Hartford Premises Liability Lawyers
Premises liability is an area of law that relates to injuries suffered because of a dangerous or defective condition on another party’s property. Property owners can be responsible for the injuries victims suffer in these types of cases.
The duty of care a property owner owes a person who enters their property is based on that person’s status. Connecticut state law divides guests into invitees, licensees, and trespassers, and a person’s status determines the property owner’s liability.
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed because of a dangerous or defective condition on another party’s property in the greater Hartford area, you do not have to accept a property owner’s claim that your injuries were your fault. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers stands up for people all over Connecticut and helps them recover all of the compensation they are entitled to.
The record of success for our firm includes $617,500 recovered for a man who fell on some steps while going into work. Call (860) 722-9923 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with one of our Hartford premises liability attorneys.
Do I Need A Premises Liability Lawyer?
When you have been injured in an accident caused by a dangerous or defective condition on another party’s property, you will very likely be told that you were the one at fault for your injuries. Both the property owner and their insurance company will probably refuse to admit liability for your accident and attempt to claim that your own actions will prevent you from recovering any damages.
You will want to have an attorney merely to have somebody on your side. Your lawyer can provide some genuine help as it relates to your case though.
For example, an attorney will be able to conduct an independent investigation so that the cause of your accident can be determined and essential evidence can be preserved. You could be entitled to compensation for all of your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Some insurance companies may offer victims proposed settlements, but the amounts are usually nowhere near what the individuals are entitled to. A lawyer can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf and negotiate for a fair and full settlement to your case.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has more than three decades of legal experience. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015 and Mr. Perkins was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Mr. Perkins is a member of the Hartford County Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and American Bar Association. He is admitted to state courts in Connecticut and New York as well as the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We will negotiate for a just settlement, but we will not be afraid to file a lawsuit when an insurance company does not make a satisfactory offer.
Our attorneys can also visit you in person at your hospital room or home should you be unable to come to our office. Call (860) 722-9923 or contact us online to receive a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) stated that premises liability cases were the second most common kind of tort claim after automobile accidents. Premises liability cases may involve either public or private property.
Common kinds of premises liability claims include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to maintain premises
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Unsafe workplaces
- Snow and ice accidents
In Connecticut, a property owner owes the highest duty of care to invitees, including public invitees, business invitees, or social invitees. Shoppers at most retail establishments are considered invitees.
The Supreme Court of Connecticut ruled in Laube v. Stevenson, 137 Conn. 469 (1951) that a property owner is liable to a licensee for injuries sustained from a natural or artificial condition when the property owner knew of a condition, realized it involved an unreasonable risk, had reason to believe the licensee would not discover the condition or risk, and permitted the licensee to enter or remain on the premises without exercising reasonable care to make the condition reasonably safe or warn the licensee.
Property owners generally owe no duty of care to trespassers, who are on the property without permission. An exception to the duty of care for trespassers relates to children, as property owners with “attractive nuisances” (items such as swimming pools or trampolines likely to appeal to children too young to appreciate the dangers) must secure the hazardous items, so they are inaccessible to children or they risk potential liability for failure to do so.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a premises liability claim?
The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Connecticut is two years. The limitations period for an injury action begins on the date of an accident, but this date is different when the premises liability claim involves wrongful death. When a person is killed because of a property owner’s negligence, the victim’s family or legal representative will have two years from the date of the person’s death (which may be after the date of an accident) to file a claim.
What happens if I was partially at fault for my accident?
Under Connecticut General Statute § 52-572h(b), contributory negligence does not bar recovery so long as a plaintiff’s negligence was not more than the combined negligence of the person or persons against whom recovery is sought. The damages you are awarded can be reduced in proportion to your percentage of negligence though. This means a person awarded $100,000 in a premises liability case but found to have been 25 percent at fault will have their award reduced by $25,000 and receive $75,000.
What kind of damages can be recovered in a premises liability accident?
While settlements are most often the result of most premises liability cases, some cases do go to trial, and a jury may award a victim compensatory damages. Compensatory damages usually involve some combination of economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are the actual losses a victim incurs or will incur, such as medical bills, lost income, and property damage. Noneconomic damages are far more subjective, with awards possibly including pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of consortium.
Contact a Hartford Premises Liability Attorney Today
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed as the result of a property owner failing to correct or warn you about a dangerous or defective condition on their property in Connecticut? You will want to make sure that you have legal representation for assistance recovering all of the compensation you need and deserve.
Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents residents and visitors in communities throughout the Hartford area. Our lawyers can answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (860) 722-9923 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.