With few exceptions, whenever a person goes anywhere in the state of Iowa, whether it be to the grocery store, a friend’s home, or somewhere else, there is an expectation that entering the property will not cause the individual harm.
Unfortunately, hazards and conditions exist on properties of all types that make certain accidents inevitable.
When a person is harmed on another’s property, they may maintain the right to bring forth a premises liability suit for damages.
Our attorneys at the office of VanDerGinst Law can help.
Premises Liability Case Types
We have helped clients who have been harmed in a variety of different accident types that have resulted from dangerous premises or hazardous conditions on a property.
Some of the most common premises liability case types include:
- Pool and water-related accidents;
- Slip and falls;
- Retail store accidents;
- Dog bites;
- Negligent security; and
- Attractive nuisance claims.
If you have been injured in an accident type that occurred on another’s property, please contact us today and we will review your case free of charge.
Duties of a Property Owner
A property owner in Iowa has a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition and to remedy any known hazards within a reasonable amount of time.
Note, however, that this duty is not extended to trespassers (with the exception of child trespassers); the only duty that an property owner owes to a trespasser is to refrain from causing willful or wanton harm.
If a property owner breached the duty owed to those who enter the property, then they can be held liable for injuries and damages that result.
Do I Have a Case?
In order to win a premises liability claim that is brought against a property owner, you will need to prove that:
- You were on the property lawfully (and therefore that the property owner owed you a duty of care);
- A dangerous condition existed on the property;
- The property owner knew or should have known about the condition;
- The property owner failed to remedy or warn of the condition within a reasonable amount of time;
- The dangerous condition was the proximate cause of your accident; and
- You suffered damages, economic or/and noneconomic, as a direct result.
Why Work with Our Lawyers
Navigating a premises liability claim can be difficult to do on one’s own, especially if you are in the process of recovering from serious injuries.
When you choose our law firm, we will handle all of the elements of your case so that you can focus on your recovery.
This includes gathering evidence, hiring experts, interviewing eyewitnesses, identifying the liable party, initiating the claim process, and negotiating your settlement.
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We are here to provide you with the aggressive, high-quality representation you deserve.
The information contained on this website is presented by VanDerGinst Law P.C. It is not intended nor should it be construed as professional legal advice. The information is general in nature about the Firm, the scope of services we offer, and our community outreach, it is not legal advice. Please contact us by phone, email, mail, or via this website for inquiries. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please contact a personal injury attorney for a consultation regarding your situation. This website is not intended to solicit clients outside the State of Iowa and/or the State of Illinois.