Martin County Premises Liability Attorneys
Neither tripping over a threshold nor slipping on a wet floor seems all that dangerous, but if you fall hard or land in a certain way, the resulting injuries could be devastating. The average cost of treating a fall injury at the hospital is more than $30,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those who are unable to work after being discharged from the hospital can expect to incur indirect costs, as well, such as lost wages. There are also non-economic losses that come with unanticipated injures, such as emotional distress, scarring and disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
Fortunately, those who get hurt on someone else's property may be able to recover compensation for all such damages. Property owners have an obligation to maintain the premises to a reasonable standard and keep it free of any potential hazards. If they fail to do so and injuries result, whether from falling merchandise, broken steps, or inadequate security, they may be held liable.
If you were hurt on a poorly maintained property, turn to Donaldson & Weston to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Our Martin County premises liability attorneys are here to help people put their lives back together. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our strategic injury lawyers.Mistakes to Avoid During the Claims Process
To recover compensation for losses resulting from an accident on someone else's property, injured parties must be able to prove both liability and damages. Even if they gather substantial evidence of both, though, they may be unable to secure any kind of settlement if they make a critical mistake along the way. Here are a few of the most common mistakes to avoid when building a premises liability claim:
- Postponing Medical Care: Your health should be a priority following any kind of accident. Regardless of whether you feel fine, it is essential to visit a doctor. Some injuries have latent symptoms but can cause serious complications if left untreated. Seeking immediate medical care will also bolster your claim by starting a paper trail from day one.
- Leaving the Scene Without Documenting It: Take photographs of the scene right after the accident. If you leave without documenting the hazardous condition that contributed to your injury, the liable party can repair or remove them before they are recorded.
- Admitting or Accepting Fault: Even seemingly innocuous statements like, "I should have been more careful," could be interpreted as an admission of fault. Avoid accepting blame at the scene.
- Giving Recorded Statements: The property owner's insurance provider may call you shortly after the incident to ask for a recorded statement. However, you should leave all correspondence to your lawyer because any recorded statements can be used to dispute your claim.
If you want to file a premises liability claim against a negligent property owner, turn to Donaldson & Weston for strategic legal guidance during every stage of the proceedings. Our Martin County injury lawyers take great pride in helping accident victims recover the funds they need to move on with life. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with one of our premises liability lawyers.