While you do not need a lawyer for a premises liability case, working with one can offer a variety of benefits and services. They can take many measures on your behalf to hold a negligent party responsible for your damages. For example, they can collect evidence to show that because another party failed to keep their property safe, you suffered both economic and noneconomic losses. Additionally, they can advise you on your legal options as your case develops, and settlement offers arise.
While you can represent yourself “pro se” in any legal setting, it may be difficult to prove that a property owner acted negligently without a lawyer. For that reason, you may want to consider getting legal assistance.
Ways a Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help Your Case
Your lawyer will have many goals during the course of your case, some of which will directly affect your chances of recovering compensation.
When you work with a lawyer, they can:
Negotiate with the Insurance Company
While you are recovering from your injuries, your lawyer can manage all communications with the involved insurance companies. Unfortunately, some insurers do not have claimants’ best interests in mind and may offer settlements that leave you with out-of-pocket expenses. A lawyer familiar with the negotiation process can advise you on your legal options and fight for a settlement that represents your losses.
Gather Important Evidence
In your accident on another entity’s property, having sufficient evidence is crucial to your case’s success. Your lawyer can:
- Review the footage of any surveillance cameras on the premises
- Work with a third-party consultant, such as a medical professional, to gain further insight into your accident
- Interview witnesses to the accident
- Use any pictures or videos you took to establish liability
You do not need a lawyer for a premises liability case. However, having one can take care of many things for you while you recover from your injuries.
For your lawyer to establish that another party acted negligently, putting you in danger, and being responsible for your accident, the four elements of negligence must be present in your case. Your lawyer must show:
- Duty of care. The liable party had a duty of care, which was to protect guests from harm by keeping their property safe at all times.
- Breach of duty of care. The liable party violated their duty of care by failing to remedy hazards, creating a potential danger to others.
- Causation. Because the liable party was not mindful of potential hazards, you were injured.
- Damages. You suffered damages as a result of the liable party’s negligence.
Recoverable Damages in a Premises Liability Case
A lawyer may be able to help you recover the following economic and non-economic damages:
- Pain and suffering, which is compensation for your emotional and physical distress following an accident, per the Legal Information Institute (LII)
- Medical bills, including emergency transportation and surgical procedures
- Childcare costs, if your injuries prevented you from caring for your children
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You may be able to recover the cost of damages that we have not included here. Every case is different and features different types of losses.
Seek Legal Assistance with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers
A premises liability lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can handle every aspect of your case. If you are severely injured, you only have to focus on getting better while your lawyer fights for you. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you owe us nothing upfront.*
If we win your case, we take payment from your recovered settlement. We want to get started on your claim today. We believe that you should not have to worry about paying for expenses stemming from an accident you did not cause. Call our firm today for a free, no-obligation case review.