Property owners — both homeowners and business owners — have a duty of care to the lawful visitors of their premises. This means property owners are obligated to take reasonable action to prevent injury to visitors to their property.
If someone has poorly maintained their property or has been negligent in another way, and you suffer serious injury in Harrisburg or anywhere in Pennsylvania, you can contact a personal injury attorney at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. for a free consultation. With more than 40 years of combined experience, the attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. have worked with a range of personal injury plaintiffs and have secured compensation and court wins in a number of premises liability claims.
Types of Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability claims can arise out of a number of situations. The attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. have handled claims arising out of:
- Inadequate security. When business owners know their premises are located in a high-risk area and when owners know visitors to their place of business are at high risk of attack or criminal activity, property owners are obligated to take reasonable steps to provide adequate security. This may mean hiring off-duty police officers for patrols, installing security cameras, correctly lighting outdoor and indoor spaces and taking other security measures.
When business owners are negligent in providing reasonable security, they can be held liable. Speak to a premises liability attorney if you have been the victim of a mugging, assault or other crime due to inadequate security.
- Slip-and-fall accidents. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur because of poorly maintained floors, slippery floors or debris. While many people consider slip-and-fall accidents to simply be an instance of embarrassment, for some, these accidents result in significant fractures, traumatic head injuries and other serious injuries. Pursuing a claim and working with a slip-and-fall attorney can help you secure damages so you can pay for medical treatment for your injury. In many cases, it can also encourage a property owner to tidy up or properly maintain their property so others don’t get injured in the same way.
- Dangerous conditions. Poorly maintained buildings, unsafe structures, unsecured swimming pool areas and other dangerous building conditions can lead to significant injury. If you have been seriously injured because a property owner failed to provide reasonable conditions, you may have a claim.
- Unsafe elevators and stairwells. Stairwells and elevators pose more risk than level spaces. For this reason, it’s important they are well lit and correctly maintained. If you suffer a serious fall in the stairwell or elevator because a property owner failed to take proper precautions, you may consult with an attorney and seek legal redress.
Deciding to Pursue a Premises Liability Claim
If you have been injured when visiting a private, public or a business property in the Harrisburg or Pennsylvania area, contact McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. Our attorneys will sit down and listen to your story, and then we offer an honest evaluation of your legal choices. We can help you understand whether you have a case and can guide you through the process if you decide to pursue a lawsuit. Your initial consultation is free, and we take cases on a contingency fee basis — if you have a legitimate claim, you don’t have to worry about paying costs upfront.