Slip & Fall

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability accidents (often called property accidents) can happen anywhere, including restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels, amusement parks, malls and at someone's private residence. While slip-and-falls are the most common type of property accidents, they are not the only kind: There are also trip-and-falls, falling merchandise, building collapses and a range of additional premises liability claims.

The Challenges Of A Premises Liability Case

If you were injured in a slip-and-fall or any other type of property accident, you may be entitled to compensation. However, there can be many challenges associated with a premises liability case. For example, we must prove that the property owner was aware of the hazard and did nothing to fix it in a timely manner. Or, we must prove that the property owner should have known about the hazard. Additionally, there must be consideration given to where the accident occurred. The law states that a premises must be as safe as the nature of the premises reasonably permits. This means that a day care facility should logically be a safer environment than a nightclub. Lastly, there is a burden placed on the accident victim to prove that a reasonable person would not have seen the hazard and therefore could not have avoided it.

After your accident, if possible, it is important to make the property owner (or a store employee) aware of the accident. Ask him or her to create an incident report in order to document what has happened. If this is not possible, or did not happen, witness statements can also be a valuable asset to your case.

Do You Have A Valid Claim? Contact Us To Find Out.

At the Wisconsin law firm of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C., our lawyers have extensive experience in personal injury claims. In fact, our attorneys have been practicing law for more than 150 combined years. We have handled many premises liability cases and understand the challenges, the requirements and the best strategies to obtain success.

We encourage you to contact our law firm in Appleton or Green Bay to discuss your specific case free of charge. Our Appleton slip-and-fall accident lawyers can help you understand your legal options going forward.

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