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“We would like to express our gratitude to you (Hunt Willis) for accepting our case. First of all, when I called this law firm, a very sweet and kind lady answered the telephone and gave me assurance by asking and going over the accident with me, while my husband was in the hospital. I felt assured I was doing the right thing for us. She was so helpful in so many ways. What a professional lady. Secondly, we are much pleased that you have settled this case with the insurance company to receive the proper amount to assist us in so many ways. My husband and I are very happy with you and the firm in handling our case. You made us have confidence in your professional and integrity along with your assistant Ms. Routh, when you both came to see us in our home, in which we saw your compassion and thoughtfulness at that time. We will never forget what you have done for us, and we thank the lord for directing me to contact this firm. I’m glad I did.” 

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Experienced North Carolina Premises Liability Attorneys

Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their property is safe for visitors and guests. Unfortunately, property owners do not always live up to this obligation and people can get seriously injured. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you may have a claim for compensation for your injuries and other losses. A North Carolina premises liability attorney can evaluate your claim and help you understand your options. 

The Basics of Premises Liability Claims in North Carolina

Premises liability claims are based on negligence. After an accident your North Carolina premises liability lawyer must prove that the property owner was negligent and that negligence caused your accident and resulting injuries. The following are the basic principles of a premises liability claim: 

  1. The property owner owed you a duty of care. In most premises liability cases, this is fairly straightforward. There are situations where the property owner may be able to argue they did not owe you a duty, such as if you were trespassing or somewhere on the property that was off-limits or closed.
  2. The property owner breached their duty of care. This is the critical issue in most premises liability cases. There are multiple ways that a property owner may have breached their duty. They may have failed to adequately maintain the property or failed to warn visitors and guests of a hazardous condition. They may have failed to comply with building codes or fire regulations or provided inadequate security. 
  3. The property owner’s breach caused your injury. Obviously, you wouldn’t be considering a claim against the property owner if you didn’t believe they were responsible for your injury. However, property owners will commonly argue that you weren’t actually injured or injured as severely as you claim. They may also argue that you are claiming a prior injury or that your injury was caused by your own negligent behavior. 

It is also important to note that just because you were injured on someone’s property, doesn’t mean the owner was negligent. In order to prove these elements, you will need to carefully document your claim. Non-lawyers are often surprised at the evidence that is required, and it can be difficult to collect this documentation when you’re trying to focus on your recovery. A North Carolina personal injury attorney can help you gather the documentation you need to make a successful claim. 

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Common Types of Premises Liability Claims

Premises liability cases extend far beyond your typical slip and fall case. The following types of cases fall under the same umbrella: 

  • Burns, smoke-inhalation, and other fire-related injuries
  • Assaults at entertainment and recreation facilities due to inadequate security
  • Elevator and escalator injuries
  • Drownings and swimming pool accidents
  • Electrical shocks and electrocutions
  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Animal attacks and dog bites
  • Water leaks and flooding

If you suffer a serious injury of any kind on someone else’s property, you may be able to seek compensation via a premises liability claim. 

Call the North Carolina Premises Liability Attorneys at Martin & Jones Today

Martin & Jones has been helping injured North Carolinians since 1982. We understand the challenges you are facing and care deeply about your future. As a result, we provide dedicated legal representation from the very first meeting until you get the compensation you need to rebuild your life after an accident and injury. If you’d like to discuss your case with one of our North Carolina premises liability attorneys, call us at 1-800-662-1234 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help. 

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