When it comes to premises liability cases, it’s vital to recognize state law and how those who suffer harm can pursue compensation. State law dictates what constitutes premises liability and the different ways a case can arise. One of the most important things you can do is have a lawyer on your side who is ready to help.
Here are some of the things you need to know about Oregon’s premises liability laws.
- There are multiple types of defective property conditions.
- You must show that you suffered severe injuries.
- There are several elements to holding property owners accountable.
- You can recover different types of compensation.
At The Gatti Law Firm, we work to help injury victims through complex cases, including premises liability law. Our goal is to safeguard your rights when you suffer harm on someone else’s property. Below, we’ll detail your rights.
Multiple Types of Defective Property Conditions
If you’re on someone else’s property, you should know that there are specific dangers that you can encounter. It’s vital to understand the different property conditions that can cause some of the most severe injuries, including the following:
- Wet and slippery floors without signs warning patrons
- Lifted or loose rugs and carpets
- Broken handrails or staircases
- Uneven ground, floorboards, and more
- Cracks in concrete
- Poor lighting or security in public places
- Not securing a dangerous dog
If any of the above arise, you can work with a lawyer to compile evidence and prove liability. Recognizing that there’s a danger is one of the first things to do.
Showing Severe Injuries
For any type of personal injury lawsuit, you must show that you suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence. As such, it’s crucial to take photos that can prove your point after the incident. Some of the most common injuries that arise in a premises liability case are back, neck, and head injuries. But that’s not all you may encounter.
You may also encounter:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Muscle strains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Scarring and lacerations
- Open wounds (from dog bites)
They are some of the most common injuries, but they are also significantly damaging.
Elements to Hold Property Owners Accountable
When holding a property owner accountable for your injuries, it’s vital to show specific elements. Showing these elements increases your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Here are some things to consider when proving liability.
- Show that the owner had a duty of care to you as a visitor or licensee on the property. Trespassers would not have the same options as someone who was on the property legally.
- Show that the owner knew of the danger or created the danger in some way. You must also show that the owner did not attempt to fix the problem.
- Show that the danger on the property was the definite reason you suffered injuries.
- Show that you suffered injuries and damages that ensued because of them. Have proof of medical expenses, lost wages, and more stemming from your injuries.
Types of Compensation
Types of compensation will always vary based on what you experience. Your economic compensation can include your lost wages and medical expenses. Your non-economic compensation can include pain and suffering, and trauma. It’s crucial to speak with a lawyer about your options and whether you have a viable claim.
At The Gatti Law Firm, we work to help you through the complicated matters that may lie ahead. Our Oregon premises liability attorneys put you first. We’ll work to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf because you deserve someone on your side. Let us help you!