Experienced Premises Liability Lawyers: Slip-and-Fall, Negligent Security and More
Injuries that occur on someone else’s property are often serious. A trip-and-fall on someone else’s premises could mean injury to the back or neck, a complex fracture, or an even more catastrophic result, like a brain injury or damage to the spinal cord. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may experience significant challenges with medical expenses, lost wages, and other hardships. You may have questions about how to deal with these financial matters.
At the law office of Coppola & Melonakis, our lawyers can answer your questions and help you pursue the compensation to which you may be entitled.
What Is Premises Liability?
When a property owner allows a dangerous condition to pose a threat to people inhabiting, patronizing, or visiting the property, the owner is potentially liable for injuries caused by the dangerous condition. This is known as premises liability.
Examples of dangerous conditions of which a property owner should be aware, and should accordingly address, include the following:
- Negligent security
- Lack of proper lighting
- Snow and ice buildup caused by poor maintenance and/or poor drainage design
- Frozen drain pipes
- Malfunctioning escalators and elevators
- Unsafely stacked merchandise in discount stores such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Home Depot, where stock and retail items are displayed in customer-frequented areas
- Cracked, crumbling, and uneven sidewalks and stairways
- Poorly secured swimming pools
- Defective or unstable handrails
- Gravel, sand, and other debris accumulation causing unsafe walking surfaces
- Natural gas leaks from improperly installed or maintained gas lines and gas appliances
- Water and other liquids creating slippery walking surfaces
- Dangerous animals, such as aggressive or improperly restrained dogs
If hazardous conditions like these are not taken care of and an accident occurs — whether it be an attack in a parking garage, a dog bite, a swimming pool accident, a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall, an explosion or electrocution or any other property-related accident — the property owner may be held financially responsible for resulting injuries.
Helping People Who Are Injured in Property-Related Accidents
At the law offices of Coppola & Melonakis, our lawyers advise and represent people who have been seriously injured, or who have lost a close family member on other people’s property.
These cases arise from injuries in such diverse locations as:
- Shopping centers
- Office buildings
- Grocery stores
- Parking lots
- Other people’s homes
We often handle on-the-job injuries that have two components: a workers’ compensation claim involving the employer, and a third-party product liability or premises liability claim.
Our many years of proven experience, our small law firm personalized service and representation, and our track record of success are all reasons to consider entrusting your premises liability claim to one of our lawyers.
Contact Our Lawyers About Your Accident
If you were injured or you lost a loved one due to a dangerous condition on the premises of another, we welcome the opportunity to hear your story and advise you. In a premises liability case, you may make a claim against a property owner, building manager, maintenance company, or insurance company.
Call or e-mail our law office to schedule a free initial consultation. We handle most cases on a contingency fee basis. We don’t collect attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you.