Salt Lake City Premises Liability Attorney

In Utah, property owners must take certain steps to ensure that their buildings and pieces of land are reasonably free of safety hazards. If you or one of your family members was injured on another person’s property in Salt Lake City, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses and hardships you’ve suffered due to your accident. This type of personal injury case is called a “premises liability” case.

With over 33 years of experience representing injury victims, Salt Lake premises liability lawyer Jay Sheen has successfully resolved numerous personal injury matters on behalf of his clients. Jay takes a nuanced, strategic approach to each case he handles, and is committed to fighting for maximum compensation for you and your loved ones.

Even if you aren’t quite sure whether you have a case, please do not hesitate to call Jay at (801) 618-3580 for a free and confidential assessment. Jay can answer your legal questions and help you understand how to proceed. Overson & Sheen handles premises liability lawsuits and injury claims throughout the state of Utah.

 

When Are Property Owners Liable for Injuries to Visitors or Customers?

The term “premises liability” expresses the idea that in Utah, property owners can be held responsible for compensating people who get injured while visiting or living at unsafe properties. Premises liability extends to many different types of indoor and outdoor properties, including but not limited to:

  • Apartment Complexes
  • Bars
  • Casinos
  • Coffeeshops
  • College Campuses
  • Concert and Music Venues
  • Department Stores
  • Fast Food Franchises
  • Grocery Stores
  • Gyms
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Movie Theatres
  • Museums
  • Parking Lots and Parking Garages
  • Pet Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping Malls
  • Sidewalks
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Subway Stations
  • Swimming Pools

Property owners are not automatically liable solely because an accident occurs on the premises. The circumstances surrounding the accident are what ultimately determine liability for the victim’s injuries. In order for the property owner to be held liable for the victim’s injuries, the plaintiff or claimant must use evidence to prove four core points: duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages.

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Salt Lake City Premises Liability Attorney

In Utah, property owners must take certain steps to ensure that their buildings and pieces of land are reasonably free of safety hazards. If you or one of your family members was injured on another person’s property in Salt Lake City, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses and hardships you’ve suffered due to your accident. This type of personal injury case is called a “premises liability” case.

With over 33 years of experience representing injury victims, Salt Lake premises liability lawyer Jay Sheen has successfully resolved numerous personal injury matters on behalf of his clients. Jay takes a nuanced, strategic approach to each case he handles, and is committed to fighting for maximum compensation for you and your loved ones.

Even if you aren’t quite sure whether you have a case, please do not hesitate to call Jay at (801) 618-3580 for a free and confidential assessment. Jay can answer your legal questions and help you understand how to proceed. Overson & Sheen handles premises liability lawsuits and injury claims throughout the state of Utah.

When Are Property Owners Liable for Injuries to Visitors or Customers?

The term “premises liability” expresses the idea that in Utah, property owners can be held responsible for compensating people who get injured while visiting or living at unsafe properties. Premises liability extends to many different types of indoor and outdoor properties, including but not limited to:

  • Apartment Complexes
  • Bars
  • Casinos
  • Coffeeshops
  • College Campuses
  • Concert and Music Venues
  • Department Stores
  • Fast Food Franchises
  • Grocery Stores
  • Gyms
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Movie Theatres
  • Museums
  • Parking Lots and Parking Garages
  • Pet Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping Malls
  • Sidewalks
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Subway Stations
  • Swimming Pools

Property owners are not automatically liable solely because an accident occurs on the premises. The circumstances surrounding the accident are what ultimately determine liability for the victim’s injuries. In order for the property owner to be held liable for the victim’s injuries, the plaintiff or claimant must use evidence to prove four core points: duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages.

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Premises Liability Slip and Fall Claims and Lawsuits

Unfortunately, there are many ways that a person can be hurt on another person’s property in Utah. For example, a person could be hit by a falling object, get one of their limbs caught in a malfunctioning door or escalator, or suffer electrical burns due to defective wiring.

