On behalf of Smiley & Smiley, LLP posted in Premises Liability on Monday, July 18, 2016.
When we read or hear about people who suffer serious injuries on someone else's property, the stories often involve the injured party and a property owner that don't necessarily know each other. This can make it a little easier to be more objective when it comes to protecting yourself and your rights as an injured victim.
However, there are plenty of instances when a person gets hurt on the property of someone they know, like their neighbor or their friend. This relationship can certainly complicate matters, but it shouldn't prevent you from filing a claim for damages you are entitled to receive. If you are in this situation, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to assessing your legal options.
To begin with, most property owners should be covered by insurance. This means that if you do seek damages to cover your medical expenses, it is not your friend who pays them; it is his or her insurance company in most cases.
You will also want to remember that serious injuries can plague you long after a dispute with a friend or acquaintance dies down. So can the financial toll of these injuries.
For instance, a young man was recently injured when he was swimming at a friend's house. He evidently dove into the pool and hit his head on the bottom. It is not known if he or his family will be filing a legal claim against the pool owner, but it will likely be something they are considering. The incident left him paralyzed from the chest down, which may be irreversible and often requires extensive medical support indefinitely.
Before you decide against filing a claim or seeking damages after an accident on someone else's property, it can be crucial that you first assess your options and discuss the legal process with an attorney. Making decisions or informal agreements without legal guidance can leave you exposed to financial penalties and obligations you might have otherwise been able to avoid.
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