Washington D.C. Premises Liability Attorneys
If you’ve been injured while in public or on another person’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Many injury-causing incidents occur as the direct result of dangerous property. When property owners or managers in Washington D.C. fail to address hazards or perform routine maintenance, their oversight costs victims both physically and financially.
If you have been injured on poorly maintained premises, you don’t have to face your situation alone. A lawyer will help you hold the responsible party accountable and recover compensation so that you have the financial resources that you need to recover.
The experienced legal team at CHASENBOSCOLO has over 30 years of experience representing injury survivors, having won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients over the years. Between medical expenses and lost wages, the financial impact of an injury can easily throw victims and their families into crisis. Not only do we fight for the maximum amount of compensation for our clients, but we also do not accept payment unless we secure a favorable outcome for you. To discuss your situation with a member of our team, call us today at (301) 220-0050.
Do I Need a Premises Liability Lawyer?
If you’re considering hiring an injury lawyer to represent your case, it may be the first time that you have needed legal representation. Making the decision to hire an attorney can be confusing, but understand that with the help of an attorney you stand to achieve a far better legal outcome than you would alone.
Those who choose to file an injury claim independently, no matter how competent they are, often do not understand the legal complications of their case. For this reason, an injury victim may accept a settlement that is nowhere near suitable for the losses they have experienced. With a seasoned attorney managing your affairs, you can feel confident that your claim is being looked after properly.
Not only will a skilled injury lawyer help you recover a larger settlement, but they will also help the process move along as efficiently as possible. Any delays that the at-fault party, their lawyer, or insurer may attempt to cause will be apparent and easily circumvented by an experienced injury lawyer.
Even when the at-fault party is the cause of a victim’s injury, they may attempt to shift blame to the victim. A lawyer who understands what you’ve been through and how your injury occurred will be able to use what they know to fight against these defenses so that you can recover what you’ve lost.
Why Hire CHASENBOSCOLO to Handle my Case?
The lawyers at CHASENBOSCOLO understand that each case is unique and has its own nuances and complexities. Over the 30+ years that we’ve been working within our community, we’ve seen injury cases of all varieties. We are committed to treating each case with the personal attention that it deserves. Some of our lawyers’ many strengths include:
- Experience – Not only does our legal experience span three decades, but, in addition to Washington D.C., our lawyers represent cases in Maryland and Virginia. We’ve been in the game for a long time and have the experience and track record to prove why people trust us with their cases.
- Results – We know just how hard your finances are hit when you’re injured. We assess your losses – past, present, and future – to make sure we recover the resources you need to move forward. The team at CHASENBOSCOLO has won millions of dollars for our past clients, including over $2.6 million in premises liability injury cases alone.
- Accessibility – We know that injuries have a way of turning your life inside out. Entrusting your case to a lawyer isn’t always easy, which is why we are committed to being accessible to you when you need to speak with us.
If you’ve been hurt because someone else failed to honor their duties, find a lawyer and fight back. There is surely no shortage of injury lawyers in the Washington D.C. area. We know you have plenty of great options, which is why – through our service, legal skill, and results – we aim to show you that by choosing CHASENBOSCOLO, you’ve made the right choice.
Washington D.C. Premises Liability Cases We Handle
When a property owner fails to address hazards and perform routine maintenance, their property can pose a threat to guests and visitors. When a property owner or manager doesn’t hold themselves to the legal standard of care, injury victims have the right to file a claim against them. Injuries can quickly rack up exorbitant expenses in medical costs, especially if the victim does not have health insurance coverage. Commonly reported premises liability injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Electrical shocks
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
While some injury survivors are able to make a full recovery, this is, unfortunately, not the case for everyone. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis force injury victims to confront mental and physical limitations long after the incident occurs. No matter the severity of your injuries, you deserve quality, tenacious representation.
Common Property Hazards in Washington D.C.
Taking action against a negligent property owner can impact future behavior and potentially save other people from injuries. Depending on if you are on commercial property or a residence, the type of danger you encounter may differ. The following can all cause serious injuries to guests and visitors on unsafe premises:
- Slippery floors
- Uneven sidewalks
- Torn carpeting
- Unsecured wiring
- Inadequate security
- Defective escalators and elevators
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Structurally compromised staircases
- Inadequate lighting
- Hotel injuries
- Slip and falls
When a property manager is aware of a risk, they have a duty to let guests know of this risk so they have the information that they need to stay safe. For example, if the floor in a store has recently been mopped, a sign needs to block the area off to let customers know they should avoid walking on the floor or practice extra caution. Most property owners also have a duty to routinely monitor their premises for hazards. Just because a property owner wasn’t aware of a hazard doesn’t mean they aren’t liable for your injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re struggling with the physical and financial impact of an injury, you likely have questions. Get in touch with our team for a free consultation. A skilled member of our team will listen to you and address your concerns and questions.
What is Contributory Negligence?
If you are planning on filing an injury claim, the at-fault property manager or their insurer may attempt to shift some of the blame onto you. If they are successfully able to do so, this could seriously hurt your case. Under the contributory negligence rule, if an injury victim is found to have any fault in the accident, no matter how small, they will be barred from recovering any compensation. Since this rule can have such a harsh impact on legal outcomes, you need a lawyer to fight against any defenses that the at-fault party may try to use.
How Long Do I Have to File?
Injury victims in Washington D.C. have three years to take legal action. The clock typically starts running from the date the injury occurred. If you or a loved one has been injured, speak about your case with a lawyer as soon as possible. You will be able to recall the details of the incident much more easily, and it will be much easier to confirm the unsafe condition of the property.
If you have a loved one who passed away from injuries sustained on unsafe property, then you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Washington D.C. allows you up to two years to do so from the date that your loved one passed away.
What is Duty of Care?
A duty of care is the legal obligation that a property owner has to the people that inhabit their premises. This duty differs depending on the type of visitor on a property. There are three types of visitors: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. An invitee is someone who is explicitly or implicitly invited or permitted to be on the property for the property owner’s economic benefit. An invitee includes shoppers in a grocery store or a patron at a restaurant. Legally, a property owner owes invitees the greatest duty of care.
Licensees are the people who have permission to be on property but are not explicitly invited. An example of a licensee is a sales representative calling on an office building, or a houseguest. Licensees are owed a substantial duty of care, but slightly less than invitees.
The last type of visitor is a trespasser. Property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers since they do not have permission to be on the property.
Let an Experienced Lawyer Fight for You
If you’ve been the victim of another person’s negligence, you have the right to take legal action. The Washington D.C. team at CHASENBOSCOLO understands how disruptive serious injuries are to your life. Our team is ready to offer you support and help you understand your options moving forward. To speak with a member of our team today, call us at (301) 220-0050.