Where Premises Liability Accidents Occur
Accidents resulting in injuries can take place at nearly any location in Southaven and across the state of Mississippi. However, there are various locations that tend to leave victims more at risk of being harmed. Some of the most common locations cited in premises liability lawsuits include:
- Grocery stores
- Department stores
- Construction sites
- Apartment buildings
- Amusement parks
- Parking lots
- Sporting arenas
If you have been injured in these or any other location, it is important that you reach out to a skilled legal team as soon as possible. You may have legal options amiable to help you get justice.
In order to prevail after filing a premises liability claim, you must be able to prove that you fall under the category of a protected guest. In general, guests who are considered to be licensees or invitees are afforded legal protection after being harmed in an accident. Licensees are those who enter the property for their own benefit. For example, this could be a person who attends a social gathering with the permission of the property owner.
An invitee is a person who enters the property with an expressed or implied invitation from the owner or occupant of the property. This can be a person who is purchasing items at a store, attending church, or a person hired to care for a home.
Trespassers are generally afforded no legal protection after entering a property without the permission of a property owner. These people often enter properties for their own purpose and without any inducement or enticement.
Working with a skilled legal team can help you identify the category of guest you fall under and pursue the legal options available to help you recover.
Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries in our country. In fact, more than 17,000 people lose their lives due to slip, trip, and fall accidents every year. More than one million people are left with debilitating injuries that impact their health and wellbeing. Although these accidents can take place for a variety of reasons, our Southaven slip and fall accident lawyers see many injuries result from accidents resulting from negligent property owners. Some wet and uneven floor conditions that cause slip and fall incidents include:
- Wet floor surfaces
- Unsalted icy surfaces
- Uneven flooring
- Broken pavement
- Damaged surfaces without any warnings
- Recently waxed or polished floor surfaces
- Inadequate barriers to prevent entry onto wet surfaces
- The lack of non-skid floor treatments
- Worn, bulging, or broken carpeting
- Sloping floors
- Grease or oil spills that are not cleaned up or marked
Some examples of environmental conditions that cause slip and fall accidents include:
- Open cabinets and drawers
- Having trash and debris on the floor or ground surfaces
- Electrical cords running across walkways
- Inadequate lighting (either too dark or too bright)
- Floor transitions
Ladders and stair conditions can cause slip and fall accidents due to:
- Not having adequate handrails
- Rushing up and down the stairs
- Worn or warped staircases
- Skipping steps
- Having debris or garbage on the stairs
- Polished or wax-treated stairs without any non-skid treatment
- Unsecured ladders and stairs
- Using stairs or other objects to climb on instead of stairs
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, our Southaven premises liability lawyers will fight to help you get justice.
Injured as a Result of Inadequate Security
Property owners are required to ensure their property is safe for guests. This can include implementing various security measures to ensure others are not harmed while visiting your property. Business owners in particular have a duty to keep guests from being harmed by foreseeable criminal activities. An attack can result in severe and life-threatening injuries, and sometimes death. Unfortunately, we see frequently people harmed by others in Southaven due to inadequate security. Some of the leading causes of these incidents include:
- Not performing employee background checks before hiring workers
- Not complying with industry safety standards
- Not having adequate locks on the premises
- Not having secure entrances and exits
- A lack of surveillance cameras
- Not having adequate lighting in dark areas
- Not having a security alarm system
- Inadequate crowd controls
- Not having security personnel on-site
When home and business owners fail to ensure adequate security measures are in place, guests are at an increased risk of being harmed. Some of the most common accidents resulting from inadequate security include:
- Sexual assault
- Physical assault
If you were injured in any such incident on another person’s property due to inadequate security, or your loved one lost their life, you may have legal options available to help you move forward. Our lawyers at Mama Justice are available to meet with you and discuss the legal options that may be available for you.
Injured in a Dog Attack
Over 51% of all households in the state of Mississippi have dogs. Although we often find these dogs exceptional for protection and companionship, there are instances where dogs attack others. Being attacked by a dog can lead to catastrophic injuries for victims, including:
- Puncture wounds
- Nerve and muscle damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Facial injuries
- Eye injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Rabies and other diseases
- Emotional distress
When people are harmed in dog attacks, they must seek legal guidance as soon as possible to ensure they have the best chance possible of getting justice. Mississippi is one of a handful of states that still implements the “one bite” rule for dogs. However, victims may still have legal options available to them should they be injured as a result of a dog attack. In order to prove liability in a dog bite case, a victim must show the following:
- The dog had a dangerous propensity/disposition
- The owner was aware of the dog’s dangerous propensity
- The owner knew or should have known that their dog could attack someone
Evidence of any prior attacks is the best way to prove your case. However, this information may not always be available. Working with our premises liability lawyers in Southaven will ensure you have the strongest case imaginable to protect your legal rights.
Injured near a Construction Site
Construction sites are required to be safe and secure areas. However, we see many people injured while simply walking by these areas. When construction site managers fail to secure their equipment, make sure all of the grounds are blocked off from thru-traffic, or make reasonable efforts to prevent injuries to others, they place the lives of others at risk. Some of the most common injuries we see near construction sites include those caused by:
- Falling equipment
- Falling debris
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falling ladders
- Dangerous handling of chemicals
- Gate collapses
If you have been harmed at a construction site, you must seek legal guidance right away.
Damages for Victims of Premises Liability Accidents
When victims are harmed in accidents due to the actions or inactions of property owners, they are able to pursue legal actions against those at-fault. Working with our Southaven personal injury lawyers at Mama Justice can help to ensure you are in the best position possible to get justice.
Our lawyers will thoroughly investigate your accident, gather the strongest evidence possible, and fight aggressively to help you get financial compensation for various injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Long-term care costs to cover therapy, rehabilitation, care facilities, and more
- Lost earnings and benefits
- Lost wages
- Attorneys’ fees
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurements
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
Our lawyers at Mama Justice strongly believe that you should never be forced to spend your own hard-earned money to cover the costs you face as a result of another person’s negligence. For this reason, we fight diligently to ensure you are able to get full and timely compensation so you are in the best position possible to move forward.
Our lawyers will aggressively negotiate with insurance companies to help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve or we will stand up for you in court and demand that you are fully compensated for your injuries and damages.
Mama Justice is Here For You
Every year, numerous people in and around the Southaven area suffer irreversible injuries and damages due to the negligence of property owners. Without adequate recourse, we can only expect to see property owners continue to engage in reckless and negligent actions that leave victims with severe injuries that impact their health and wellbeing. For this reason, it is important that you act quickly to get justice should you become the victim of a premises liability accident.
Our lawyers at Mama Justice have decades of experience fighting to protect victims who have been harmed in accidents. We are committed to treating each victim we work with as if they are part of our family. We represent only the best interests of our clients by providing each and every one of them with individualized representation that adequately reflects their needs moving forward.
We provide our clients with insight as to what their expectations should be regarding the outcome of their personal injury case and we will pursue legal action against negligent property owners and help you recover financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Do not wait to get started on your claim.
Contact the Southaven premises liability lawyers at Mama Justice today at (662) 262-6264 to schedule a free case evaluation with our lawyers to see how we can help you. We offer free, no-obligation case reviews in Southaven or at any of our thirteen offices across the state of Mississippi.