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If you suffered injuries due to a Hudson property owner’s failure to take reasonable precautions to prevent harm, you have options. One of our Hudson premises liability lawyers can pursue damages.
With over 14 years in business, Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers have encountered thousands of injured and disabled clients. We support accident victims in fighting for damages. Our premises liability team understands the help you need, and it starts with treating and paying for your injuries.
Premises liability cases involve trips, slips, falls, bites, and burns. What you suffered in your accident is unique to you. We can help pursue compensation to cover your losses.
You could recover the costs of:
Compensation covers both past and future injury expenses. Our Hudson premises liability lawyers can work closely with your doctor. We can also speak to experts like actuaries and economists to understand how your injury will impact you long-term, both medically and financially.
For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs can carry lifelong consequences, affecting sensory perception, cognition and memory, and mood. Damages can cover the expense of initial TBI treatment and the costs associated with management. These can include antidepressants or physical therapy.
Injuries often have mental health components and impact your personal life. Depending on the type of accident you suffered, you could face life-changing consequences. Non-economic damages can cover traumatic memories or permanent changes to your ability to work.
The following could qualify you for a financial award:
When you hire our team, we personally examine your case with attention to how the accident has affected every corner of your life. Tell the premises liability attorneys at our Hudson office about how the injury changed your day-to-day experiences. This might include your ability to work, your romantic intimacy, or how you enjoy your hobbies.
Damages are undoubtedly important, but they represent only one facet of what our attorneys can do. You might think of lawyers as appropriate for lawsuits. However, we can help move your premises liability case forward before filing a suit. You can even call us right after the accident.
We offer aid in the form of:
Insurance companies may try to pressure you into settling before you even fully understand your injuries. They also may try to convince you to give a recorded statement immediately. We can talk to them on your behalf and determine what your case is worth before accepting any settlements.
Liable parties try to hide behind complicated terminology. Fortunately, we are fluent in legal jargon and can help you understand your rights and responsibilities. Additionally, we can evaluate any liability waivers you may have signed. Our team can determine if you still have a case if you did sign such a document.
Experts can provide a better understanding of your injuries, your background, and your future. They can even reconstruct the events that led to your accident. We can consult these experts to bolster your case. We know when to ask for additional help.
If you’re worried about affording the services of our award-winning law firm, don’t be! At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we are aware of the financial stress of pursuing an injury case, and we think that’s enough for you already.
For that reason, we promise:
We only receive payment if you do. Until then, you don’t have to worry about anything but healing and adjusting to your new normal. We do the work of pursuing your compensation.
Our team is confident enough to work on contingency because we have a track record to prove our success. We have recovered tens of millions for our clients, with six- and seven-figure results for cases just like yours. To read more stories, check out our case results page.
All premises liability victims, like all personal injury victims, are required to provide evidence of negligence. In simple terms, negligence is when someone acts in a way that causes harm to another person, despite that harm being preventable.
In legal terms, it means demonstrating four points:
For a premises liability case like yours, the duty of care belonged to the property owner to provide a safe place for visitors.
The breach of duty of care could be failing to address:
Our premises liability lawyers then link that Hudson property owner’s breach of duty of care to your injuries. The fact that the breach of duty of care injured you entitles you to compensation from the negligent party.
Wisconsin adheres to the doctrine of contributory negligence. This involves a portion of fault assigned to each person involved in an accident. The portion amount depends on how much one party’s negligence contributed to the accident (WI Stat § 895.045). Unfortunately, that can mean a property owner might attempt to blame you for a larger portion of your accident.
Even if you somehow played a role in your injuries, such as texting while walking on someone’s property, you can still receive damages. You just have to be less responsible for the accident than the other party. Your proportion of fault reduces your potential compensation.
For example, if you were 20 percent responsible for the accident because of improper footwear, your proportion of fault would reduce your damages by 20 percent. Because the other party is 80 percent responsible, you still have grounds for a case.
This branch of law covers injuries due to:
Even if you don’t see your accident listed here, you may still be eligible for compensation through a Hudson premises liability case.
