Washington D.C. Premises Liability Attorney
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a claim for damages. Property owners in Washington, D.C., are required to keep their premises safe for visitors; if they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any injuries.
If you are looking for a Washington D.C. premises liability lawyer, look no further than the experienced team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. We will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is an area of law that requires property owners to provide reasonably safe conditions for visitors and guests. While situations can vary depending on the type of property and guest involved, these laws generally require landowners to keep their property safe to benefit people using or occupying the land.
Whether the property is a public business, such as a retail store, supermarket, or restaurant, a housing complex, or a privately owned residence, there are laws that property owners must follow. When premises owners fail to follow these laws or neglect their duty to keep the property safe, people suffer injury. As a result, the landowner may be held accountable for the victim’s damages.
Why You Should Hire the Premises Liability Attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.
The Washington, D.C. premises liability lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have a proven track record of success in helping clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. Our firm has consistently demonstrated the expertise needed to help our clients see that justice is served. We have the resources necessary to conduct thorough investigations of all the circumstances contributing to a premises liability accident, gathering the evidence to establish negligence and other types of liability.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has obtained more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience. Two of our partners are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our firm has also earned the highest AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most respected attorney-ranking service organizations in the United States. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. attorneys work passionately on behalf of our clients to help them secure fair compensation – no case is too complex for us to litigate.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
There are many different types of premises liability claims, but some of the most common include:
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Third-Party Assaults
- Negligent Security
- Nightclub Liability
- Exposure to Toxic Mold & Substances
- Dog Bites
- Drowning Accidents
- Elevator Accidents
- Ice Hazards
- Fires & Smoke Injuries
- Hazardous Conditions in Apartment Buildings
- Outside Accidents
You may have a claim if you have been injured on someone else’s property. Contact the experienced premises liability attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. to discuss your case. We will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Statute of Limitations for D.C. Premises Liability Claims
The statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit. In Washington, D.C., the statute of limitations for premises liability claims is usually three (3) years from the date of the accident. This means that you have three (3) years from your injury to file a claim against the property owner. If you do not file within this timeframe, you will likely be barred from doing so. However, there are other deadlines that could apply if the property owner is the District of Columbia, the Federal Government, or other local agencies or municipalities. Contact a lawyer to determine the deadlines that apply in your case.
Do not wait to contact a lawyer if you have been injured on someone else’s property. The sooner you do, the better your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.
Proving Premises Liability in Washington, D.C.
Four elements must be proved to succeed in a premises liability claim in Washington, D.C.:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care.
- The property owner breached that duty.
- You were injured as a result of the property owner’s negligence
- You suffered damages as a result of your injuries.
For example, if you were shopping in Georgetown, slipped on a wet floor, and broke your arm, you would need to prove that the store owner owed you a duty of care and that they breached that duty by failing to clean up the spill in a timely manner, that you were injured as a result, and that you suffered damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc.) as a result of your injuries.
Determining who owed you a duty of care and whether or not that duty was breached can be complicated. That is why it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. The Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. team has been handling premises liability claims in Washington, D.C., for years, and we know what it takes to succeed. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Evidence You Can Use to Prove Your Case
Many types of evidence can be used to prove a premises liability case. Some of the most common include:
- Photographs of the hazard that caused your injuries
- Video footage of the accident
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Bills & receipts for medical treatment
- Lost wage documentation
Our DC premises liability lawyers will know how to use this evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
Damages Available in DC Premises Liability Cases
If you are successful in your premises liability claim, you may be awarded damages for your injuries. These can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
The amount of damages you are entitled to will depend on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life. The experienced team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. will fight to get you the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney in Washington, D.C. Today
If you are looking for the highest level of representation available for your personal injury case, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.
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