Premise liability cases occur if your injury was caused by defective or unsafe conditions on someone’s property. If you suffered an injury at someone’s home, a commercial property, apartment building, or similar location because of negligence, you might have the right to file a premises liability claim. However, you must prove negligence was present for this to be possible.
In this type of situation, hiring our experienced premises liability attorneys can help you with your case and ensure you recover a fair amount of compensation.
Corpus Christi Premises Liability Cases
As mentioned above, a premises liability situation occurs if a property owner does not maintain their property and an injury occurs.
Most premises liability claims will settle rather than go to court. However, the amount you receive as a settlement depends on several factors.
While this is true, you can take a few steps to help strengthen your case and improve your position. Keep reading to learn what those things are.
Provide Proof of a “Casual Link”
Your healthcare provider must establish a link between a specific premises’ defect and the injuries you experience (in most situations). While this is necessary, most doctors aren’t willing to take time out of their already busy schedules to provide a deposition for the case.
Because of this, it’s up to you to take control. During one of your scheduled visits, ask your doctor to provide proof of the link between the property owner’s negligence and the injuries you have. Be sure to let your doctor know about your claim and ask them if they can provide a letter that describes your injuries and how the premises’ defect caused them.
Make sure you keep a copy of all your medical records related to the injury and case.
Provide Proof of a “Notice” of Dangerous Conditions
While providing proof of a hazardous or unsafe property condition isn’t extremely challenging, what can be difficult is confirming that the property owner knew about it.
If you want your claim to succeed, you need to prove the property owner knew about the dangerous situation or had constructive notice of it. This means it was there long enough that the owner should have noticed it. Some of the most effective ways to prove that the property owner knows about a dangerous condition include:
- Video surveillance
- Sworn testimony from a person who knew about the defect and how long it existed
- Incident reports
In addition to this, providing evidence from the accident scene can also help to prove a dangerous condition existed. An example would be photographs of the scene. These will help prove that negligence was present and that the injury could have been avoided.
Document All Injuries
Documentation is essential to help strengthen and prove a premises liability case. While medical records can show how serious your injuries were, keeping a personal journal that records your personal experiences related to your injuries can benefit your claim.
Document All Accident Related Costs
Make sure you record all costs related to the injuries you suffered from the accident. If costs aren’t documented, they may not be eligible to receive compensation. It’s important to document things like:
- Emotional distress
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Domestic help
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Vehicle and home modifications
- Needed replacement services (within reason)
Having documentation of all the things in the list above will help ensure your attorney knows the true cost of your injury and help ensure you get the deserved amount of compensation.
Hire a Corpus Christi Premises Liability Attorney for Your Case
If you are injured on someone else’s property, you have rights. Unfortunately, if you try to handle the situation alone, your claim may be unsuccessful. At the Burkett Law Firm, we are ready to help you with your case and fight for your rights to help ensure you get the compensation deserved for the injuries and damages you suffered. Contact us today to learn more about our legal services and to speak to our team about your case.