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“I was hurt as a result of a catastrophic industrial accident. We were looking for a lawyer to represent us and found one after talking to a very close friend of ours. Our friend had met Stewart Poisson before and thought she would be a good fit for us. I was in a drug-induced coma for three months, and Stewart made this terrible situation much more tolerable for my wife. She even traveled to UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill to make sure that I was getting the care that I needed. She did address some issues that needed to be changed. One such issue was finding a different doctor, a doctor that was familiar with my type of injury. Switching doctors turned out to be instrumental in my recovery. My wife and I have a lot of confidence in Stewart and would definitely recommend her to anyone requiring a great lawyer. She is very competent and friendly.”
─ A.S., Wilmington, NC
“I thank Stewart Poisson for taking my case when so many others (I tried 5 local 1 out of state), all whom said “we will do some research and contact you.” They could not/would not take my case. They sent me a letter saying such. I was upset and thinking nobody cared and no one would take my case. Somebody told me to try Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC. I came to her office with a “why try” attitude. She took me to her office, and we spent more time together that one day then all the others combined. She asked so many questions. When everyone said no……she said “let’s try,” with no promises. I/we (my wife) were just happy with a try. We came out of it with a lot more than we ever thought possible. Now whenever I hear someone going through the same, the first thing out of my mouth is Poisson, Poisson, Bower and Stewart’s name.”
─ M.C., Wilmington, NC
When someone gets hurt on someone else’s property in Wilmington due to unreasonably dangerous conditions, the property owner, occupant, business manager, or another responsible party could be liable for the injuries and related losses.
If you got hurt because of hazardous conditions on another person’s property, you should not have to bear the financial burden of the responsible party’s negligence. You deserve effective legal representation to seek the justice and compensation you need.
The Wilmington premises liability attorneys at Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC, can help you take legal action against a negligent property owner or another responsible party. Our firm has advocated for the rights and interests of accident victims in Wilmington and throughout North Carolina for three generations. When you hire our firm, you can expect our experienced legal team to handle every detail of your case while you focus on healing from your injuries.
Contact our office today for a free no-obligation consultation with a premises liability lawyer in Wilmington.
Can You Sue a Property Owner for Negligence in Wilmington?
If you’ve experienced an injury due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, you could be entitled to sue the property owner or another responsible party for compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain, suffering, and other losses.
In addition to a negligent property owner, you might also have legal claims against other liable parties, such as:
- Residential tenants (if an accident occurs within the tenant’s exclusive leased premises)
- Commercial tenants or business owners
- Property management companies
- Third-party janitorial services contractors
- Third-party property maintenance companies, including snow and ice removal companies
Wilmington Premises Liability Laws
Under North Carolina law, property owners and other responsible parties may be liable for injuries visitors suffer while on their property. Property owners owe all lawful visitors a duty to exercise reasonable care in maintaining the premises. The duty includes regularly inspecting the property to discover hazardous conditions and remedying any discovered hazards or hazards created by the owner.
Owners who cannot promptly or reasonably remedy a dangerous condition must instead warn lawful visitors of the presence of the condition. For example, a grocery store owner must ensure that food or liquid spills discovered through reasonable maintenance checks are swiftly cleaned up or that a warning sign is put up until store employees can clean up the spill.
Property owners generally owe a lesser duty of care to unlawful visitors or trespassers, although owners must refrain from willfully harming trespassers. However, a property owner may be liable for injuries suffered by children who trespass if the injuries occurred due to an attractive nuisance – a dangerous property condition that the owner knew or should have known would attract children to the property.
Furthermore, state law limits liability for property owners who invite the public to enter their land without charge for educational or recreational purposes.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims We Handle in Wilmington
At Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC, our hazardous conditions attorneys represent clients in cases involving all types of premises liability incidents, including the following examples:
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Snow and ice incidents
- Lack of wet floor signage
- Loose or broken flooring or carpeting
- Loose extension cords and wires
- Falling objects
- Obstructed pathways
- Inadequate maintenance
- Defective property conditions
- Broken steps or staircases
- Broken or missing handrails
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Inadequate or negligent security
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Fires, floods, and water leaks
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or fumes
Types of Damages You Can Claim in a Wilmington Premises Liability Case
A premises liability claim could allow you to seek compensation from a property owner or other liable parties for the financial and personal losses you incur due to your injuries. You could be entitled to pursue compensation for the following:
- Medical treatment and physical rehab expenses
- Expenses for long-term care or support you may need for significant disabilities
- Loss of income due to missed work or reduced earnings while you heal from injuries
- Loss of future earning capacity and employment benefits if you develop a permanent disability
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress, including reduced quality of life caused by disabilities, disfigurement, and scarring
Common Injuries Sustained on a Negligent Owner’s Property
Premises liability accidents can lead to many injuries. Some of the most common injuries suffered on negligent owners’ properties include:
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Dislocated joints
- Ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries
- Herniated or bulging spinal discs
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries and scarring
- Vision or hearing loss
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ injuries or internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputation or limb loss
- Diseases caused by exposure to toxic chemicals or materials
Why You Need Our Attorneys After a Premises Liability Accident in Wilmington
Proving that a property owner or manager was negligent and caused your injuries can be challenging. Property owners and their insurers will fight hard to avoid liability for your injuries and losses. The experienced premises liability attorneys from Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC, can advocate for your rights by:
- Investigating the accident to recover evidence that may help prove the property owner’s or other parties’ liability for your injuries, such as accident scene photos and videos, accident reports, and eyewitness testimony
- Reviewing the facts and evidence and working with accident reconstruction and engineering experts when necessary to build a robust and persuasive case
- Identifying all potentially liable parties and applicable insurance coverage
- Documenting your injuries and calculating your past, ongoing, and future estimated financial and personal losses
- Filing insurance and legal claims for you
- Aggressively negotiating with insurance adjusters and corporate representatives to pursue a fair and full settlement
- Taking your case to court and trial, if necessary, to demand compensation and justice from a negligent property or business owner
Contact Our Wilmington Premises Liability Lawyers Today
If you’ve been hurt on somebody else’s property, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact the law firm of Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC, today for a free no-obligation consultation with our Wilmington premises liability lawyers. We’re ready to help you pursue the financial relief you need after a premises liability accident.