That being said, most premises liability lawsuits involve a specific type of accident known as a slip and fall accident, which is an accidental fall from slipping or tripping. Like other types of injuries in premises liability claims, slip and fall injuries are often caused by hazards arising from inadequate, negligent maintenance.

Even though slip and fall accidents tend to involve low speeds and short distances, they still have the potential to result in severe, permanently disabling, or even fatal injuries. For instance, it is common for slip and fall victims to suffer wrist fractures as they reflexively hold out their arms to brace for the impact. Other serious and catastrophic injuries commonly caused by slip and fall accidents include:

  • Back Injuries
  • Bone Fractures/Broken Bones
  • Broken Noses
  • Concussions
  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Facial Disfigurement
  • Facial Injuries
  • Hand Fractures
  • Head Injuries
  • Hip Fractures
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
  • Tooth and Mouth Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Statistics on Falls in the Elderly

While people of all ages can suffer catastrophic injuries from trip and fall accidents, senior citizens are at increased risk. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, among adults over age 65, over 95% of hip fractures result from accidental falls. Falls are also a leading cause of TBI, which can have devastating effects. Depending on which area of the brain is injured and how extensive the tissue damage is, TBI can result in:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Chronic Pain
  • Incontinence
  • Loss of Sensation
  • Memory Loss
  • Paralysis

Compensation for Injuries on Someone Else’s Property

While a lawsuit or injury claim cannot rewind the clock to undo your accident, compensation can help to lighten the financial burden resulting from your medical bills and other injury-related expenses. Additionally, filing a lawsuit against the person or business whose negligence led to your injury can help to give you a sense of closure that justice was done. By taking legal action, you may even prevent another person from becoming a victim of the same property defect.

There are two broad types of financial compensation, or “damages,” for a personal injury:

  1. Punitive Damages
  2. Compensatory Damages

Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant. Punitive damages may be available if the following are true:

  1. There is “clear and convincing evidence that the acts or omissions of the tortfeasor are the result of willful and malicious or intentionally fraudulent conduct.” “Clear and convincing evidence” is a standard of proof that is more rigorous than “a preponderance of the evidence,” but less strict than “beyond a reasonable doubt” (which is used in criminal cases). The “tortfeasor” is the defendant.
  2. Compensatory damages are also awarded.

In contrast to punitive damages, compensatory damages are simply intended to compensate the victim. There are two types of compensatory damages:

  1. Economic Damages (Special Damages)
  2. Non-Economic Damages (General Damages)

“Economic damages” refers to compensation for financial losses (such as medical bills), while “non-economic damages” refers to compensation for physical and emotional pain (such as loss of enjoyment of life). Depending on the circumstances, examples of compensatory damages available in a premises liability case include:

  • Diminished Earning Capacity
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life
  • Loss of Income
  • Medical Bills
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Scarring and Disfigurement

Don’t worry about memorizing any of these terms; your personal injury attorney will be there to handle the legal matters and answer your questions as your case progresses. We simply present this information to help give you a clearer picture of the types of damages that may be awarded in a premises liability lawsuit in Utah.

Contact a Salt Lake City Premises Liability Lawyer for Help

Jay Sheen wants to send a clear message to business owners and property owners that placing profits ahead of safety is unacceptable. If you or a loved one got hurt while shopping, dining at a restaurant, visiting an apartment complex, or at another hazardous property, Jay will fight aggressively to recover the full compensation to which you may be entitled.

The law firm of Overson & Sheen accepts personal injury cases throughout Utah, including cases in Utah County, Davis County, Weber County, Box Elder County, Tooele County, Wasatch County, Summit County, and beyond. We are selective in the cases we take on, enabling us to devote our resources to an intensive, comprehensive investigation of your accident.

To set up a free legal consultation with Jay Sheen concerning a slip and fall claim or other type of premises liability claim, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 618-3580 today. If you cannot travel due to your injuries, we are more than happy to come to your location. We want to make the process as easy for you as possible.