Premises Liability Settlements in Vermont
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Commercial and residential property owners are required by law to take certain steps to ensure that their properties are safe for employees and clients or guests and visitors. If an accident occurs on their property due to a failure to take reasonable precautions for safety, they can be held liable. At Shillen Mackall & Seldon, our Vermont and New Hampshire premises liability attorneys can help you if you have been hurt due to dangerous conditions on another's property.
In a slip and fall accident? Hurt on someone else's property? Learn how you can benefit by working with top-rated premises liability and personal injury lawyers from our firm.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability incidents can take place on public property, such as a shopping mall, amusement park, or bank. They can also occur on a person's private property. In either case, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim whether or not you knew the person who owned the property.
A few examples of incidents which fall under premises liability include:
- Falling debris
- Missing steps
- Broken steps
- Broken walkways
- Inadequate security
- Dog bites
- Animal attacks
- Slip and fall
You may be concerned about your expenses, such as your medical bills and lost wages. When we file a suit on your behalf, we work to illustrate how much you have suffered as a result of your injuries. We strive to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your case.
How Do You Prove Premises Liability in a Slip and Fall Case?
When it comes to filing a premises liability claim against a property owner, the burden of proof falls upon the injured party to prove that they were not in some way responsible for their injuries.
Vermont Statutes Title 12, Section 1036 establishes the potential for shared fault. Shared fault (also known as "comparative negligence") is a concept that can sometimes diminish the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive. If it can be proved that you were in some way at least partially responsible for your accident, while you may still receive compensation for your injuries, you may receive a reduced amount.
Some instances where the property owner may claim comparative negligence include:
- If you suffered you slip and fall while on your phone (i.e. not paying attention to your surroundings)
- If your accident occurred in a restricted location or somewhere you were not supposed to be
- If reasonable steps were taken by the property owner to make you aware of the hazard (i.e. signs, cones, etc.)
- The danger should have been obvious to you
If you believe that shared fault may be a factor in your case, you should discuss your situation with our slip and fall lawyers immediately in a free, confidential consultation.
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Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm to seek more information about your case and how we can assist you. Our Vermont premises liability attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience in the field of personal injury law. We are committed to achieving a positive outcome for your case, including recovering compensation to cover your expenses.
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