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Premise Liability Accidents

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crash lawyerPremise liability accidents are common lawsuits alleging personal injury in Wisconsin. Premises liability involves responsibility for injuries that arise from accidents on someone’s property. Such accidents, which may include slip and fall or trip and fall accidents (often devastating or fatal for older adults), occur in restaurants, hotels, water parks, parking lots, amusement parks, your neighbor’s house, and in a myriad of other locations.

If you are injured on another party’s premises and there is any chance you have been injured in any way, take certain steps to ensure that you preserve your claim and can recover the maximum amount available for the injuries you sustained, and contact a veteran personal injury attorney today.

What Should You Do Right after a Premises Liability Injury Occurs?

Whether you slipped on ice in the parking lot of your grocery store, bumped your head at the bottom of a water slide at a water park, or got clipped in the heel at a grocery store by a zealous shopper, there are many things you should do upon injury to preserve your claim. First and foremost, if you think you suffered any sort of injury, you should ask for immediate medical attention. The last thing you want to do is risk further injury by resuming normal activity before being checked by a medical professional. Make sure if there is any chance of serious injury that you ask for medical attention.

If you are injured on the premises of another, make sure the owner or manager is aware of your accident. Whenever possible, this should be done immediately, at the time of the accident. Late notification is often an impediment or bar to recovery, as insurance companies may react negatively. You should not only immediately report the accident, but if at all possible either you or someone else should photograph the scene of the accident and make a written report of what you believe caused you to fall or otherwise injure yourself. This is very important, as you will have to prove your claim at a later date. Tripping and falling is not enough – it has to be the fault of the property owner or another party. For example, if you fell on un-shoveled snow or ice, or due to improper lighting or a loose handrail on stairs, you need to photograph it when possible.

If there were any witnesses, you should try to get their names and contact information, as you may also need to call on them to help prove your claim down the road. Often times the property owner will get such statements, but will refuse to share them with you absent a court order or a litigation requirement.

What You Should Not Do after a Premises Liability Injury Occurs

Right after you are injured in a premises liability accident, the responsible party will often try to get you to sign a waiver of claims. No matter what, you should not give medical authorizations, recorded statements, or have substantive conversations with the property owner, insurance adjuster, or anyone else representing the responsible party. You also should not sign any waivers or anything else presented to you by the property owner or anyone on their behalf, until you have consulted an attorney.

Our Attorneys Can Help You

If you have been injured on the premises of another, you need to immediately contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney about your rights. Our lawyers have been representing victims injured from premises liability incidents for decades, and we are sensitive to the multitude of issues that surround claims like this. We stand ready to preserve your rights and ensure you recover the maximum amounts allowed by law for your premises liability injury, so call us at 414-271-1440 or send us an e-mail today.

Sources:

http://cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html

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