Portland premises liability accident cases are often very difficult to prove, particularly if the accident-causing hazardous condition was temporary, such as a wet floor or snow and ice. Because these cases are so hard to prove, you need a qualified Portland premises liability attorney with the knowledge and skill that is needed to effectively investigate and handle the case.
If you have suffered a serious injury in Oregon due to a property owner’s carelessness, contact DuBois Law Group LLC. Our Portland premises liability attorneys can help you decide whether you have a substantial case against a property owner as well as advise you about your legal rights. Call 503-222-4411 today.
Portland Premises Liability: Negligent Security
Every Oregon property owner has a responsibility to make sure people who are invited onto that property, or who otherwise have a right to be there, are protected from attack and injury. When that protection is not provided, Portland negligent security lawyers are often called upon to sue the owner of the premises in a negligent security lawsuit. As well as injuries caused by third party attacks, these claims can also be filed if someone has been injured due to unsafe conditions.
Portland Premises Liability: Slip and Fall Accidents
In a slip-and-fall accident, a person must prove either a) defendant caused the dangerous conditions, or b) knew about it and did nothing, or c) should have known about it and did nothing.
If you had to count how many stores, homes, businesses, or other pieces of property you’ve been to over the last week, you might not be able to remember them all. In our fast-paced society, we seem to jump from place to place so we can accomplish what needs to get done. We never think that we might suffer an injury because of an unsafe property, or premises. Slip and fall cases are the most common injuries in premises liability law.
Under Oregon law, all property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their property in a safe and condition that is free of unreasonable danger, or to warn property visitors if a hazardous condition exists. When an owner doesn’t adequately maintain their property and a visitor suffers an injury because of the dangerous condition, the property owner may be held responsible for the person’s injuries and related losses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 18,000 older adults die from fall-related injuries every year in the United States. In 2009, approximately 2.2 million older adults were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for nonfatal fall injuries, and 581,000 required hospitalization. Fall accidents affect not just our nation’s older population, but children as well. On average, about 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries every year.
Common injuries from an Oregon slip-and-fall accident range from cuts and broken bones to internal bleeding and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). When a person or business’ careless actions cause another person injury, the victim can seek money for their injury and related losses.
Causes of Portland Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
There are many dangerous environments that cause a person to suffer a slip and fall accident injury in Oregon. Common dangers include:
- Broken stairs. When a step is broken or cracked, it can cause a person to trip or lose their balance, resulting in an injury. It is the duty of a property owner to repair any damaged stairs quickly to make sure someone visiting does not fall due to the broken or cracked step.
- Slippery floors. When a floor is slippery or wet because it was recently cleaned or if something is spilled and wasn’t cleaned up, a property owner must post warnings that tell people about the floor’s condition. If they don’t do this, an Oregon slip-and-fall injury accident may result.
- Uneven floors. When a property has floors that are uneven or cracked, it can cause a person to trip and fall, and potentially suffer an injury. If this problem is widespread on a property, the owner needs to carefully mark the dangerous area so visitors know to be cautious.
- Workplace injuries. Workplaces are notorious for slip-and-fall accidents, particularly construction sites. Property owners, employers, and contractors are responsible for giving their workers a safe working environment that does not present unreasonable dangers.
Past Oregon Premises Liability Accident Case Example:
Premises Liability Accident Case Example: Negligent Building Design
K.H. was injured while at a party. She fell two stories onto concrete because of negligent design, building, and maintenance which caused her to lean against a “wall” that was actually a door to nothing. Sustaining permanent seizures, she needed cognitive therapy and physical therapy after her accident as well as time to heal from several broken back ones. As a student, K.H. was having a hard time returning to school and her volunteer work. See her traumatic brain injury attorney testimonial. This case settled for $500,000 before trial.