Premises Liability Myths That Can Be Ignored
Premises liability is an area within personal injury law that applies when you get hurt on someone else’s property. Premises liability cases tend to be especially challenging because of complex questions of liability that arise between property owners and visitors. These questions have given rise to myths about these types of claims.
At Recovery Law Center, we give clients the facts. Here are some of the major premises liability myths and the reasons you can safely disregard them.
Myth: Only property owners and landlords can be liable.
Property owners and landlords are common plaintiffs in premises liability cases. However, these individuals are not the only parties who could be at fault for an accident on someone else’s property.
Any individual who manages or controls a property may be liable for injuries that occur on the premises. For instance, a shop manager could be responsible for a slip and fall that occurs due to an unattended spill, even though they do not own the property. Similarly, any party whose negligence contributes to a premises liability injury may be liable.
Myth: Victims can only seek compensation for physical injuries.
Compensation for physical injuries makes up the bulk of many premises liability claims. Victims can recover money for hospital bills and other medical expenses due to bodily injuries. However, many victims are also entitled to compensation for non-physical injuries and injury-related personal and financial losses.
For instance, if a victim develops depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident, they could be entitled to compensation for the psychological treatment they need. Some victims can also file claims for the pain and suffering they endured due to the incident.
Myth: Premises liability only involves commercial entities.
Premises liability claims do not only arise from accidents in grocery stores, restaurants, department stores, and other commercial properties. Many premises liability injuries occur at non-commercial properties, such as residential homes and apartments.
Victims who suffer injuries at the homes of relatives, friends, and neighbors hesitate to file injury claims, hoping to avoid burdening their loved ones. However, it is important to remember that accidents that occur in private residences are often covered by homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies, so there is no need for concern.
Myth: Victims cannot seek compensation if the property owner posts warning signs.
Just because a property owner posts a written sign or provides some other type of warning does not mean they are automatically immune from responsibility. Property owners can avoid a certain degree of liability by providing adequate warnings, but they may be held responsible if their notices are inadequate or not easily visible to visitors.
Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer in Hawaii Today
If you were injured on someone else’s property, reach out to Recovery Law Center today. Our team has proudly helped thousands of injured people obtain justice throughout Oahu. Contact us now for a free consultation with an experienced premises liability lawyer in Hawaii.