Des Moines Premises Liability Lawyers
Building a Case against Negligent Property Owners
Whenever you step into an office building, shopping mall, movie theater, school, or park, you assume you are safe from hazards. The theory of premises liability makes this sense of safety possible. Premises liability refers to the duty of property owners to keep their property in good condition, to make necessary repairs, and to warn visitors of any dangers. A property owner who does not abide by these obligations may be held financially responsible for damages that result.
Hope Law Firm helps injured victims across Iowa recover damages from negligent property owners. Our Des Moines premises liability lawyers represent licensees, trespassers, and invitees in cases involving slip and falls, negligent security, and construction site claims. We also represent children who have sustained injuries in accidents in swimming pools, on trampolines, at playgrounds, and during school or camp activities.
What Is Premises Liability?
To prevail on a premises liability claim, you must demonstrate all elements required under Iowa’s statutes.
This means you will have to prove that:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care
- The property owner acted or failed to act in a way that breached the duty of care
- You sustained an injury as a result of the property owner’s act or omission
- You suffered damages as a direct result of the property owner’s breach of duty
Who Is Owed the Duty of Care?
The level of care owed to you depends on your relationship to the property and its owner, mainly whether you were invited and for what purpose. The property owner owes the highest duty to those who are invited onto the property to conduct business. The business must perform regular inspections and can be held liable for dangers about which the owner knew or should have known. A host has a slightly lesser obligation to social guests, referred to as licensees, who are on the property for a non-commercial reason.
The lowest-level duty is owed to a trespasser, since the person has not been invited onto the property. However, the property owner does have a heightened duty to trespassing children. The owner is obligated to prevent access by children, to maintain safe conditions, and to warn children of dangers, regardless of whether they have been invited onto the property, particularly if the land contains something enticing, such as a pool, playground, or trampoline.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
When working on a premises liability case, we take decisive steps focused on obtaining your rightful settlement efficiently and cost-effectively.
Our team can:
- Investigate the cause of your injury and the at-fault parties
- Gather and organize strong evidence to support your claim
- Counter assertions made by the defendant that you contributed to your accident
- Calculate your damages in consultation with medical professionals, economists, and financial experts
- Negotiate aggressively and strategically, never settling for less than you deserve
Our legal team is determined to recover the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
Learn More About Your Premises Liability Rights
Our Des Moines premises liability attorneys advocate for the rights of victims injured in property accidents throughout Iowa. Because we believe that everyone deserves justice, we assess cases for free and handle claims on contingency.
Thousands of cases successfully handled for our clients.
We offer payment plans & flexible hours to meet your needs.
We treat you with compassion, honesty, dignity and respect.
We take an aggressive approach & have a proven track record.