"Premises Liability" refers to a broad set of circumstances where an individual is injured or killed because of negligent design, construction, operation, repair or maintenance of a property or public area. Most commonly called "slip and fall" or "trip and fall" cases other premises liability claims could include:
- Playground equipment injuries
- Falling merchandise
- Elevator, escalator, staircase injuries
- Improper traffic patterns or poor lighting
- Food poisoning based on poor hygiene
- Equipment falls-and-failures - ladders, scaffolding, lifts
- Security-related premises liability
- Physical or sexual assaults in a public place
- Improper supervision or failure to warn
- Inadequate or missing signage
- Improper maintenance of doors, locks or gates
These claims can be difficult for a variety of reasons. The success of the case depends on clear evidence of the damaged or improperly maintained property, as well as whether the owner knew about the risks his property posed to the persons who came onto his property. In addition, there are specific provisions and statutes of limitations that must be followed, particularly in claims against government entities. Also, monetary cap statutes may limit the amount an injured person can collect from the claim against the state. Finally, Wisconsin passed a statute of repose, which may give builders, architects, and other people involved in the design and construction of a building immunity from lawsuits that begin 10 years after the work was completed. You will need legal assistance to determine of you may bring a case if the construction of the building failed after this time.
The Milwaukee law office of Domnitz & Skemp has more than 70 years of combined experience representing and advocating for the needs and rights of the injured. We understand the specifics of your case and are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation.
Wisconsin's Safe Place Law
Under Wisconsin law, owners of public buildings or places of employment must maintain their property in as safe a manner as its nature would reasonably permit. Failure to maintain the property in this manner leaves them liable for any damages the injured party incurs as a result of that failure to properly maintain the property. You have the right to seek compensation from property owners who fall short of this standard.
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A skilled Wisconsin premises liability lawyer from Domnitz & Skemp can carefully evaluate your case, investigate the claims, and determine the best method and the most appropriate venue in which to file a claim to recover damages. Contact an attorney at Domnitz & Skemp today for a free consultation and review of your legal rights.