Omaha Premises Liability Attorney
Property owners take on a whole new responsibility once they purchase a tract of land or lease a set retail space. As a property owner, you have a specific duty of care to protect all guests on your property, including those of various invitations. If you have been injured on the premises of another person, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Premises liability refers to the duty of a property owner to provide a safe environment for any guests on their property. The duties of a property owner require that the property be kept free from any hazards or other dangers that could harm a guest on the property. If a hazard does exist, the property owner has a duty to warn any guests.
Premises liability lists out different tiers of guests, including an invitee, licensee, and trespasser. An invitee (or customer) is afforded the greatest protection under premises liability law. The property owner has a duty to prevent an invitee from injuring themselves on the property as well as warning against any impending injuries. This may include items such as a spill on the floor, an unsteady step, or trip hazards.
A licensee, or social guest, represents someone who is not an invitee, but still holds more rights than a trespasser. A social guest may be prohibited from certain sections of the property and will be treated as a trespasser if they overstep any boundaries.
A trespasser is afforded the least protection under standard premises liability laws, although a property owner still cannot create a hazard that will harm a trespasser. For example, if a property owner is aware that a trespasser crosses their property every day, they will be held liable for any injuries which occur if they dig a hole directly on the trespasser’s path and cover it with leaves to hide the hole.
A surprising number of injuries can occur on a piece of property, each of which will result in liability to a property owner. The following types of injuries can occur due to property hazards:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
Many of these injuries may result in ongoing medical care, as well as the diminished ability to work in the future. If you have been the victim of a premises liability accident, you may be entitled to recover the following in your personal injury claim:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to fully put together your claim and calculate the amount of damages your injury may be worth, both in the present and considering future circumstances.
The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska
If you or a loved one have been injured on the property of another, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of the Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting our clients with claims stemming from injuries sustained on a piece of property. As a guest on someone’s property, you should be kept safe from harm – any deviation from this should result in liability against the property owner. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.