The onus is on the injured party to provide sufficient evidence that a property owner was negligent. To support your case, we utilize evidence from a variety of diverse sources. This allows us to demonstrate to an insurance adjuster, judge, or jury that the other party wronged you.
Some information we may use includes:
Every accident is unique. Your accident might even be the first of its kind in Hudson. As a result, your damages—and the evidence we use to prove them—will not be the same as another car accident victim’s. Our premises liability attorneys investigate your case to find support that suits your situation.
Under Wisconsin law, dogs are considered property. This means any injuries they cause are the responsibility of the owner. This classification makes dog bite cases a form of premises liability. Wisconsin is a strict liability state. So, under WI Stat §174.02, a bite victim can hold the owner liable even if a dog showed no prior aggression.
If the dog did show prior aggression, the victim could hold the owner liable for double the amount of damages. The dog must have bitten someone before your attack (and the owner had to have known about it) for this to be relevant to you.
Wisconsin’s strict dog bite laws imply that the bite itself is evidence of negligence. The law also allows you to pursue damages for other injuries a dog causes. Such injuries could include broken bones or bruises from being knocked down in the attack.
Hudson residents can also suffer injuries when they leave land. While taking a riverboat ride shouldn’t include the risk of injury, it sometimes does. Slipping and falling or another type of accident could qualify you for damages.
If you suffered illness or injury on a boat, you might be able to hold any of the following liable:
If the boat owner or operator did not clean up a spill in enough time or did not address an obstructed walkway, we could hold them responsible.
Witness statements can be crucial evidence in these cases, corroborating your account of what happened. We can also interview employees and research if the owner or operator has a pattern of negligent behavior.
We can hold property owners responsible for how they react to hazards posed by snow and ice.
That can include:
Our investigators can review photo and video evidence of the site. They can also visit the property to identify any building or equipment defects that contributed to the hazard. Improper drainage, lack of signs, and maintenance failures can all be grounds for an ice or snow case.
Some property owners are responsible for keeping the premises safe from crime and violence. For example, if an apartment complex or hotel is a neighborhood with a high crime rate, property owners should be aware of the increased risk. They should then take steps to protect visitors and residents.
Grounds for your claim could be a lack of:
Evidence to support your case could include reports of crime in the area or past incidents on the property. Such occurrences could indicate that the property owner was or should have been aware of an issue.
We can also utilize evidence from the crime, such as doors or windows forced open due to faulty locks. Failures of a surveillance system or negligence by a guard can also highlight that a property owner did not take necessary precautions.
Naturally, we want to help you avoid the stress of a trial and will try to negotiate a settlement out of court. However, even as we work toward that goal, we will prepare for trial to show the negligent party that we are serious.
Part of that process is remaining mindful of the statute of limitations for your premises liability case. In Wisconsin, you generally have three years to file a suit under WI Stat § 893.54.
We spend that time:
In some cases, the deadline is shorter, such as when suing a governmental body. Under WI Stat § 893.80, you must give notice within 120 days that you will be pursuing legal action. That notice outlines the grounds for your case.
Pursuing a governmental body, such as for failing to properly maintain sidewalks or roads, can be challenging. Many municipalities have laws protecting them from liability. If you suffered an accident because of a municipality’s negligence, we could tell you about your filing window and eligibility.
When you suffer an injury at the hands of another party, it is often their direct actions that result in an accident and harm to you. Consider a car that crashes into you.
There are, however, other ways that a party can be liable to you for an accident and the injuries that follow. One of the most common causes of personal injuries has to do with the conditions of a property.
Premises liability cases can occur in various circumstances that include work, recreation, day-to-day entry, and visitation of properties in your community. If you suffer an injury that you believe is the fault of a property owner, you may be eligible for compensation under the law.
Every single parcel of property, including land and buildings, has a property owner, as well as the businesses or parties they place in charge of the operation and upkeep of a location. Premises in a premises liability case can refer to land, buildings, or structures within a certain area controlled by a property owner.
