Injured on Someone Else’s Property? Know Your Rights

Accidents can happen at any time, causing injuries and financial losses. However, when they are caused by someone’s negligence or malicious intent, you can seek compensation for your damages. Your economic losses may include medical expenses, lost wages, and any other expenses you may have incurred. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, permanent disabilities, and mental anguish. In cases of gross negligence or malicious intent, punitive damages may be awarded in a court of law. 

Wrongful Death

In the event of death, a spouse or close loved one can file a wrongful death claim. If a wrongful death suit is successful, the survivors may be awarded compensation for the decedent’s medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of income and future income, physical pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and more. While the monetary value of a loved one cannot be measured, compensation can be sought to alleviate financial burdens and provide for dependents. 

Helping You to Rebuild Your Life

The personal injury attorneys at Woodard & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law, have successfully represented clients for all types of catastrophic injuries and wrongful death claims. With decades of experience, we know what it takes to get results, and no case is too big or too small. 

Property owners are legally obligated to pay for an injured person’s damages if they fail to keep their properties safe. Let us be your voice in negotiations with insurance companies or the courtroom while you focus on your recovery. 

What is Premises Liability?

Under the umbrella term of personal injuries, a premises liability case occurs on someone else’s property. It is a dangerous condition caused by a property owner’s negligence or someone controlling the property, resulting in injuries or wrongful death. While premises liability claims can occur due to accidents and injuries in residential or commercial properties, they are more common in commercial properties. 

Common Types of Premises Liability Claims are from:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Negligent security claims
  • Amusement and theme park accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Inadequate maintenance or repairs
  • Defective stairways
  • Construction accidents
  • Toxic exposure
  • Falling objects

Preserving Evidence

When an accident with injuries occurs, preserving evidence is key to a successful personal injury claim. If possible, take photographs of the area, such as a wet or slippery floor, broken staircase, or other dangerous conditions. Document witness names, as they can offer valuable testimony when negotiating with insurance companies or in the courtroom. Promptly seek medical attention so that the injuries are documented as having a direct correlation to the accident. Failure to seek medical attention immediately can cast doubt about when and where the injuries were incurred. It is important to document everything throughout your treatment, such as your pain level, medications, doctor’s appointments, and treatment plan. Additionally, you may have had to renovate your home to accommodate your injuries or hire help for household chores and parenting assistance.

Do Not Settle a Claim without Legal Representation

Many personal injury claims are settled before reaching the courtroom. When filing a claim, it is generally insurance companies you are dealing with, and they know just how to convince you to accept an offer that is less than what you deserve. They often try to blame the victim for the accident, coercing you to accept little or no compensation. It is common for property owners or managers to repair dangerous conditions on the property as soon as there is an accident, making it difficult to find the evidence that caused your claim. If you are the victim of a personal injury on someone else’s property, it is crucial to seek legal representation immediately to ensure you receive fair compensation and fight against any wrongful accusations of fault. 

Results-Focused Volusia County, Florida Law Firm

At Woodard & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law, we thoroughly investigate every claim and identify the responsible party or parties. We are a family-run law firm in Ormond Beach, Florida, and we approach each case as our own. Attorney David L. Ferguson and Attorney Katherine F. Woodard stand by our clients as fierce protectors and strongly advocate for justice. Contact Woodard & Ferguson at (386) 677-0822 to speak with our legal team for personalized and attentive legal services. We will guide you through the challenging legal process ahead.

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