Proving Negligence in Premises Liability Claims in Washington D.C.

If you are someone who recently sustained an injury on another person’s property due to no fault of your own, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. However, to win financial compensation, you will have to hire a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can help you through the claims process and satisfy the burden of proof. Our firm is here to help. Please continue reading to learn more about how to prove negligence in a personal injury claim.

How do I prove negligence in a premises liability claim?

To prove negligence in a premises liability claim in Washington D.C., you will have to demonstrate that:

  1. A duty of care existed. This means that you will have to prove that you were an invitee on an individual’s property at the time of your injury. Property owners are responsible for ensuring their property is safe for all invitees. Additionally, in certain cases, such as sidewalk accidents, you may not even have to be an invitee to sue the property owner, as the property owner is responsible for ensuring that his or her sidewalk is free of safety hazards for all passersby.
  2. That the property owner breached his or her duty of care. This means that you will have to prove that despite owing you a duty of care, the property owner breached that duty of care, meaning the property owner either knew or should have known about the unsafe conditions and failed to fix them.
  3. Causation. This means that you must demonstrate that had the property owner addressed the safety hazard, you would have not been injured. Your injuries must be directly tied to the property owner’s negligence.
  4. Damages. The final part of premises liability claims is proving that because of the property owner’s negligence, you sustained significant damages as a result. These damages can be both economic or non-economic.

Finally, ensure that you take legal action within Washington D.C.’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, which means that you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to sue the property owner responsible for your injuries. Our firm is ready to help you today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.