The Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III is a personal injury law firm whose premises liability attorneys represent people involved in many types of accidents, including those caused by poor lighting. Combining more than 150 years of experience, our Cape Cod slip and fall lawyers work aggressively to seek the full remedies that our clients deserve under the law. This means investigating accidents thoroughly and gathering a variety of evidence, while pursuing every opportunity to resolve matters through an appropriate settlement when possible. Our firm is dedicated to helping clients focus on getting back on their feet with the confidence that comes from having an experienced legal team in their corner.
Whether it is a slip and fall in a slick grocery store aisle, a trip in a cluttered commercial space, or a tumble down a flight of stairs due to a shaky handrail, a person injured in an accident on another party’s property has a right to seek legal remedies from the property owner or occupier. These usually include damages to compensate you for medical bills, missed wages due to time away from work, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic forms of harm. In order to get that compensation, you typically need to prove that the property owner or another person or entity was legally liable for your injuries.Proving Property Owner Liability for an Accident Caused by Poor Lighting
State law requires property owners to maintain their premises in a relatively safe condition. It also obligates owners to adequately warn others on the property of any hazards of which the owner knows, as well as those of which the owner should know through reasonable inspection. Any owner that does not live up to this duty is likely to be deemed negligent and responsible for the injuries that result.
Poor lighting, for example, may create a hazard by making it difficult for people to see where they are going. A failing overhead light or dim bulb may make it harder for people to notice hazards on the property or make any warnings posted by the owner hard to catch. In fact, the lack of proper lighting itself is a hazard.
To prove a property owner’s liability for a slip and fall caused by poor lighting, you need to first show that the lack of lighting caused or contributed to the accident. This often means using security camera footage, photographs, and other evidence to establish just how dark the area where the accident occurred was, as well as evidence showing how difficult the lighting problem made it to notice other hazards.
You also would need to show that the owner was aware of the lighting problem or that the owner should have been aware of it through reasonable inspection. You may be able to present evidence showing that store employees were aware of the situation or that the lighting problem existed for a long time before the accident took place.
Finally, the victim needs to directly tie their injuries to the accident. This often requires significant medical evidence detailing the injury, its cause, and its impact on your quality of life.Hire a Cape Cod Attorney to Protect Your Rights
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our injury attorneys have been representing clients in a variety of premises liability claims. We are thoroughly familiar with the legal issues that often come up in these cases and well aware of the myriad ways in which property owners often try to escape liability. Our track record in personal injury cases speaks for itself. Our Cape Cod attorneys are happy to offer free case evaluations at our offices in Hyannis and Plymouth. We can also visit you at your home if you cannot make it to us. We do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are able to get compensation for you. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.