Injuries Due to Dangerous Conditions on Property
In Maine, owners of buildings and land have an obligation to keep their property reasonably free of hazardous conditions that might injure people. For example, a property owner has an obligation to keep walkways and parking lots free of ice and snow and, if necessary, apply sand and salt to prevent slip and fall injuries. Likewise, property owners have to be diligent to prevent tripping hazards that are not readily apparent from existing on their land or in their buildings.
At Peter Thompson & Associates, we have successfully settled hundreds of cases involving injuries caused by dangerous conditions on property. Recent cases have included serious injuries caused by a fall down a staircase that had a loose handrail. In other case, the owner of a store neglected to put sand and salt down on walkways, leaving his customers having to cross an expanse of sheer ice to enter and exit his business. Through careful investigation, we were able to establish the owner had received complaints from both customers and his own employees about the ice, but nevertheless did nothing about it. Attorney Thompson was able to obtain favorable settlement in both of those cases.
If you’ve been injured due to a dangerous condition on land or in a building, it is important to take pictures of the condition as soon as possible, particularly if the condition is untreated ice or snow that was not removed. Often those pictures can be the more important evidence is establishing the property owner’s fault for your injuries.
Our firm uses leading experts in the field of property maintenance and building codes to assess whether a client’s fall was the result of neglect by owners of land and buildings. Through the use of expert analysis and through examination of a company’s internal maintenance records, we have an excellent track record of success in cases involving dangerous property conditions.
Our firm uses highly qualified experts to determine the nature and extent of our clients’ injuries. Treating physicians generally are willing to provide some information about our clients’ future restrictions and the future impact of their injuries. However, because treating doctors often do not have the time or inclination to provide a thorough analysis of the future impact of injuries on work activities and other activities of daily living, we use the best experts in the field to provide more comprehensive analysis of these issues in order to prove our cases. We find that, by providing this type of detailed and comprehensive analysis to insurance companies, we are able to settle cases favorably without having to go to court over 98 percent of the time. Insurance companies know Attorney Thompson’s reputation in court and, in the vast majority of cases, chose to settle rather than risking an unfavorable result at trial and having to pay the high the costs associated with trial.
- Injuries Due to Falls on Ice and Snow
- Accidents Due to Defective or Hazardous Conditions on Stairs
- Improperly Maintained, Designed, or Constructed Decks, Terraces or Balconies
- Example of a Case We Handled Involving Dangerous Conditions on a Property
- Accidents Due to Falls From Slippery Surfaces (other than ice and snow)
- Accidents Due to Falls on Parking Ramps
- Slips, Falls, and Trips on Maine Sidewalks
- Bathtub and Shower Slip and Falls
- Determining Negligence of the Property Owner in Slip and Fall Cases
- Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Case: Previous Complaints about Existing Hazards
- Comparative Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases