What If I Slipped & Fell Outside of Someone Else’s Property?

August 5, 2014

Although most people know that they would be entitled to compensation if they were negligently injured while inside of a retail store or privately owned home, many do not realize that the same legal standard applies to injuries that are sustained on the surrounding areas of the premises. According to Wisconsin law, property owners are generally responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for their visitors. This means that they must take reasonable measures to remedy any obvious hazards, conduct routine maintenance and post necessary warning signs on all areas over which they exercise control—including the spaces both inside and outside of the building that they manage. Should they fail to do so, and a guest is subsequently harmed, they would be liable for paying damages.

For this reason, it is important to understand that you may be entitled to compensation if you were injured while entering or exiting another person’s property, or even just passing by. As long as you can prove that the property owner is responsible for maintaining the safety of that specific area, you would have legitimate grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit. You must, however, concurrently be able to show that a) the property owner owed you a duty of care, b) the property owner failed to act in a reasonable manner and c) the property owner’s negligence caused you to suffer damages to your person and/or property. If all of these factors existed at the time of the accident, there is a good chance that you would be able to secure a substantial amount of monetary compensation.

To ensure that you have a valid claim, it is highly recommended that you speak with a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer from Welcenbach Law Offices, S.C. This area of the law can prove to be quite complex, which means that cases of this nature require a thorough investigation and extensive preparation. Fortunately, our firm understands the ins and outs of Wisconsin’s premises liability laws, so you can rest assured that your case is in competent hands when you trust in us to represent you. Whether you were injured inside or outside of someone else’s property, we will work diligently to develop a solid legal strategy on your behalf. All you have to do is take the first step and retain the help that you will need. For this reason, we ask you to contact our firm today at (414) 375-9133 for a free initial consultation.