If you suffered injuries on someone else’s property, you may be able to hold the property owner responsible for your damages through a premises liability claim. Property owners have a duty to keep guests and visitors as safe as reasonably possible. Premises liability claims stem from a number of different situations, including:
A premises liability attorney at The Powell Law Firm, PLLC can help you recover compensation for your injuries and other damages caused by a negligent property owner. Call our Louisville office today at 502-242-7000 to schedule a free evaluation and to learn more about your legal options.
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Many people assume they must file a lawsuit and go to court to recover compensation after an injury. This is false; most premises liability cases never require legal action. Instead, we file an insurance claim against the property owner’s insurance company to recover compensation.
After providing the homeowner’s or business insurance provider with the evidence that proves negligence and liability in your case, we can typically negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer. In some cases, the insurer might deny your claim or refuse to offer you a just settlement. If this is the case, we can take it to court.
Essentially a premises liability case proceeds like this:
To recover compensation from an at-fault property owner through a personal injury claim, we need to prove negligence. Kentucky premises liability law requires you to provide evidence to prove:
If you are a customer at a business, you are an invitee. If you are visiting your friend at her house, you are a licensee. In either case, the property owner owes you a duty of care to keep the premises safe and warn you of any dangers.
This is why you see so many signs saying, “watch your step” in public places. Without these warnings, the property owner could be responsible for any falls that occur when someone fails to see a step and trips. These signs do not absolve business owners of all liability in every fall, but they do drastically reduce the number of viable claims.
The duty of care the property owner owed you depends on your status. Property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees. Property owners have no duty of care to trespassers.
While you can certainly file an injury claim alone, we cannot stress enough the importance of discussing your case with a qualified Louisville premises liability attorney before giving the insurance company a statement or signing anything.
Insurance companies have a number of tricks they use to reduce settlement amounts, and we can often uncover evidence to prove you deserve far more compensation than they are offering. It is not unusual to find that a property owner concealed his knowledge of a dangerous situation and then tried to blame your injuries on your own actions. We also often discover additional damages you failed to consider when calculating the value of your claim on your own.
Do not take the insurance company’s word for it about how much compensation you can recover. We can help you hold the property owner liable for the full amount of your financial losses as well as pain and suffering. Among our resources are highly skilled experts who investigate, reconstruct, and analyze premises liability cases. We can build a strong case for you, but you must act quickly. Under Kentucky law, you only have one year from the date of your injuries to file a claim for compensation.
The Powell Law Firm, PLLC can handle premises liability claims stemming from a variety of incidents. Let us take care of your claim for you, while you focus on your health and recovery.
Call our Louisville office at 502-242-7000 to schedule a time to discuss your case with a Louisville injury lawyer.
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