Little Rock and Arkansas property owners are responsible for ensuring that their premises are reasonably safe. When property owners fail to keep their premises safe or fail to warn others of dangerous conditions, injury victims can hold property owners responsible with an insurance claim or premises liability lawsuit. Slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and stairway accidents are common types of premises cases.
Discuss Your Premises Liability Case With an Experienced Little Rock Attorney
If you were injured on another person’s property, you may have a right to compensation from the property owner. Proving liability in premises liability lawsuits can be difficult. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can pursue damages for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Contact attorney Tim Reed today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
Premises liability accidents can happen in many different circumstances, from a slip and fall at a store to a swimming pool accident at a friend’s home. Attorney Tim Reed has a proven track record of successfully representing clients who’ve been seriously injured due to a property owner’s negligence. At the Reed Firm, we represent clients in all of the following types of premises liability cases:
- Slip and fall and trip and fall cases
- Accidents involving stairwells
- Slip and fall accidents on wet, icy, or otherwise slippery surfaces
- Negligent security cases
- Slippery or unsafe ramps for disabled visitors
- Dog bites
- Injuries caused by broken or poorly-maintained playground equipment
- Burn injuries caused by spills or chemical hazards
- Construction accidents
- Injuries caused in parking lots
- Poorly maintained, uneven, or obstructed walkways, sidewalks, stairwells, or handrails
- Elevator injuries
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are some of the most common and dangerous types of premises liability accidents. Victims sometimes slip on a spill of liquid they don’t see. In other cases, they trip on a piece of debris, loose carpeting, or uneven flooring. Injuries from slip and fall or trip and fall accidents vary, but they can be severe because the victim usually falls to the ground forcefully. Elderly individuals are more likely to be seriously injured in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. Broken hips and head injuries are common and can cause long-term symptoms.
Negligent Security Lawsuits
Business owners that fail to provide adequate security can be responsible for a victim’s injuries due to an assault or attack. Examples of crimes resulting from negligent security can include shootings, assaults, robberies, battery, murder, and sexual assaults.
To recover compensation in a negligent security lawsuit, you’ll need to prove that the business owner was aware of prior similar incidents and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent those types of incidents. Examples of negligent security that can cause injuries include the following:
- Lack of security guards
- No security cameras
- Malfunctioning security cameras
- Unqualified or untrained security guards
- Lack of security guards
- Doors that can’t be locked
- Missing or inadequate lighting
- Broken gates or fences
- No alarm system or malfunctioning alarms
Injuries In Little Rock Premises Liability Lawsuits
Some of the most common types of injuries caused in a premises liability accident include the following:
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can cause a wide range of symptoms
- Neck and spinal cord injuries that can result in partial or complete paralysis
- Broken bones that can range from simple to complex fractures
- Facial injuries, including cuts, scrapes, facial fractures, or damage to the mouth and teeth
- Internal organ damage
Proving Liability in a Little Rock Premises Liability Case
The proof required to succeed in a premises liability case varies, depending on where you’re hurt. For example, business owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for the benefit of their customers. Victims who are hurt at a business need to establish the following:
- Duty of care: The property owner or manager had a legal duty to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition for the benefit of the victim.
- Breach of the duty of care: The property owner failed to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition.
- Causation and damages: As a result of the property owner’s failure to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition, the victim suffered injuries, medical bills, lost wages, etc.
Premises Liability Cases Can Result in Significant Damages
Victims of premises liability accidents need to prove that the accident on the property caused them damages. The damages available in a premises liability lawsuit include:
- Medical bills, including hospital bills and ambulance fees
- Reasonably certain future medical expenses, including physical therapy, medication, and hospital stays
- Past and future lost wages due to missed work
- Loss of earning capacity due to reduced functioning
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Unfortunately, some cases result in the victim’s death. If your loved one died because of a premises liability accident, you may be able to pursue wrongful death damages, including funeral expenses and lost financial support, as well as mental anguish damages for wrongful death beneficiaries.
Contact a Little Rock and Arkansas Premises Liability Attorney
If you or your loved one has been hurt in a slip and fall accident, or any other type of premises liability accident, attorney Tim Reed is here to help. After carefully investigating your case, he will develop an effective legal strategy to recover the compensation you deserve. Reach out to the Reed Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more about your legal options.