Property owners determine who is eligible for entry onto their property. While some properties may be private and there are limitations and exclusions for entry, other properties may be open to the public. Once a property owner allows other individuals to come onto their property, whether for work, business, recreation, or personal benefit, they must protect those that visit their land or buildings from preventable harm and injury.
When a property owner fails to uphold their duty of care to guests of their property and an accident and injuries take place, the law allows for victims of those accidents to seek compensation for the losses and damages they suffer.
Many circumstances can contribute to the injury or even death of an individual while on the property of another party.
Premise liability accidents can essentially happen anywhere at any time. In fact, you likely face risks to your safety each day as you go about your daily errands and routines. In many cases, you may realize the danger or are just plain lucky and avoid potential harm to yourself.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The CDC reports that in just one year over 170,000 people will lose their life in an unintentional accident. While this number is not representative only of premises liability-related accidents, many of these cases are individuals who sustain injuries while on the property of others.
Some examples of common premises liability accidents include:
Premises liability accidents can end with serious to fatal injuries. While some victims of accidents on another’s property may suffer injuries that require minor recovery time and medical care, some injuries can have life-threatening risks to a victim.
A slip and fall is one of the most common types of premises liability accidents that can cause over 800,000 hospitalizations in just one year across the U.S. Some individuals are more vulnerable to severe injury in a premises liability accident such as children, the elderly, or those who work in high-risk professions such as construction and maintenance.
Common injuries that can take place after a premises liability accident include:
Accidents happen and it can be difficult to ascertain when an accident on another’s property was merely an accident or the result of the negligence of a party in the care and upkeep of the premises. If you suffer a preventable injury, likely, the property owner or manager of the property at the time of your accident could owe you compensation for your injuries and subsequent losses.
To determine whether a property owner is liable to a party for an accident that takes place on their property, insurance companies and courts will take a close look at certain factors in a case. First, they will look at your relationship with the property and whether you were a valid visitor. Secondly, they will look at whether any negligence by a property owner hurt you.
Once you establish that you were either an invitee to the property or the property was open to visitors and guests and you were not in any way a trespasser, you can look towards the cause of the accident and your injuries to determine if a property owner may be liable to you.
Was the hazardous condition on the property that gave rise to your injuries a result of the direct actions of the property owner or other party related to the property? Did someone such as the owner or party responsible for managing the property create a danger to guests of the property and fail to alert others of the danger or fix it?
Identifying dangers on a property is only part of the responsibility of a property owner. Once an owner or their representative knows there is a problem, there must be action taken to safeguard guests from injury or to rectify the hazard. If a property owner or manager took no action to address a hazardous condition that later causes injuries to you, they are likely liable for your damages.
It is not expected that a property owner will be aware of the condition of his or her property at all times. However, there must be some effort and strategy for a property owner to ensure their property routinely undergoes inspections to catch any potential dangers before they cause an unfortunate accident.
If a property owner would have found a dangerous condition if they took the time to evaluate the property for dangers, then they may be liable to you for their negligence in the upkeep and maintenance of their premises.
If you suffer an injury unexpectedly in a premises liability accident you will likely face the need for prompt medical treatment and care and it may have significant impacts on your ability to fulfill your day-to-day responsibilities. Victims who suffer serious injuries can't work for extended periods. Their functional abilities or physical tolerance of their prior work duties may decline.
The combination of impacts to income earnings and mounting medical bills can create dire financial circumstances for some premises liability accident victims and their families. The law allows for victims of a premises liability accident due to negligence to seek recovery of their losses against the parties responsible.
Damages in a premises liability case can include:
If you suffer an injury while on another party’s property, call our premises liability lawyers to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.
Any injury is disruptive and expensive. Being injured while enjoying normal activities that should be safe is particularly jarring. If you were hurt while on a property in Hudson, one of the premises liability lawyers at our office may help you.
Our consultation is free, our payment is on contingency, and our team is available 24/7. Call now at (651) 427-3331 or email us. You could secure justice for the injury you suffered while shopping, relaxing at home, or sightseeing.
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