New Haven Premises Liability Lawyers
Holding Property Owners Accountable
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed because of a property owner’s failure to correct or warn you about a dangerous condition in Connecticut? You may be entitled to damages that include compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. A New Haven premises liability attorney can help you make your case.
A property owner owes every person who enters their property a particular duty of care based on the person’s status. A person’s status as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser affects the property owner’s liability for accidents that occur on the property. Determining your status, understanding what that means for your case, and trying to pursue a claim on your own can be incredibly challenging.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers handles premises liability cases for victims injured in communities all over the greater New Haven area. You will want to make sure that you retain legal counsel as soon as possible after being injured on another party’s property because of a dangerous property condition. Call our New Haven injury attorneys at (203) 397-1283 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
Do I Need A Premises Liability Lawyer?
Following some premises liability accidents, victims may wonder whether or not they should hire an attorney. Representatives for insurance companies usually encourage this line of thinking, often telling victims that they will be able to keep more money for themselves without a lawyer.
Some insurers will reach out and quickly offer proposed settlements that require victims to sign releases. In virtually all cases, these offers are not even close to what victims are entitled to, but without a lawyer’s help, you may not realize that you are being shortchanged, or how to get what you deserve.
The first advantage of hiring a lawyer is that you will have somebody who can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. This is important because many people unknowingly say things to insurance agents that ultimately damage their injury claims.
Another advantage of working with an attorney is that they will be able to conduct an independent investigation to determine the cause of your accident and collect relevant evidence. The lawyer will then be able to accurately assess the real value of your claim and fight to help you recover a more sizable award.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers?
After a premises liability accident in New Haven, you need Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers on your side. Our founder, Jonathan Perkins, has been practicing personal injury law for over 30 years. Mr. Perkins is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, New Haven County Bar Association, and American Bar Association. He is admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as state courts in Connecticut and New York.
Our firm has secured numerous verdicts and settlements worth millions of dollars for our clients. Our record of success includes $750,000 recovered for a 54-year-old man who suffered a brain injury after he bumped his head on the corner of a first aid kit. Our success has won us many awards and accolades, including the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
We are dedicated to our clients’ success and comfort. If you are unable to come to our office for any reason, we will visit you at your home or in the hospital, so don’t delay in calling us.
Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
Premises liability claims can stem from a number of different kinds of incidents on public or private property. Some of the most common causes of premises liability claims include, but are not limited to:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Snow and ice accidents
- Failure to maintain premises
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Negligent security
- Unsafe workplaces
- Toxic chemical exposure
In general, Connecticut tort law establishes that property owners owe the highest duty of care to people who are invitees or people who enter a property for the benefit of the owner. Most customers at local businesses are considered invitees, as well as contract workers such as plumbers. Property owners must regularly inspect their property, clear hazards promptly, and warn any invitees of potential hazards.
A licensee is a person invited to remain on a property but not for financial gain, such as guests in a home. Property owners do not have to inspect and maintain their property for the benefit of licensees, but they must warn licensees of any risks they are aware of. This was established in Laube v. Stevenson by the Supreme Court of Connecticut.
Trespassers are generally not owed any duty of care by property owners, but a notable exception exists for trespassers who are children. Connecticut is one of many states that recognizes the danger of “attractive nuisances,” or items that are inherently dangerous to young children such as swimming pools or trampolines, and property owners can be held liable for failure to secure attractive nuisances such that children can not access them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Premises liability is a particularly complicated area of personal injury law, so most victims have a variety of questions about it. Some of the questions we hear most often in our office are listed below.
How long do I have to file a premises liability claim?
Connecticut imposes a statute of limitations of two years on most personal injury actions, including premises liability claims, starting from the date of the accident. People should generally seek legal representation as soon as possible since delays in contacting an attorney can lead to key evidence being lost. A person who waits too long may not be able to provide a lawyer with enough time to conduct an investigation and file the necessary paperwork.
What happens if I was partially at fault for my accident?
Connecticut General Statute § 52-572h(b) states that people who are partially at fault for their accident can still recover compensation if they were less than 50% at fault. The compensatory damages you are awarded in a negligence action can be diminished in proportion to your percentage of negligence. In other words, if you were awarded $100,000 in a premises liability case but were found to have been 10 percent at fault, your award will be reduced by $10,000, and you would ultimately receive $90,000.
What kind of damages can be recovered in a premises liability accident?
Many premises liability cases are resolved through settlements that are intended to cover all of your past, present, and future expenses. When a case does go to trial, a jury could award compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are usually a combination of economic and noneconomic damages, with economic damages often including medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage, and noneconomic damages including pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and disfigurement.
Contact a New Haven Premises Liability Attorney Today
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed because of a property owner’s failure to fix or warn you about a hazard on their property in Connecticut, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers as soon as possible. Our firm represents residents and visitors all over the New Haven area.
We understand the complexity of premises liability actions and help victims obtain all of the compensation they are entitled to. Call (203) 397-1283, or contact us online to receive an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free consultation.