Premises Liability Law in Maine
Serving the Bangor, Biddeford, Augusta, Portland and Saco Regions
Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed due to unsafe conditions at work, a store or anywhere away from home. In Maine, when a person enters property owned by another party, they have the right to expect to be reasonably safe. When the land owner or party responsible for maintaining the premises neglects this duty, they can be held liable for injuries that occur. This is known as premises liability law. If you or a loved one has experienced injury because a property owner or business failed to keep you safe, contact a Maine injury lawyer to find out more about your rights.
Premise liability law pertains to any property, internal or external, where visitors could potentially be injured and therefore requires upkeep. This includes the following:
- Residential homes
- Parking lot
- Retail establishments
- Hotels and apartment buildings
- Sidewalks and entrance areas
- Construction sites
Liability laws can even include guests who were not invited on your property. For example, even somebody walking to your front door to solicit goods is still entitled be kept reasonably safe. Premises liability injuries are very common, even those that take place in another person's home. For example, dog bite claims make up about one third of all homeowner insurance claims in the United States. The Insurance Information Institute states that, in 2012, 16,500 claims against homeowners insurance were made due to dog bites and an estimated $489 million was paid out that year to victims. To find out if your injuries may be eligible for compensation, call the injury lawyers at The Law Offices of William T. Bly today.
Types of Premises Liability
Accidents Any type of injury that is caused by negligence can be the subject of an injury claim. In order for an injury to be considered a premises liability case, the following must be true:
The victim was seriously injured or killed on the premises
The victim was not the owner of the property or the party responsible for the care and maintenance of the property
The injury or the event that led to death was directly related to a hazardous condition or danger that was on the property
The victim could not have reasonably been expected to be aware of the hazard or danger on the property
If these conditions are met, the victim or their family may be entitled to seek compensation for their injury related expenses. Anything that is a danger that leads to injury can be considered a hazard in a premises liability claim. This includes the following:
- Ice or slippery conditions in walkways or parking lots
- Dangerous animals such dogs that can bite or attack
- Unmarked holes, uneven terrain or cracks in walkways
- Exposed wiring that can lead to electrical shock
- Falling objects
- Poorly lit areas or stairwells
- Building or safety code violations
- Tripling or slipping hazards such as loose carpeting or standing water
The average person would recognize these type of things as hazards, however, they should not be expected to be on the lookout for such dangers when out shopping, working, etc. Therefore, property owners and management should take reasonable steps to make sure these hazards do not exist. This includes taking precautions such as periodically checking for hazards, placing signs when work is being performed or cleaning is in progress, and fixing hazards as soon as they're spotted or reported.
Maine Liability Lawyers
When land owners and management fail to take reasonable steps to keep their property safe and injury results, the victim has the right to seek compensation regardless of the type of injury they experienced. Some of the most common premises liability injuries include the following:
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Broken bones such as hips, arms and noses
- Facial or dental injuries
- Animal bites
Victims can seek compensation for their medical expenses, wages lost from their inability to work and more. In cases where a victim dies from the injuries they suffered, the family can seek compensation for funeral expenses, and wrongful death. After an accident, the insurance company cannot always be trusted to make a fair offer. That is why it is important for victims to speak to a Maine injury attorney before agreeing to anything with the insurance company. An experienced injury lawyer can help them get all the compensation they deserve.
At WTB Law, we are dedicated to getting results our clients. We will walk you through the process step-by-step and handle all of the paperwork, including obtaining your medical records and dealing with the insurance companies. Call our office now for a free consultation.