How Can I Prove a Property Owner Was Aware of a Safety Hazard?

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If you get injured on someone else’s property, you will probably want to hold that property owner accountable. If someone just leaves a safety hazard out to harm others, they should be punished. How do you prove that the owner knew of the hazard though? And what kinds of safety hazards can actually be sued over? Our Monmouth County slip and fall accident attorneys can answer those questions and many more.

What Kind of Safety Hazard Can You Sue Over?

There are a few different safety hazards that are common problems on all sorts of properties. Whether you are coming home to your apartment building after a long day or navigating through a strip mall to find your destination, these are the types of obstacles you probably do not want to see:

  • Broken pavement or flooring
  • Unsafe electrical wiring
  • Fire code and building code violations
  • Unusable handrails in stairways
  • Spills and slippery floors
  • Inadequate lighting
  • A lack of security

An entire property should be safe from hazards like these. A property owner who does not take care of everything from the parking lot outside of the building to the stairwells inside should be held responsible when a safety hazard brings someone harm.

What Evidence Do I Need to Sue for Damages?

Here is a potential problem though. You need to be able to show that the property owner was also aware of such a safety hazard. If they were ignorant to the danger, then you are not going to have much luck suing them for compensation.

So you need to be able to show that the property owner did actually know about the safety hazard and the potential danger. Evidence that can help you show that and build the rest of your case includes:

  • Proof that a complaint about the safety hazard was made
  • Surveillance footage of the accident
  • Photos of the unsafe condition
  • Maintenance records for the building
  • Incident reports
  • Statements from witnesses who reported the safety hazard

Your personal injury lawyer will help you gather any evidence needed to make your case.

What Should My Compensation Cover?

In some cases, accident victims will be offered a check from an insurance company when they get injured. This first offer from an insurer is almost never enough to actually cover all of the expenses stemming from an accident. That insurance company just wants to get out of this for as little money as possible, so turn down that offer and get ready to fight for an adequate compensation offer that makes up for:

  • The cost of medical treatment
  • Loss of income
  • Pain from disfigurement or disability
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Any other pain and suffering

Contact Our Law Firm Today

When you are ready to learn more about your legal options, contact the Wilton Law Firm. We can help you build a case, fight for fair compensation, and hold irresponsible property owners accountable for their actions. Schedule a consultation today.