Rhode Island Premises Liability Lawyer

If you have been injured because of an unreasonably dangerous condition on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to file a premises liability claim to recover compensation for your injuries.

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  • Present and future accident-related medical costs
  • Present and future accident-related lost wages
  • Physical pain and mental anguish
  • Household expenses

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What is premises liability?

Premises liability claims are personal injury claims against negligent property owners. Property owners have a duty to maintain their property reasonably free of hazards, or to at least provide adequate notice of any hazardous conditions that cannot be immediately corrected. When they fail to do so and someone gets hurt, the property owner may be held liable for those injuries.

Premises liability is not only about slip and fall accidents, although those are among the most common types of claims. Virtually any type of injury sustained on someone else’s property that was caused by the negligence of the property owner or another responsible party could fall under the category of premises liability. This type of claim can involve individual homeowners, retail establishments, business offices, restaurants, government entities, landlords, hotels and many others.

In order to hold a property owner liable for injuries, a claimant must usually prove more than simply that a hazardous condition existed on the property and caused the injuries. Property owners generally can be held liable if they knew or reasonably could have been expected to know about the hazardous condition, yet failed to take appropriate action.

For example, if you slip and fall in a store because another customer dropped a jar and caused a spill seconds before your accident, you may not have a valid claim against the store owner. However, if the spill occurred earlier enough that the store employees or the owner knew or should have known about it but failed to take care it, you may have a valid claim for compensation.

Additionally, in order to have a valid claim, the injured party usually must have been on the premises legally – as a customer, resident, client or an invited guest, for example. A person who is injured while trespassing on a property may not have a claim unless the owner knew that the person was trespassing and allowed it to occur. Property owners may still be held liable for trespassing children who may have been lured onto the property by an “attractive nuisance,” such as a swimming pool.

When you bring a claim for compensation in a premises liability case, you must prove certain things to establish a valid claim. Essentially, you must show that:

  • A defect existed in the property.
  • That defect caused your injuries.
  • The party from whom you are claiming damages owns, occupies or otherwise controls the property.
  • That party knew or should have known about the defect on the property and failed to fix it or adequately warn about it.


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More about premises liability


Do you have a Premises Liability Case?

There are many types of premises liability cases, involving much more than just dangerous defects in a building or grounds. Examples of premises liability accidents and injuries may include:

  • Food poisoning at restaurants.
  • Slip and fall accidents.
  • Dog bites.
  • Porch or deck collapses.
  • Swimming pool accidents.
  • Escalator and elevator accidents.
  • Violent crime resulting from inadequate security.
  • Amusement park accidents.
  • Stairway accidents.
  • Gym and fitness center accidents.

These are but a few examples of the many types of injuries that may give rise to a premises liability claim.


Common Premises Liability Injuries

Many types of injuries can result from property owner negligence, ranging from minor injuries to death. Examples of injuries commonly sustained in premises liability accidents include:

  • Sprains, fractures, torn ligaments, lacerations, spinal cord injury and brain injury caused by slip and fall accidents.
  • Punctures, crush injuries, nerve damage, sprains, strains, infection and emotional damage from dog bites.
  • Fractures, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and death from porch and deck collapses.
  • Burn injuries from exposure to heat, flames, corrosive chemicals or electricity.
  • Traumatic brain injury, drowning and near-drowning in swimming pool accidents.
  • Head and neck injuries from unsecured free weights, slip and fall injuries from puddles on the floor, and violent crime injuries resulting from inadequate security in gyms, parking garages, restaurants, and bars.

How Marasco & Nesselbush Can Help

The experienced and compassionate premises liability attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush are prepared to stand by you every step of the way in your premises liability claim. We have dedicated our practice exclusively to helping injured and disabled people, and we want to help you as well.

Being injured on someone else’s property is a scary and awkward situation, whether it happens at a commercial business or a privately owned home. Not only are you suffering physically, but also mentally because of the trauma of the accident. We understand that dealing with the responsible party is the last thing you want to do, so we are prepared to handle that part of the situation for you, allowing you to focus on recovering and getting on with your life.

Our attorneys and staff work hard to investigate accidents and establish solid claims. We can also determine the full extent of your losses, which may include:

  • Medical bills, including hospitalization, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
  • Current and future lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Emotional distress.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Loss of consortium or companionship.
  • Wrongful death compensation in cases of loss of a loved one.

At Marasco & Nesselbush, we have the skills, experience, and resources to deal with insurance companies, protect your interests and fight aggressively for full and fair compensation on your behalf.

Contact our firm today for a free case consultation if you have been injured on someone else’s property and believe you may have a premises liability claim.

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