Premises Liability Attorney Portland, Oregon
At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our premises liability lawyers in Portland, Oregon know there is more to these incidents than slips, trips, or falls.
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 nightclubs
- 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
At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our Portland Personal Injury Attorneys Also Focus on the Following Practice Areas:
- Accident Injury
- Airplane Accident
- Auto Wreck
- Bicycle Accident
- Bus Accident
- Boating Accident
- Construction Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Dog Bite
- Pedestrian Accident
- Product Liability
- Legal Malpractice
- Medical Malpractice
- Scooter Accident
- Train Accident
- Truck Accident
- 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 Portland 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.
Contact Our Portland Slip and Fall Attorney For A Free Consultation
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 Portland personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman today by calling 503-242-1440 for a free confidential assessment of your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions for Premises Liability in Portland
What are Considered Hazardous Conditions That Can Lead to a Premises Liability Claim?
A hazardous condition is something that could cause harm to a person who is legally on the property. This could be a freshly waxed floor without signage warning visitors of the potential to slip, or spilled food or drinks that are not quickly cleaned up. It could also be a lack of lighting or a blocked fire exit. Premises liability injuries can occur when the property owner is negligent in providing a safe space — free from unreasonable hazards — for their guests.
How Can I Prove Who is Liable for My Premises Liability Injuries?
We would have to prove that the owner had a duty of care to you as a visitor or guest. We must then show the property owner created the danger, or knew or should have known of the hazard, but did not remedy the dangerous condition. Finally, we must show the hazard was the cause of your injuries, and that you suffered damages — like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as interference with your ability to lead your normal life — because of the negligence.
Are Slip and Fall Incidents and Premises Liability Cases the Same Thing?
Technically, no. Slip, trip, and falls are types of premises liability claims, but not all premises liability claims are slip and fall incidents. Other types of premises liability claims include dog bite injuries, being hit by an object, or falling from heights, to name a few.
Are Negligent Security Claims Premises Liability Cases?
Yes. Negligent security claims — including those where there is insufficient security at an event, or when a guest is physically injured by security personnel — are also types of premises liability claims. Negligent security may also include broken locks or gates at apartment complexes, the lack of security cameras, or functioning keycard entrances that keep residents safe. Our premises liability lawyers in Oregon can help you understand the duty of care the property owner or operator had in your case, how that duty of care was breached, and who is liable for your financial recovery.
Can I Pursue a Friend or Neighbor for Injuries that Occur on Their Property?
Our Portland premises liability lawyers know how difficult it is to consider filing a lawsuit against a friend, neighbor, or family member under any circumstances. You could be injured on their private property, which could include your kid getting bitten by your sister’s dog or suffering an injury while swimming at a neighbor’s pool, or while jumping on a friend’s trampoline. Our law firm can help you pursue the property owner’s insurance coverage directly, so you are not pursuing the individual’s private funds.
Who is most likely to be a victim of a premises liability case?
In a slip and fall premises liability the elderly are the most likely to suffer from injuries. In terms of dog bite premises liability, children are the most susceptible. While these are the two main age groups to be affected, anyone of any age can potentially have a premises liability claim.
What are the responsibilities of property owners?
Property owners are responsible for maintaining their property in safe condition and to eliminate hazards. It is their responsibility to keep their property safe for others.
Will the property owner’s insurance company contact me?
Yes, it is likely the property owner’s insurance company or their insurance adjuster will reach out to you if you have reported the accident. You will want to get legal representation before you contact them.