Every owner of a property, whether commercial or residential, has an obligation to make sure that the premises are reasonably safe and secure for anyone who enters. This can mean ensuring that there is proper signage to acknowledge certain risks involved in activities on the property, such as depth warnings for pools, or that certain precautions are taken to ensure that it is not easy for an assault to happen on that property. If there is an unsafe or defective condition on a property, and an injury occurred as a result of the owner being negligent, there may be evidence for a premises liability case.
Proving Premise Liability
When looking at the complexities of proving a premises liability case, consider that it takes great skill and expertise in understanding safety requirements and how any foreseeable risks could have been mitigated by property owners. Often these cases are tried against retail owners, apartment building managers, and parking garage companies, but they can also involve properties where there is a large outdoor area that is exposed to potential security hazards. Attorneys who work these cases must consult with safety experts and security professionals to expose where negligence may have occurred on the part of the property owner. They must also analyze what should have been done to increase security and correctly articulate to juries the common practices for safety. One of the best ways to show a jury how negligence occurred is by providing a visual representation of the actual incident and what went wrong.
How Panter, Panter, & Sampedro, P.A. Uses Drone Technology in Premises Liability Cases
Drones are at the forefront of new visual technology being used to aid in providing visual evidence for premises liability cases. At Panter, Panter and Sampedro, P.A., we are proud to say that we have utilized drones to help provide the opposing side (insurance adjuster, attorneys, judge, and jury) with a view from a different angle to help everyone understand the complete picture. The aerial perspective gives a comprehensive visual presentation of the overall property that is in question in a case. These photos and videos have helped us show the parts of an area that were negligently maintained and provide a basis for explaining how the property could have been enhanced with common practices for safety and security.
If you feel that you were injured on a property that was the direct result of the property owner not taking the right steps to ensure reasonable safety and security, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who may be able to help you prove premises liability and recover compensation.