers, and others with sufficient access and control of a property have for injuries and damages victims suffer on their property. If someone gets hurt on another’s property, premises liability means property owners may be held financially responsible for their damages.
Under North Carolina law, landowners have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care to protect any lawful visitor from suffering harm. Reasonable care may include:
- Maintaining a business or property in an adequate manner (i.e. performing routine inspections or cleaning;
- Addressing dangerous conditions that can foreseeably cause harm (i.e. cleaning up after a spill a guest may slip on, ensuring adequate security at a large event where people may be drinking, or fixing a broken handrail);
- Providing adequate warning of dangerous conditions if they cannot be reasonably or promptly corrected, and if they are not obvious or apparent to a reasonable person (i.e. warning guests about a sudden drop in terrain or steep grade on the property).
Though there are many intricacies to premises liability law, its primary focus is to hold landowners accountable for injuries that result from hazards they knew or should have known about.
Proving the existence of a dangerous condition, whether a landowner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, and how a landowner failed to exercise reasonable care in addressing, fixing, or warning about the dangerous condition is a task that requires extensive investigation, evidence preservation, and collaboration with relevant experts. Our team at Edwards Kirby has these resources.
What Are Some Examples of Premises Liability Cases?
Premises liability claims can involve many different types of accidents and injuries. However, they all involve allegations that landowners (or those with access / control of a property) failed in some manner to exercise reasonable care in maintaining a safe property.
Premises liability cases may involve:
- Slip and fall accidents that result from dangerous conditions property owners failed to address (i.e. a puddle on a supermarket floor that had been there for several hours).
- Broken handrails, crumbling stairs / staircases that cause falls.
- Structural collapse of decks, balconies, or porches caused by inadequate maintenance.
- Unsafe construction zones, jobsites, or remodeling projects that lead to falls, falling objects, and other preventable accidents.
- Burn injuries or electrocution / electrical shock caused by poor electrical work, improper capping and wiring of electrical equipment, and other similar hazards.
- Drowning or near-drowning accidents resulting from unsupervised or poorly maintained swimming pools.
- Explosions and fires caused by gas leaks that could and should have been detected.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a failure to adequately maintain fuel-burning equipment, install carbon monoxide detectors, or take other reasonable safety precautions.
- Injuries from a third-party assault resulting from negligent or inadequate security.
How Do I Recover Compensation?
In personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, it is the Plaintiff’s burden to prove a Defendant was negligent. In a premises accident case, this means proving that a landowner failed in some manner to uphold their duty to take reasonable measures and keep their property in a reasonably safe condition.
Proving negligence requires a great deal of investigation, as well as the ability to think creatively in structuring arguments that satisfy the essential elements of a claim. It also requires Plaintiffs to face off against powerful corporations and insurance companies that want nothing more than to pay less.
It is an unfortunate reality that personal injury cases are viewed as risks to a businesses’ bottom line, not as claims that seek accountability and money for damages that negligent parties caused. As such, Defendants and insurance companies will work aggressively to deny and dispute their liability, and to minimize the suffering of victims’ and how much they have to pay.
Overcoming these challenges is difficult, but they can be successfully managed by experienced attorneys with the necessary resources and professional connections (i.e. investigators, experts, and medical specialists). At Edwards Kirby, our attorneys have cultivated these connections over many decades, and have the experience and talent to help real people fight back against the largest of corporations.
Although every case is different, our team pursues the maximum compensation for our clients. Because we represent the seriously injured and families who’ve lost loved ones, we know full compensation is vital to their futures, as it can help pay for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Long-term rehabilitation or living assistance
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Lost income and lost future wages
- Burial and funeral expenses
Proven Results in Premises Liability Actions
Edwards Kirby has secured hundreds of millions in compensation for our clients, including many who were injured due to dangerous conditions on another’s property.
Some of our premises liability results include:
- $7.9M recovery over the death of two victims who were killed when a disgruntled worker returned to the jobsite. This result set a record for the largest verdict for a workplace violence case in the nation.
- $6M wrongful death settlement for the family of a teen lifeguard who died after entering a pool that became electrified because of improper electrical wiring.
- $6M recovery for a child who became paralyzed after suffering an injury at a recreation center.
- Multi-million-dollar verdict for a worker who suffered severe burn injuries during the filming of a motion picture.
- Multi-million-dollar recoveries in two separate cases of high rise construction workers who fell through unsecured holes.
Our Raleigh premises liability lawyers are available to speak with victims and families who want to learn more about their rights and how we can help. Contact us for a FREE consultation.
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