Those struck by a falling object can experience severe and potentially deadly consequences. Events like this may seem like a mere accident; however, property and business owners have a duty to keep their visitors safe from these types of incidents. Property and landowners who fail to meet this standard may be responsible for victims’ damages. An experienced North Carolina premises liability lawyer at the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, can help injury victims and their families recover compensation for damages resulting from a negligent business owner.Injuries Caused by Falling Objects While at Someone Else's Property or Business
Premises liability refers to an area of personal injury law where an injury stems from some type of defective or unsafe condition on another’s property. Like other personal injury claims, North Carolina premises liability claims require the injury victim to establish that the property owner was negligent in maintaining their property and that the negligence resulted in the victim’s injuries and damages.
Managers and business owners must take reasonable care of their properties for the safety of their customers. However, it is essential to note that suffering an injury on another’s property does not necessarily mean that the property owner was negligent. In these cases, the victim must prove that the property owner knew or should have known that their premises were unsafe. An attorney can help injury victims understand their rights and remedies after being struck by a falling object.Common Premises Liability Cases
Being struck by falling objects often result in injuries to one’s back, shoulder, neck, or head. These injuries can be serious because of the sudden force of impact. Accidents from falling objects can result from a variety of situations. Some common premises liability cases involving falling objects include situations such as:
- Injuries at construction sites, such as falling lumber;
- Injuries from a collapsing structure;
- Objects falling from ledges, stairs, or trees;
- Broken shelving;
- Items falling from shelves at a retail store;
- Things falling from a moving truck; and
- Injuries on the sidewalk from objects falling out of a window.
If you have sustained injuries in an accident related to falling objects on another person's property, please get in touch with a personal injury lawyer immediately.Obtaining Damages from Negligent North Carolina Businesses and Property Owners
The amount and type of damages one can recover against a negligent North Carolina business or property owner depend primarily on the case's unique circumstances and the quality of legal representation. Generally, negligent parties in these cases will be liable for compensating the victim for their injuries and any related costs.
North Carolina law permits victims to pursue compensatory damages. Compensatory damages include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages typically include objective and quantifiable losses such as:
- Medical treatment,
- Lost income and benefits, and
- Property Damage.
In contrast, non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify and relate to losses involving:
- Emotional suffering,
- Loss of the enjoyment of life, and
- Loss of consortium.
In some rare cases, the court may permit punitive damages. However, an attorney can help claimants determine the maximum available damages after an accident.How Can an Attorney Help?
At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, the legal team represents clients in personal injury cases who have been injured due to the negligent acts of another person. We help individuals and families find the compensation they need to make a full recovery, return to work and return to their normal lifestyles. Here at the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, we are committed to providing our clients unparalleled dedication and legal services in Charlotte and Concord, as well as throughout North Carolina. Our personal injury lawyers also handle other types of premises liability cases, including those involving slip and falls, inadequate security, and swimming pool accidents. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach one of our Concord falling object injury lawyers at 704-918-4747. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not bill you for our services unless we can connect you with compensation for what you’ve been through.