Experienced Premises Liability Attorneys in Portland, Oregon
Private, public, and government property owners owe all guests the duty of safety when they are on their premises. That means invitees should be able to visit a grocery store, shopping mall, office building, courthouse, or even another person’s home without being injured by hazardous conditions.
Unfortunately, many of these same places are filled with potentially negligent hazards — either caused by staff members or the property owners — that can easily lead to slips and falls that cause significant injuries.
When such an event occurs, our premises liability attorneys will listen to the details of your incident during a free consultation to discuss your claim against the responsible party.
Where Do Most Premises Liability Injuries Occur in Oregon?
When negligence is a factor, premises liability injuries can occur anywhere, anytime.
Common locations where premises liability injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Shopping malls and retail businesses
- Parking garages
- Bars and night clubs
- Apartments and condominiums
- Hotels and resorts
- Construction sites
- Public sidewalks
- Grade schools, high schools, and colleges
- Grocery stores
- Amusement parks
- Museums and aquariums
- Entertainment and sports venues
- Private property
- Professional offices
- Government buildings
- Swimming pools and waterparks
- Warehouses, factories, and other workplaces
The person or company in possession and control of the premises is obligated to cause no unreasonable harm to others. When property owners or operators violate that duty, people get hurt, and should be compensated for their medical costs, lost wages, and any out of pocket expenses incurred because of the injury.
What are the Most Common Causes of Premises Liability Injuries in Portland?
Premises liability incidents and injuries can occur anywhere negligence is a factor.
That can include circumstances where the property owner or operator knew about the hazard or should have known the defective conditions or any unsafe structures in their home or business could cause harm to visitors.
Common causes of premises liability incidents may include:
- Broken stairs, escalators, and elevators
- Missing or damaged hand railings
- Wet floors
- Loose floor mats
- Uneven sidewalks
- Being stuck by or against an object
- Dog bites and attacks
- Falls from heights
- Inadequate security
- Damaged playground equipment
- Poorly lit areas
- Toxic fumes or chemicals
What are the Most Common Types of Injuries Caused by Premises Liability Incidents?
Inadequate maintenance of any premises — private, public, or government owned or operated — can lead to severe injuries that occur without notice.
Common injuries that occur during premises liability incidents may include:
- Torn ligaments and muscle strains
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Head injuries, including concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck and spinal injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Electric shock
- Drownings and near-drownings
- Wounds or infections from dog bites
- Wrongful death
While nearly everyone’s first instinct is to jump up quickly from an injury that occurs in public. Many people become embarrassed and get up to leave, but the best approach is to assess your physical condition by remaining still until medical help arrives or until you are sure you are okay and can follow up with a physician.
After the accident scene has been documented and evidence properly preserved, continue to follow your physician’s directions and contact our premises liability attorneys for help pursuing fair compensation for your injuries.
Comparative Liability Applies in Oregon Premises Liability Claims
If you have been injured in a premises liability incident, and are found partly responsible for your slip and fall, you may still be eligible to pursue fair compensation from the property owner and/or any other party who is also at fault, as long as your share of the blame is less than 50%.
Although a slip and fall accident may sound minor, your injuries could have a long-lasting impact on your quality of life — now and going forward — that should not be taken lightly.
If you have been hurt on public, private, or government property, and believe you have a personal injury claim because of the owner or operators’ negligent actions or inaction, please contact our Multnomah County personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman today by calling (503) 336-9942 for a free confidential assessment of your claim.