Poor Building Maintenance
Did you have an accident resulting in injury while on commercial, private, or public property?
Not taking proper care of the maintenance of a property can result in more than a loss in property value for the owner. Lack of maintenance and inadequate or poor building maintenance can lead to safety and health concerns for people using these properties.
When someone is injured because of defective or dangerous property that was the result of maintenance issues in a commercial building, a private residence like a home or rental, or on public property, the injured party can seek compensation under premises liability.
Common Poor Building Maintenance Issues
The property owner or occupier has a legal duty to not put anyone using the property (this could be a tenant, shopper, or visitor) at risk of injury because of an unsafe design, poor construction, or any unsafe condition of the property. In addition, the injured person must have been using the property normally and not in a careless, dangerous, or unauthorized way.
The most common accident injuries resulting from poor building maintenance are the result of:
- Dangerous clutter
- Wet, slippery, cracked, or uneven walkways
- Ice or snow on sidewalks and driveways
- Elevator and escalator failures
- Inadequate handrails
- Collapsed balconies
- Shoddy construction
- Inferior building materials
- Poor or inadequate lighting
- Poor swimming pool maintenance/faulty equipment
- Products falling from store shelves
Who is Responsible for Injuries Due to Poor Building Maintenance?
The law concerning who is responsible can be complicated when it comes to filing a premises liability claim because the owner of a business property may be different from the owner of a business renting that property. This also applies to rental properties where, for example, a home is owned by one person but lived in by a renter.
Determining who is responsible, the owner and/or occupier must be determined. It is wise to have a personal injury attorney handling your accident injury case because they have the legal knowledge and experience to protect your rights and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
The insurance companies of the owners and/or occupiers will defend against the claim and their lawyers will work in the interests of their clients. You need someone working in your best interests who can stand up to the insurance companies and their lawyers. This is important because you may be facing big medical expenses, lost wages, future medical and rehabilitation costs and more.
Personal Injury Attorneys Protect Your Interests
In Atlanta, with convenient offices in Cobb and Fulton counties, personal injury attorney Joel Baskin has had success helping people who were injured due to poor building maintenance. Call Joel today for a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and learn what you can expect regarding your accident injury claim.
Hire an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney who is on your side and will defend your interests.
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