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Injured on Someone Else's Property in DC?

When you enter a business or another person’s property, the last thing you should have to worry about is being injured. However, accidents can, and do, happen when properties are poorly maintained. If a property owner knows about a hazardous condition and does nothing to correct the issue, they can be held liable for an accident.

If you have been injured on another person’s property, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your medical care, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and more. Contact the Washington DC premises liability attorneys at Simeone & Miller, LLP to learn more about your rights. We have already recovered millions of dollars in compensation.

Were you hurt on someone else’s property in Washington DC? Request your free initial consultation with Simeone & Miller, LLP by calling us at (202) 888-0872.

Common Types of Premises Liability Claims

Property owners owe a duty of care to the people who visit their property. This means that if they know about a certain condition, such as an oily spill on the floor, they have a duty to remedy the situation as soon as possible. Failing to do so can constitute negligence, making them responsible for damages in a premises liability case.

The most common types of premises liability claims include:

  • Slip and fall accidents: If liquid, ice, or other debris is left on the floor, visitors could slip and fall. Loose wires, peeling flooring, broken tile, or other floor hazards could also cause someone to slip or trip.

  • Stair accidents: Stairways can be dangerous, especially if the stairs are broken, uneven, or unstable, or if the handrail is damaged, poorly secured to the wall, missing, or otherwise hazardous.

  • Escalator and elevator incidents: Elevators and escalators can quickly become dangerous if they are poorly maintained, badly designed, installed incorrectly, or malfunctioning while in use.
  • Swimming pool incidents: In order to prevent an accidental drowning, property owners must enclose swimming pools behind a barrier big enough to deter wandering children. Public pools should also employ lifeguards and equip the pool area with safety features to prevent serious injuries.

  • Dog bites: Even the friendliest dogs can have behavioral issues, which is why owners must be vigilant about watching their dogs and preventing them from attacking or biting other people.

  • Amusement park accidents: If rides or attractions are poorly designed or maintained, or if walkways are damaged or broken, visitors could be seriously injured at amusement parks.

  • Fires: When a landlord, property owner, or property manager fails to follow safety rules and procedures, a preventable fire could destroy personal property and injure people within the building.

  • Toxic chemicals: If a building is constructed using dangerous materials, or toxic chemicals (like paints or bleaches) are left unattended, tenants or property visitors could be seriously harmed.

  • Floods or water leaks: Property owners must make sure any buildings they own are adequately cared for, otherwise tenants may deal with flood-related injuries or suffer costly property damage.

  • Inadequate security: When a building or property lacks adequate security, like a parking garage, store, or apartment complex, visitors may be assaulted or fall victim to other criminal activities. 

Just because you were injured on someone else’s property does not mean that the owner was negligent. When you choose to work with a Washington DC premises liability lawyer at Simeone & Miller, LLP, we can investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine whether or not you are eligible for financial compensation.

Establishing Negligence in a Premises Liability Case

All property owners have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for their visitors—whether they own a shopping mall, apartment complex, restaurant, or private residence. However, this responsibility has limitations.

Accident victims must be able to prove that:

  • The property owner owed them a duty of care
  • The property owner failed to uphold their duty of care
  • They were injured by a hazard on that person's property
  • Their injury was caused by the owner’s negligence

Essentially, you will need to prove that the accident was preventable. In order to do so, you must be able to show that either the property owner or an employee knew about, or should have known about, the dangerous conditions that led to your accident—as well as that they subsequently failed to remedy the hazard in a timely manner.

Let Simeone & Miller Fight for Your Rights

Premises liability cases are often multifaceted, especially when the property owner refuses responsibility. However, if you were wrongfully injured, you have every right to stand up for justice and fight for fair compensation.

Simeone & Miller, LLP has years of experience fighting to maximize compensation for our clients. With more than 1,000 happy clients, our premises liability attorneys in DC know what it takes to secure results. We are familiar with the complexities of state law and can see you through every step of your case. Call us now to get started.

We encourage you to talk to a member of our team about your accident. You can reach us 24/7, so call now at (202) 888-0872 or fill out our online form.

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