When you are shopping, whether or not you will suffer an injury is not likely a concern. However, accidents can happen, and you may take injuries and medical bills home from your shopping trip. If you suffered harm due to factors beyond your control while you were in public, who is to blame?
West Virginia residents who suffer because of dangerous property conditions and other factors they cannot control may have grounds to seek financial compensation through a premises liability claim. Whether you received an injury in a grocery store or while walking down a public sidewalk, you have the right to know your options.
When another person's negligence causes you harm
Premises liability claims can be difficult to prove. It can be rather complex to validate your claim that another party's negligence was the reason for your physical and financial pain and suffering. In fact, you may think that you are at least partially to blame for your accident.
It may be helpful for you to take immediate action to determine if you are eligible for financial compensation after a premises liability incident. In order to have a strong premises liability claim against the owner or manager of the store or property where you received the injury, there must be evidence of the following:
- The property owner or people who worked for the property owner should have known about the dangerous conditions.
- The property owner or his or her employees actually did know about the dangerous conditions but did not do anything about it.
- The property owner or employees actually caused the dangerous condition.
You may be unsure if you have a case or how you should proceed after your accident. By keeping track of your injuries and expenses, you can start gathering evidence for a potential claim. You can start exploring your legal options as soon as possible after your accident.
Seeking the recovery you deserve
It is frustrating and overwhelming to suffer harm while you are out in public, shopping or visiting a business. You do not have to suffer through the aftermath alone, but you can take immediate action to protect your interests.
A premises liability cannot reverse what happened to you, but it can help you recover your financial losses, pay medical bills and get whatever help you need to move forward. If you are not certain about your legal options, a complete evaluation of your case may be helpful.