Little Rock Premises Liability Lawyers
Helping Arkansas clients after a slip and fall or injury on someone else’s property
Property owners depend on customers to buy their products and use their services. They have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for anyone who shops or uses their store for any legitimate purpose. Owners of apartment complexes, retail stores, hotels, construction sites, restaurants, and profit and nonprofit businesses have a duty to inspect their property for defects and to make timely repairs. Owners are liable for the inside of their buildings, the entranceways, and the outside parking lots.
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our Little Rock attorneys understand how life changing a slip and fall, an assault, a dog bite, or any injury while on someone’s property can be. We work quickly to investigate the accident scene to determine why you were hurt. We demand access to owner records to help prove the owner was aware of the property defect. Our premises liability attorneys demand payment for your personal injuries – pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Who’s liable in premises liability cases?
The owners of commercial buildings, hospitals, and any other building that opens its doors to the public have a general duty to ensure that people who use their property don’t get hurt. Owners can be held liable if they knew or had reason to know of a property defect and failed to either fix the problem or warn visitors to stay away from a known problem.
In addition to the owners of the property, the following may also be responsible for an injury on someone else’s property:
- Security staff who failed to protect visitors
- Repair crews who failed to fix tile cracks, torn carpets, loose railings, or other known dangers
- Maintenance staff responsible for keeping the property clean
- Managers of the property who failed to warn hotel visitors, shopping visitors, or others of a known danger such as a wet floor, or who were otherwise negligent
Architects, engineers, and designers of the property may also be liable for preventable injuries and accidents.
Common types of premises liability cases in and around Little Rock
Some of the many types of property accident cases we handle include:
- Slips and falls. This is the most common type of property accident case. Slips and falls can occur because of spilled liquids, food on the floor, snow or ice on the sidewalk, or anything that would make the surface wet or slippery.
- Trips and falls. Similar to slips and falls, trips usually occur when a customer falls over an object that is lying on the ground or because there is an uneven surface.
- Falling objects. Merchandise or equipment that falls can easily strike someone on the head and cause someone to lose their balance and fall.
- Elevator and escalator accidents. If these moving items aren’t in working order, users can die or suffer catastrophic injuries. If these devices aren’t working, clear warnings should be made to users to avoid these devices.
- Stairway injuries. Loose railings, stairs that aren’t evenly spaced, and debris on the stairs can cause a severe slip and fall if the victim tumbles down the stairs.
- Parking lot injuries. Parking lots and garages should also be kept safe for users. Crumbling parking lots should be paved over. Potholes should be repaired. It should be clear where people should walk. Snow and ice should be promptly shoveled.
- Entranceways. Many property owners fail to make sure the entranceways are dry and that the in and out lanes are clearly marked.
- Negligent security. Property owners who should reasonably anticipate that customers may be physically attacked should make sure there is good lighting, install video cameras, hire security staff, and take other precautionary measures.
Residential property owners or any commercial property owners who have a pool should make sure all passersby are made aware of it. If pools are in use, they should be supervised.
Dog bites generally fall under the category of premises liability. Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure that neighbors who walk by are made aware of the dog and that the dog is restrained. If a child or anyone else is bitten by a dog, even when making a friendly visit, the owner of the property where the dog bite took place may be liable.
At construction sites, it should be clear where pedestrians can and can’t walk.
If there are electrical currents anywhere on the property, customers and visitors need to be warned.
Common types of injuries due to slips and falls and other property accidents
In the worst cases, a customer or user of a property may die due to a fall, an electrocution, being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot, or for any number of other reasons. The families of loved ones killed on the property of another have the right to file a wrongful death claim against all responsible parties.
In fall accidents, physical attacks, or cases where objects fall on someone, victims may suffer:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), resulting in loss of cognitive function
- Broken legs, arms, and other bones which can take months to heal
- Spinal cord damage which may cause paralysis and disc damage
- Back and neck pain
- Torn ligaments
- Muscle damage and soft tissue injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Facial disfigurement, scarring, cuts, and bruises
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
Talk with a tough premises liability lawyer in Arkansas today
Defense lawyers will argue it was your fault – you should have watched where you were going. They will argue there was nothing the property owner could have done. At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our experienced premises liability lawyers see right through these unjust arguments. We fight to prove the owners were too busy placing profit before safety to protect your interests. We have the skills and resources to hold property owners accountable for their negligence and carelessness. For help with any slip and fall or any property accident, call our Little Rock attorneys today. You can make an appointment by calling 501-213-1512 or filling out our contact form.