Experienced Hanover Premises Liability Lawyers, York County, PA

Strong advocacy when you suffer injury on another’s property

Property owners in Hanover have a duty to the public to ensure their premises are safe. This duty applies to all types of owners. For-profit businesses such as hotels, retail stores, professional offices, and restaurants owe a duty to regularly inspect and repair their properties. Community organizations, churches, and nonprofit organizations also owe this duty of care to the people who use their services. Homeowners owe a reasonable duty of care to the people they invite to their property as well.

At KBG Injury Law, our Hanover premises liability lawyers hold property owners accountable when they fail to actively look for dangerous conditions, address safety complaints, or warn the people who use their property of known dangers. Our personal injury lawyers have obtained numerous strong settlements and verdicts throughout our 30 years of representation. We have the experience, resources, and tenacity to hold property owners liable for any injuries or fatalities they cause.

What are the different types of Hanover premises liability accidents?

Some of the many reasons Hannover residents file premises liability claims include:

  • Slipping and falling inside the property or in the parking lot
  • Tripping and falling accidents
  • Being attacked due to negligent security
  • Being bitten by the owner’s dog
  • Having an elevator or escalator accident
  • Suffering burns due to a fire
  • Drowning or being injured while using a pool
  • Being injured by equipment that is defective

What steps should Hanover property owners take to prevent accidents?

At KBG Injury Law, our Hanover premises liability lawyers work with investigators, examine records of prior complaints and prior repairs, question everyone involved, and take other steps to show how your accident occurred and why it was preventable.

Some of the reasons malls, hotels, retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses may be liable for a premises liability accident are:

  • Failing to inspect the property for possible dangers. Property owners should regularly inspect their property for dangerous conditions. Common dangers include wet floors due to rain or snow tracked in from outside, spilled, liquids, cleaning, and other dangers. Hanover property owners should look for loose railings, uneven floor surfaces and stairs, broken tiles, torn carpets, and any merchandise or debris that is on the floor.
  • Failing to look for objects that might fall. Many retail stores are stacked with products that are on high shelves. If an object falls, a customer could suffer a head injury.
  • Failing to make prompt repairs. Dangerous conditions should be repaired properly.
  • Failing to warn/alert customers to known dangers. Until a wet floor, broken tile, or other dangers are fixed, Hanover property owners should place a warning sign or obstacle near the danger.
  • Not securing the property. Property owners should install lights so customers can see inside and outside. In areas that are known to be dangerous, such as where money is exchanged, owners should consider hiring security guards, installing cameras, fences, and locking the premises.

Why does the reason I’m on the premises matter?

In a premises liability case, the state of Pennsylvania considers the reason you were on the property. The highest duty of care is owed to people that the property owner invites onto the premises (invitees). Property owners invite people to be on their property to buy goods, purchase services, participate in community functions, to sleep in their hotels, or for many other reasons.

A similar but slightly less strong duty is owed to people the property owner allows to be on their premises (these visitors are called licensees). An example of a licensee is when you go to a neighbor’s for a cup of a coffee, or meet a colleague at their office for lunch.

Under most circumstances, no duty of care is owed to trespassers. Pennsylvania does have an exception that requires Hanover property owners to protect trespassers. That exception is called the “attractive nuisance” doctrine, and applies to children. The doctrine provides that property owners are liable to children who trespass if the child is attracted to something on the property they might be curious about – such as a swimming pool or a trampoline. Owners need to take extra steps to protect curious children from drowning, falls, and other harm.

Are property owners responsible for dog bites?

Generally, in Pennsylvania, an owner of a dog can be held liable for dog bite injuries if the owner knew his/her dog had a propensity to bite or attack. Dogs can cause puncture wounds, infections, scarring, diseases, and other injuries, which can be fatal if not treated promptly and correctly.

How do I file a Hanover premises liability claim?

There are a few basic requirements for filing a premises liability claim:

  • The property owner has a duty of care. Property owners owe a duty of care to the people they invite or allow onto their property. They generally do not owe a duty of care to trespassers.
  • The failure of duty of care caused an accident. Property owners breach their duty of care if they know there is a dangerous condition, such as slippery floors, and fail to fix the condition or fail to post a warning of the danger. They also breach their duty if they fail to regularly inspect their property to look for possible dangerous conditions.
  • The accident must cause your injuries. For example, if you break your arm and incur medical expenses due to a fall, you meet this requirement. You cannot, on the other hand, file a claim if your accident did not cause any losses.

What is my time limit for filing a Hanover premises liability claim?

Generally, accident victims in Pennsylvania must file their claim within two years of the date of the accident. The best course of action, however, is to contact our Hanover premises liability lawyers immediately. We need to inspect the property before any repairs are made, and to speak with witnesses while their memories are fresh. We know you want answers to your questions now.

At KBG Injury Law, we’ll guide you through each phase of the claims process. We’ll also review which doctors you’re seeing to understand the quality and scope of medical treatment you’re currently receiving.

What is the value of my Hanover premises liability case?

Our Hanover premises liability lawyers understand you only can make one settlement. There’s only one jury trial. We help verify and explain all your current damages, as well as all the expenses and suffering you’ll experience for the rest of your life.

We demand compensation for all your current and future:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income and lost benefits, including permanent disability benefits
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Loss of function of a body part
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Do you have a premises liability lawyer near me?

At KBG Injury Law, we meet with clients at our Hanover office located at 250 York Street. We also meet clients in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Gettysburg, and York. Our lawyers also meet clients away from the office if they are immobile or in ill health.

Our Hanover premises liability lawyers are respected by former clients, insurance adjusters, and our legal peers for our complete dedication to our clients, our preparation, our negotiating skills, and our persuasive abilities.

Talk with a seasoned Hanover premises liability lawyer now

Don’t suffer in silence. Get the help you need to hold responsible property owners, lessees, maintenance companies, and repair companies liable for a slip and fall or any other type of accident. At KBG Injury Law, our Hanover premises liability lawyers have the experience and resources to contest the efforts by property owners to deny or reduce your claim.

We’ll fight for all the economic and personal damages you have. To discuss any slip and fall or other type of dangerous property accident, please call 717-848-3838 or fill out our contact form. We proudly serve clients and families throughout South Central Pennsylvania.