If you are injured on someone else’s property, are you responsible for paying for your injuries, or is the landowner responsible? Speaking with a NC Premise Liability Lawyer can help you flesh out if your injury is compensable. The Bishop Law Firm offers free case consultations, (919) 615-3095.
NC Premise Liability Law
As with other NC personal injury claims, you have three years to file a claim for an injury you sustained on the property of another due to their negligence. As discussed elsewhere on this site, NC is a contributory negligence state which means that you must be without fault to recover for your injury.
Generally, NC landowners owe no duty to trespassers onto their property, but there are exceptions. For example, swimming pools are considered by NC law as attractive nuisances which means children are likely to come onto your property and try to swim. Because of this, if you own a swimming pool, you are required to keep a fence around it to protect people from drowning, even though it is on your property.
If you are a lawful visitor onto someone else’s property, the owner owes you a duty of reasonable care not to unnecessarily expose you to dangerous situations and to warn you of any hidden dangers. The determination of what reasonable care means and unnecessary exposure to risk and whether a landowner has breached this duty is often a matter for the jury to decide. In terms of hidden dangers, for example, if there is a hole in the grass that is not readily apparent, a landowner, must warn lawful visitors of the hole. If there is an obvious hole, the landowner has no duty to warn the guest, because a reasonable person should have seen the hole.
Businesses have a duty to keep their stores safe, to protect their customers from unnecessary injuries. For example, if water is spilled on the floor at the grocery store, it can be difficult for a customer to see it, and they could easily slip and fall on it without knowing it is there. This is why places like grocery stores typically clean spills quickly and put up wet floor signs after mopping.
Similarly, home owners have a duty to keep their guests safe from unreasonable dangers. If your friend’s dog attacks you, typically their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover your injuries. Read our post NC Dog Bite Personal Injury Lawyer for more information.
An apartment complex has a duty to provide adequate security to its tenants. If the apartment complex is aware of muggings and break-ins on their premises and does nothing to improve safety, they can be liable to someone who is a victim of crime on the apartment’s property.
Do you need a NC Premise Liability Lawyer?
A NC Premise Liability Lawyer can determine whether the landowner is responsible and if they have insurance coverage for your injuries. Sometimes even when the landowner is not at fault, their insurance company will pay for medical bills only. This coverage is called no fault medpay coverage. If you are injured on someone else’s property and are unsure whether you have a case, you can call The Bishop Law Firm at (919) 615-3095 for a free case evaluation by an NC premise liability lawyer. The Bishop Law Firm represents personal injury clients in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, and surrounding areas in North Carolina. We do not get paid unless we win your case!