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Premises Liability

Concord Premises Liability Attorneys

Accident Claims for Slips, Falls, Dog Bites & More

Property owners in Concord must take reasonable steps to prevent accidents that would hurt a guest, visitor, or patron. If they do not, and someone is injured due to a property defect, then the injured person could file an injury claim called a premises liability claim.

Upton & Hatfield, LLP can help you understand and use your rights if you were hurt while on someone else’s property, whether it was a residential, commercial, or industrial property. Our Concord premises liability lawyers have been helping locals in need of reliable legal counsel since 1908. Trust our experience to make this complicated situation more manageable, so you can pursue full compensation for your injuries without feeling more stress.

Learn about premises liability cases and see if you have one by calling (603) 716-9777.

Invitees, Licensees & Trespassers

Under premises liability law, it is important to establish the relationship between the person who was injured and the property owner. Depending on the details of that relationship, gauging liability and negligence can look quite different.

People who are on someone else’s property are usually considered one of the following:

  • Invitees: Someone who is invited to the property for the benefit of the property owner is considered an invitee. A common example of an invitee is a customer inside a retail or grocery store. A property owner or proprietor owes the highest duty of care to invitees.
  • Licensees: Someone who comes to a piece of property for their own benefit is considered a licensee. A common example of a licensee is a social guest who visits a friend’s house, whether they were invited or not. A proprietor owes a considerable duty of care to licensees.
  • Trespassers: Someone who enters a piece of property unlawfully or when they reasonably should have known that they were not welcome there is considered a trespasser. Property owners are generally expected to show only a minimal duty of care to trespassers. However, a proprietor can’t intentionally make the property dangerous for potential trespassers, such as failing to hang a sign that warns of an aggressive dog on the premises.

Our legal team at Upton & Hatfield, LLP can represent invitees, licensees, and even trespassers who were injured on someone else’s property. Don’t rule out your case right away just because you aren’t sure if you were allowed to be there when you were hurt. Call (603) 716-9777, explain the situation to our Concord premises liability attorneys, and we will let you know what legal steps to take next.

Different Forms of Property Defects

A property defect can take many different forms, some more obvious than others. We can investigate your claim to uncover the exact cause and origin of the defect. If possible, please provide our attorneys with any photographs or statements about the accident that you collected immediately after it happened.

Property defects that are commonly cited in premises liability cases include:

  • Cracked sidewalks or asphalt
  • Slippery tile floors
  • Uplifted rugs or carpeting
  • Missing handrails
  • Uneven steps
  • Uncontrolled dogs
  • Negligent security measures

Premises Liability Defense Arguments

When you let our team handle your premises liability lawyers handle your case, you can be confident that it will be ready for whatever the defense uses against it. We have heard many different defense arguments throughout the years, and we have always found creative and legally sound ways to challenge them.

One of the most used defenses against premises liability claims is that the property owner didn’t have time to correct the issue before it hurt someone. For example, if you slipped on a spilled drink in a restaurant only moments after another customer dropped it, then the restaurant owner might be less liable because there was not a reasonable amount of time to bring a mop and clean it. On the other hand, if the spilled drink was left unattended for several minutes before you slipped on it, then the restaurant would likely be more liable.

We can conduct a thorough investigation of the situation to anticipate what defense arguments could be used. To begin, we will want to see if there was anything the defendant could have reasonably done to make sure you weren’t hurt.

Schedule an Initial Consultation with Upton & Hatfield, LLP

Leave the complicated and stressful parts of your case up to our Concord premises liability attorneys. We are here to make sure that you can pursue fair compensation that reflects your injuries and the losses that they caused. No matter what the defense puts between you and recovery, we will be ready.

Contact us online to request a case evaluation.

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