Here in Charlotte, people often suffer injuries when they slip and fall on wet floors or unsafe stairs or when they trip and fall on uneven or cracked surfaces. These injuries can occur in restaurants, schools, parking lots, parks, stores, or even on public sidewalks.
While everyone should be careful and avoid obvious dangers, sometimes there is nothing we can do to protect ourselves against these hazards. Property owners and tenants in possession of a property have an obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition since they are the ones most likely to notice hazardous conditions. When they do find these dangers, they have a legal responsibility to correct them or at least provide sufficient warnings to their patrons and visitors.
When property owners don’t fix these hazards, they can pose a very real threat: Slips and falls account for about one million U.S. emergency room visits every year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute, and falls in general account for about eight million E.R. visits.
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury while on somebody else’s property, the owner of the property may be required to compensate you for your injuries and losses. This holds true for injuries on both public and private property, and the area of law that deals with these types of cases is called premises liability.
Why You Need an Attorney
If you were injured by a hazard on someone else’s property, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, your pain and suffering, any wages you have lost as a result of the injury, and more. However, North Carolina’s unfair statutes for injury victims may bar you from receiving any compensation if the property owner or tenant can prove that you were at fault for your own injury in some way.
Unlike most other states in which the injured person’s negligence would be weighed against the negligence of the property owner, North Carolina continues to follow the harsh doctrine of contributory negligence, which prevents an injured person from recovering compensation if they were even 1 percent at fault for their injuries.
In any premises liability case, the defendant and their insurance company will try to use this rule to their advantage by showing that the injured person acted negligently in some way that contributed to their injury. Fortunately, an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney can work to counter these efforts.
If you hire the attorneys at Myers Law Firm to handle your slip-and-fall claim, we will:
- Investigate your situation thoroughly
- Collect all of the relevant evidence about the conditions that led to the injury, the owner’s failure to remedy those conditions, and the extent of your injuries and related damages
- Negotiate and argue in court aggressively on your behalf
Contact Myers Law Firm if You’ve Been Injured
If you’ve been injured in an accident on someone else’s property due to dangerous conditions, Myers Law Firm can help. We offer free initial consultations for all personal injury cases. At Myers Law Firm, we assist each client with our extensive knowledge of North Carolina law and the local legal community, and we strive to provide the highest degree of support and dedication at each stage of their case.
Keep in mind that North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, so waiting to contact us could negate your right to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
To schedule your free consultation, please call our Charlotte office toll-free at 1-888-376-ATTY (2889) or fill out and submit our online contact form. We will follow up and get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Quick facts. (n.d.) National Floor Safety Institute. Retrieved from https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/