Charlotte, NC Premises Liability Attorneys
Legal advocacy when you’re injured on unsafe property in Mecklenburg County
Property owners have an obligation to ensure that their premises are free of hazards and dangers, so that visitors and guests don’t suffer harm. When they’re careless or negligent and fail to do so, however, people get hurt through no fault of their own.
At Price, Petho & Associates, when you need a premises liability attorney, we’re here to help. Our experienced legal team will investigate every aspect of your case, determine who is responsible, and demonstrate the extent of your injuries in order to secure full compensation for your losses. We’ve been helping injured clients here in Charlotte since 1979, and we can help you, too.
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What does “premises liability” mean?
Premises liability is the responsibility property owners have to visitors and guests to keep their premises safe from hazards or conditions that might cause injuries. Like any personal injury case, a premises liability case is all about negligence. This means that another person or entity failed in their duty to keep their property safe and you, or a loved one, suffered injury.
For example, let’s say you are in a grocery store, suddenly trip and fall, and break your leg. It turns out the reason you tripped was because your shoelace became untied. This would not be a valid premises liability case, as the grocery store played no part in your accident, even though it happened there.
However, if you tripped and fell because a store associate left a crate unattended in the middle of the aisle without warning, you’d likely have a premises liability case due to the associate’s negligence. Strong premises liability claims hinge on the fact that a property owner had reasonable knowledge of the dangerous situation and failed to make remedies or repairs.
What are examples of dangerous property conditions?
At Price Petho & Associates, our qualified and experienced team regularly discovers, through the course of our investigation into these cases, that people are injured due to the following dangerous defects:
- Sloping or uneven floors (sidewalks, interior floors, pavement, etc.)
- Foundational cracks in walkways
- Improperly designed or structurally unsound stairways
- Overall building structural issues
- Swimming pool defects (including a lack of fencing or gates)
- Escalator or elevator defects or failures
- Inadequate lighting in walkway areas
- Faulty store displays or shelving
- Fallen merchandise
- Spills or leaks
- Broken windows
- Poorly maintained parking lots
- Broken locks
- Broken security cameras
- Cluttered walkways
- Loose handrails on stairs
- Overgrown vegetation
- Unrepaired fixtures
When property owners or their employees conduct an inspection of the premises and discover that defective conditions are present, they are responsible for repairing or remediating the defect as soon as possible. If the property owner or employee is unable to take corrective actions quickly, then they should place adequate warning signs around the hazard to let others know that there is a danger present.
If property owners fail to remediate a defective property condition and do not warn others about the defect, they could be held liable for any injuries that occur.
What types of premises liability cases do you handle?
At Price, Petho & Associates, our Charlotte premises liability lawyers regularly help clients who have been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of property owners. These injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways, including the following:
Whatever the circumstances of your injury, our attorneys can launch an investigation to determine who or what was responsible. We also work with your medical team to find out the extent of your injuries and how they will affect you in the near future and for the rest of your life.
What kinds of injuries are caused by unsafe property?
From a slip and fall accident to a fire, unsafe premises can cause severe or catastrophic injuries. The Charlotte attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates help clients who have experienced:
These incidents can lead to serious injuries for patrons. It is not uncommon for our attorneys to help clients who have sustained:
In addition to any traumatic injuries sustained due to the negligence of a property owner, victims may also incur significant emotional or psychological trauma due to the incident and their subsequent injuries.
How does a Charlotte premises liability case work?
The attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates are with you throughout the entire legal process, so you never have to worry about feeling uninformed. A successful premises liability case must show negligence on the part of the defendant. Our legal team works to prove the following four elements:
- That the property owner knew about the safety hazard, or should have known about it through due diligence (like regular inspections and maintenance).
- That the property owner knew about the safety hazard and failed to address it in an appropriate or timely manner.
- That you experienced an injury because of this safety hazard on the property.
- That the property owner’s negligent care of their premises was the direct cause of your injuries. In other words, their failure to inspect or repair caused you to trip and fall, causing severe injuries.
As our client we will guide you through every step of your case, setting expectations and providing you with the knowledge you need to make informed and confident decisions. Your best interests are our only priority.
What is the value of my Charlotte premises liability claim?
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a property owner, you may be eligible for compensation. At Price, Petho & Associates, our qualified team works to help clients recover the following damages:
- Compensation for medical expenses, current and future
- Lost income, if you cannot work
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Potential punitive damages, in cases of gross negligence
The total amount of compensation available in these cases varies, depending on the circumstances related to your particular situation. Factors that can affect compensation include the severity of injuries, whether or not the victim shared liability for the incident, the level of pain and suffering, and other variables.
How long do I have to file a Charlotte premises liability claim?
If you, or a loved one, were injured by the careless or negligent actions of a property owner, you have a limited amount of time to file a legal claim. The North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations is three years in the case of injuries and two years in the case of death. This means if you don’t file your case within the statute of limitations, you will lose the ability to recover the compensation to which you are entitled.
The bottom line? If you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with the attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates as soon as possible to find out your next steps.
Is there a premises liability attorney near me?
Price, Petho & Associates is located at 1430 Elizabeth Ave. in Charlotte, NC. We maintain additional offices in Richmond County and Rutherford County, and serve clients across the state. If you are too injured to come to us, we can make home and hospital visits.
Talk to our Charlotte premises liability attorneys today
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a property owner, you can count on the premises liability attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates. We work to fully investigate your claim, determine liability, and secure compensation for your losses. We are not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or at-fault parties – put our experience to work for you today. Please call 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation. Serving Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina and South Carolina.