Charlotte Slip & Fall Attorney
Representing Premises Liability Claims in North Carolina
Although blameless accidents can occur, most are the result of negligence. This is true of slip and fall accidents, which are often the result of a property owner’s failure to maintain their premises or adequately warn guests of potential hazards. If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you could be entitled to hold the negligent property owner accountable and seek fair financial compensation for your damages, such as your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.
At Payne Law Firm, we provide serious representation for serious injuries. Since 2002, we have been helping victims of negligence get back on their feet and move forward with their lives after devastating accidents. Our Charlotte slip and fall lawyers are highly skilled and passionate slip and fall attorneys in Charlotte who have earned a reputation among insurance companies as a being tough advocates for the injured.
What Is Premises Liability Law?
Slip and fall cases fall under a type of law known as premises liability law. In North Carolina, premises liability law outlines the duty of care property owners owe to anyone who lawfully visits their properties. The law states that property owners have a duty to conduct proper maintenance to keep their properties free of hazards that could pose a foreseeable risk to others. Property owners are also required to timely remove, repair, or otherwise address dangerous conditions. This includes giving proper warnings when a dangerous condition exists.
In order to have legal grounds to bring a slip and fall claim in North Carolina, you must prove the following elements:
- You were lawfully on the property
- A dangerous condition existed
- The property owner knew about or should have known about the dangerous condition
- The property owner failed to take reasonable steps to remove, repair, or warn of the dangerous condition
- You were injured because of the dangerous condition
- You sustained measurable damages (economic and/or non-economic)
Note that while property owners do not owe any particular duty of care to trespassers, they are still prohibited by law from willfully or wantonly harming someone who is trespassing on their property.
Examples of Dangerous Property Conditions
The issue of dangerous conditions is an important one in slip and fall claims. You must show causation, meaning you must prove that a dangerous condition was the proximate cause of your injuries. But what exactly is a “dangerous condition?”
Some examples of common dangerous conditions that lead to slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Slippery floors
- Spilled liquids
- Lack of “wet floor” signs
- Waxed floors
- Uneven floors
- Cracked or defective sidewalks
- Crumbling stairs
- Lack of handrails
- Poor lighting
- Cluttered walkways
- Tripping hazards
- Accumulated ice or snow
These are just some examples of dangerous conditions that pose a foreseeable hazard to others, meaning one could reasonably assume that the presence of such a condition would cause a person to slip, trip, and fall.
Who Is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident?
In most premises liability accidents there are several parties that may be held accountable, depending on what caused the accident in the first place:
- The property owner
- The business that leases the property from the property owner
- The property management company
- The cleaning company, repair company, or other service provider
- The builder or construction company
- Government agencies when the property is owned by the government
Sometimes more than one party can be found liable for the accident. If you are unsure who you should file your premises liability claim against, you should consult with our premises liability lawyer. We can walk you through the process of determining liability.
Holding a Negligent Property Owner Accountable after a Slip & Fall Accident
Filing a premises liability claim after slipping and falling on someone else’s property can be a complicated, time-consuming process. At Payne Law Firm, we are highly versed in all aspects of the law and know how to efficiently and effectively advocate for those injured as a result of property owners’ negligence.
Attorney Payne and his team have a proven record of success and is ready to help you maximize your recovery. There are no out-of-pocket expense when you work with our firm and we only collect attorney’s fees if and when we win your case.
For a free consultation with a skilled slip and fall lawyer in Charlotte, call Payne Law Firm at (704) 461-0053 today.