When a person becomes injured in an accident on another person’s property, they may want to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent owner. In order to bring a lawsuit, you need to determine who the property owner is. This is easy to determine when you know the property owner who may be a neighbor, for example. However, when you are injured in a store or a parking lot, you may have a more difficult time.
Property owners are held responsible for keeping their property in safe condition for anyone who may enter it. The person who was injured will be subject to the burden of proof. This means that the injured person will have to show that the property owner neglected to maintain their property in safe condition. If you become injured on another person’s property, you should collect evidence of the hazardous conditions prior to leaving the scene of the accident, if possible. You can do this by taking pictures or videos of the conditions that caused you to become injured. Evidence on the scene of an accident is very time sensitive so it is important that you take pictures prior to leaving the property because it can easily be removed. This is especially the case when the dangerous conditions that existed on the property were weather related. Ice can quickly melt once the temperature warms up. Of course, it differs in each situation depending on how the injury was obtained.
If you have been injured in an accident on another person’s property, it is important that you have the representation of an experienced personal injury attorney who can provide you with assistance.
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