Durham Accident Lawyer – Injured on Someone Else’s Property
I’ve Been Injured on Someone Else’s Property- Do I Have Grounds for a Lawsuit in North Carolina?- Durham Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured on the property owned by someone else, you should know the basic concepts of North Carolina premises liability law.
Premises liability law is handled by personal injury lawyers. Property owners have a duty to keep their property safe. If part of a person’s property is unsafe, they have a duty to warn of the potential hazards involved. If property owner’s fail to keep their property safe and do not warn others about hazardous conditions, they may be liable for injuries caused while on their property.
Falls are leading cause of injuries. The Center for Disease Control published in a recent study that unintentional falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the United States.
In North Carolina there are several things that an injured individual must prove in order to be successfully in recovery for their slip-and-fall on another’s property. When filing a premises liability claim in North Carolina you must prove that:
• The person that caused your injury owed you a duty.
• The person failed to carry out their duty.
• You suffered an injury because of other person’s failure.
• You suffered damages as a result of your injury.
According to North Carolina law, the person who injured you is responsible for past, current, and future estimated medical expenses. They may also be responsible for lost wages, emotional distress, and other injury-related expenses.
Just like all other personal injury cases in North Carolina, there is the issue of contributory negligence. Contributory negligence means that if you are responsible, even in the slightest, for your injuries, you may not be able to recover, or your damages will be significantly reduced.
Also, North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. That means that if you don’t file your lawsuit within three years from the date of your injury. If you do not file your lawsuit within three years from the date of your accident, you have lost the ability to bring your claim to court.
If you have had an accident on another person’s property, it may be appropriate to file a premises liability lawsuit. Contact a Durham Personal Injury Lawyer today to determine whether the other party bears the responsibility for your injuries. Call Pierce Law Offices at (919) 313-2729 for a free consultation and discuss whether you may be able to get fair compensation for your injuries.