Premises Liability & Product Liability

Premises Liability Lawyers Hold Landowners Liable for Your Injuries

Recover damages for your slip, trip and fall accident

If you have tripped, slipped, fallen or been struck by an object on property that is poorly maintained, the landowner may be liable for your injuries. The Law Offices of Estwanik & May, PLLC has 12 years of experience representing injury victims in Charlotte property liability accidents. Our lawyer provides you with the straightforward, honest representation you need and the respect you deserve after you have suffered an injury.

Businesses owe you a duty to keep property safe

Society benefits from the premises liability legal standard. Your expectation of safety when you walk into an office building, financial institution, shopping mall, entertainment center or sports arena encourages you to visit these enterprises and engage in the commerce necessary to support Charlotte’s local economy. These businesses owe you the duty to keep the property in good condition and to warn you about hazardous conditions. If they neglect their obligations, you may have a cause of action for injuries caused by such property defects as:

  • Snow and ice accumulation
  • Slippery walkway or stairs
  • Uneven or cracked pavement
  • Broken railing
  • Unsecured or over-stacked shelving
  • Obstructed aisle
  • Dim lighting or other visual impediments
  • Blocked emergency exit
  • Exposed electrical sockets and wiring
  • Construction zone with no warning signs
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Inadequate security measures

Collecting evidence that supports the elements of a premises liability claim

To prevail, you must prove every element of a premises liability claim. Our Charlotte personal injury lawyer conducts a thorough investigation and gathers crucial evidence that:

  • The landowners owed you a duty of care – whether as a guest or as an invitee.
  • The landowner breached the duty by failing to maintain the property in good condition or failing to warn you of the hazards.
  • You were harmed because of the dangerous condition on the property.
  • You suffered damages.

Contributory negligence defense in North Carolina

Under the contributory negligence doctrine, negligent landowners can claim that they are not responsible for damages if you are even one percent at fault. Only a few states – including North Carolina – retain this draconian concept of blaming the victim for a minor mistake when the defendants’ actions caused the accident. Our lawyers proactively counter the contributory negligence defense to preclude unjust results in your case.

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