Injuries suffered while on someone else’s property – whether tripping and falling in a retail store or being scalded by hot water in a hotel – may be the direct result of negligence on the part of the building owner or property manager. That is because building owners and management companies are legally responsible for maintaining their property in a reasonably safe manner. Trombly & Singer, PLLC help injured victims recover compensation from negligent property owners. Allow us to handle your legal claim so you can focus on recovering and moving forward with your life. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC for a free consultation.
Duties of Property Owners in Washington, D.C.
DC property owners can be held financially liable in premises liability cases for injuries others suffer for failing to:
- Make needed repairs when there is a known defect or problem: This may include things such as broken railings, broken elevators, unsecured apartment buildings, carpeting that slips or bunches, water heaters that are set at too hot of a temperature, sidewalks with broken concrete, and uneven or icy surfaces.
- Warn people of unsafe conditions: Such as failures to put signage around slippery floors, and leaving notice that an elevator is broken or that a pool is unsupervised.
- Take reasonable action to make property conditions safe: For example, installing fencing to keep a dog on its own property, providing handrails in a stairwell, or proper lighting of a parking lot.
- Provide adequate security measures: Especially in places such as hotels, schools, and other places where it is reasonably foreseeable that criminal activity may occur.
Negligence and the burden of proof
To prevail in a personal injury case, the plaintiff must satisfy the burden of proof. For a premises liability case, you will have to prove negligence. If your case can prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard that caused your injury and did nothing to resolve it, you could be entitled to damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and more. When injured by negligence it is a good idea to collect evidence. Taking pictures of the hazard is important but getting the medical attention you need is a paramount issue.
Hire a Washington D.C. Premises Liability Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on another person’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC to schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your case with a seasoned member of our legal team. We represent clients throughout Washington, D.C. and Maryland, including Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Prince George’s County. With the assistance of local counsel, we also represent clients in Virginia and other jurisdictions.