Portland Premises Liability Attorney
Portland premises liability accident cases are often very difficult to prove, particularly if the accident-causing hazardous condition was temporary, like wet floors or snow/ice. Because these cases are difficult, you need a qualified Portland premises liability attorney with the knowledge and skill needed to effectively handle the case.
If you have suffered a serious injury in Portland due to a property owner’s carelessness, contact DuBois Law Group. With our FREE consultation, our premises liability attorneys can help you decide whether you have a substantial case against a property owner and how to win. Call (503)-486-3697 today.
Why Choose A Portland Premises Liability Lawyer?
- Our Portland personal injury attorneys have years of experience working on personal injury cases for Portland residents, including victims of dangerous properties.
- Our lawyers prioritize direct and honest communication from consultation to settlement. You will always be able to ask questions about your case.
- Our firm charges a contingency fee for maximum affordability. If you do not recover compensation, you will not be charged legal fees.
What Are Some Common Injuries in Portland Premises Liability Cases?
Accidents on someone else’s property can result in severe, devastating injuries that often require extensive medical care. In certain cases, you can develop permanent disabilities that affect your ability to perform daily tasks. Some of the most common injuries in Portland premises liability cases include the following.
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Nerve damage
- Cuts and bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
How Are Portland Premises Liability And Negligent Security Cases Related?
Every Oregon property owner has a responsibility to make sure that people who are welcomed onto their property are protected from attack and injury. When that protection is not provided, people can get hurt and individuals can file a lawsuit against the owner of the unsafe premises in a negligent security lawsuit. As well as injuries caused by third-party attacks, these claims can also be filed if someone has been injured due to unsafe conditions.
Portland Premises Liability: Slip and Fall Accidents
In a slip-and-fall accident, a person must prove either a) the defendant caused the dangerous conditions, or b) knew about it and did nothing or c) should have known about it and did nothing.
If you had to count how many stores, homes, businesses, or other pieces of property you’ve been to over the last week, you might not be able to remember them all. In our fast-paced society, we seem to jump from place to place so we can accomplish what needs to get done. We never think that we might suffer an injury because of an unsafe property, or premises. Nevertheless, slip and fall cases are the most common injuries in premises liability law.
Under Oregon law, all property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their property in a safe and condition that is free of unreasonable danger or to warn property visitors if a hazardous condition exists. When an owner doesn’t adequately maintain their property and a visitor suffers an injury because of the dangerous condition, the property owner may be held responsible for the person’s injuries and related losses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 18,000 older adults die from fall-related injuries every year in the United States. In 2009, approximately 2.2 million older adults were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for nonfatal fall injuries, and 581,000 required hospitalization. Fall accidents affect not just our nation’s older population, but children as well. On average, about 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries every year.
Common injuries from an Oregon slip-and-fall accident range from cuts and broken bones to internal bleeding and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). When a person or business’ careless actions cause another person injury, the victim can seek money for their injury and related losses.
What Are Some Primary Causes of Portland Slip and Fall Accident Injuries?
There are many dangerous environments that cause a person to suffer a slip and fall accident injury in Oregon. Common dangers include:
- Broken stairs. When a step is broken or cracked, it can cause a person to trip or lose their balance, resulting in an injury. It is the duty of a property owner to repair any damaged stairs quickly to make sure someone visiting does not fall due to the broken or cracked step.
- Slippery floors. When a floor is slippery or wet because it was recently cleaned or if something is spilled and wasn’t cleaned up, a property owner must post warnings that tell people about the floor’s condition. If they don’t do this, an Oregon slip-and-fall injury accident may result.
- Uneven floors. When a property has floors that are uneven or cracked, it can cause a person to trip and fall, and potentially suffer an injury. If this problem is widespread on a property, the owner needs to carefully mark the dangerous area so visitors know to be cautious.
- Workplace injuries. Workplaces are notorious for slip-and-fall accidents, particularly construction sites. Property owners, employers, and contractors are responsible for giving their workers a safe working environment that does not present unreasonable dangers.
If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, or another type of premises liability incident, call our office to speak with our Portland premises liability attorneys now.
How Do You Prove an Oregon Premises Liability Lawsuit?
To secure compensation after an injury on someone else’s Portland property, you will need to prove that the owner is liable for your accident. Specifically, you will need to show that the owner’s negligence led to the hazardous condition and directly caused your accident and resulting damages. To accomplish this, you and your lawyer will need to provide enough evidence that satisfies the following elements.
- Duty: The property owner owed you a duty of care. All property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises, respond to hazards within a reasonable amount of time, and adequately warn visitors of potential danger.
- Breach of duty: The property owner breached his or her duty of care through a negligent act or failure to act. For example, if a landlord fails to repair a broken set of stairs after receiving months of repair requests from residents, he or she breaches his or her duty.
- Causation: The property owner’s breach of duty caused your accident and resulting in injuries. For example, a landlord who fails to repair broken stairs would be liable if a resident fell through those stairs and broke his or her leg.
- Damages: You sustained damages due to the property owner’s negligence that you can recover in your lawsuit. These may include medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Past Oregon Premises Liability Accident Case Example:
Premises Liability Accident Case Example: Negligent Building Design
K.H. was injured while at a party. She fell two stories onto concrete because of negligent design, building, and maintenance which caused her to lean against a “wall” that was actually a door to nothing. Sustaining permanent seizures, she needed cognitive therapy and physical therapy after her accident as well as time to heal from several broken back ones. As a student, K.H. was having a hard time returning to school and her volunteer work. This case settled for $500,000 before trial.
View our past Oregon Premises Liability Accident Case examples here.
How Long Do You Have to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in Oregon?
In Oregon, premises liability lawsuits are subject to a rule known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations establishes a filing deadline for your claim; if you do not file your lawsuit within the appropriate time period, the court will likely dismiss your case. You have two years from the date of your accident to file a premises liability lawsuit.
While there are certain exceptions to this rule, they are not always common in premises liability cases. It is important to contact a Portland premises liability attorney as soon as possible to protect your right to compensation.
Contact A Portland Premises Liability Lawyer From DuBois Law Group
Have you been injured on someone else’s Portland property? In these situations, you need an attorney on your side—and DuBois Law Group can help. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation and discuss your next steps with a Portland premises liability lawyer. (503) 222-4411