Whether a landowner is responsible for injuries to another while on their land is a complex area of law. It depends upon many factors. Is it a commercial property like a store, hotel or parking lot? Is it vacant land like a woods, park, etc? Did the accident happen indoors or out? Was the accident on private or public property? Did you pay to use the property? These are just a few issues that may impact your ability to get compensation for your injuries.
This past winter was extremely icy and slippery causing many people to slip, fall and be injured. In those cases, the landowner may be responsible if they did not properly maintain the exterior of their business, school, hospital, apartment building, etc. In some cases, it depends upon what actions, if any, were taken and whether or not the landowner even knew or should have known of the dangerous, icy condition.
Many times people slip, fall and injure themselves inside a store, hotel/motel, or other type of business. In those situations, for the owner to be responsible often times requires there to be some type of notice. Again, if a foreign, slippery material is on the floor and it was on there for a substantial period of time that fact alone may constitute “notice” sufficient to hold the owner responsible for the injuries. In other cases, the circumstances of how the floor became slippery is important in determining responsibility.
Premises liability also covers situations where a person is injured because of the actions of another person. For example, if the business is aware of security issues and do not take adequate precautions to protect their customers and another person causes injury to a customer that business owner may be responsible for those injuries.
Many of the Wisconsin injury law firms only represent people injured in motor vehicle, motorcycle or other type of vehicular accidents. In addition to representing injured victims in those types of accidents we represent people injured while on the premises of others and have for the past 28 years. We take these cases just like we do automobile accident cases, on a contingency fee which means you only pay our fees if and when there is a recovery.
If you, a loved one or a friend have been injured on the premises of another and have any questions about your claim and your rights please contact me for a free, no obligation consultation. At Krueger Hernandez & Thompson SC, we listen, we care, we get results!
Please feel free to contact me in the Madison area at (608) 824-9540, in the Baraboo area at (608) 356-3961 or statewide at (866) 455-2993.