Portland Premises Liability Attorney
Portland is a vibrant city with a wide variety of businesses and public spaces – from small boutiques to coffee houses to large retailers to parks, and more. Business owners have more to worry about than simply drawing customers and making a living, however. If you are a property or business owner in Portland and you allow visitors or customers onto your premises, you are legally expected to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition to avoid injuries to those visitors.
Some steps that property owners may need to take include regular inspection of the premises for possible dangers, maintenance of the property, repair of any hazards in a timely manner, clear warning of any non-repairable hazards, providing adequate security, and more. If a property owner fails to act reasonably and allows a dangerous condition or hazard to exist without proper warning, visitors can be injured as a result. In such cases, the injured victim is entitled to recover compensation from the property owner for their losses by filing a premises liability claim.
Injuries due to property hazards are more common than you may think. For example, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports that nearly nine million people sustain injuries in slips, trips, and falls in the U.S. every year. An accident can happen on someone else’s property when you least expect it and, if you suffer injury, you should discuss a possible legal claim with a qualified Portland premises liability lawyer as soon as possible.
When Can You Bring A Premises Liability Claim?
In order to seek recovery for your injuries and losses, you must prove that certain legal elements are satisfied in your case. For instance, you must demonstrate the following:
- The property owner owed you a certain duty of care;
- The owner breached that duty; and
- The breach caused you harm and actual losses.
In order to determine what duty is owed, you must examine the relationship between yourself and the property owner. There are three basic legal statuses that are recognized by Portland courts for the purposes of premises liability claims:
- Invitee — A business invitee is a person who is a customer of a restaurant or a store, a concertgoer, or other type of patron. This type of visitors deserve the highest duty of care.
- Licensee — A licensee is not a customer nor is on the property for any business-related reason, however they have permission to be on the property, such as a social guest. They are owed an ordinary duty of care in Oregon.
- Trespasser — Property owners owe no duty of care to individuals who enter the property or remain on the property without permission.
Determining the correct relationship and duty of care can be legally complex. An experienced premises liability attorney will be able to evaluate your situation and advise you of your rights.
Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents
Many different kinds of accidents can occur on another’s property or in a business that can lead to serious injury and a subsequent legal claim. Some examples of common types of premises liability accidents include as follows:
- Slip and falls;
- Falls down stairs;
- Falls from heights;
- Elevator or escalator accidents;
- Construction site accidents;
- Falling objects;
- Swimming pool or spa accidents;
- Dog bites;
- Assaults due to inadequate security; and
- Failure to warn of potential dangers or hazards.
These are only some examples of the incidents that can be at issue in a premises liability case. Many of these accidents can cause serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and that can even result in long-term challenges, impairments, and disabilities. If you believe that a property owner was to blame for your accident, you should consult with an experienced premises liability attorney who understands the relevant Oregon laws.
Please Call A Portland Premises Liability Lawyer For Help
Every year, thousands of people in the Portland are injured in accidents that are caused by the negligence of property and business owners who are negligent in failing to keep their premises in a safe condition. When these kinds of accidents occur, victims can often recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, property damage, or other losses they experience as a result of the accident in which they were involved. At the Johnston Law Firm, we are committed to helping people who have been hurt in accidents hold the party or parties responsible for their injuries legally accountable. To schedule a free consultation with a Portland premises liability lawyer, contact our office today at (503) 546-3167.