If you are injured on commercial property, you might not be sure who could be held accountable. While every case is different, there are three parties that are generally those who can be held accountable in these cases. Keep reading to learn what they are and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have suffered a workplace accident – whether it was your workplace or not.
Determining Liability Can Be the Hardest Part of These Cases
First, let us consider this: determining liability when you suffer an accident at a business can be quite difficult. There are so many parties potentially involved that it is easy enough for those involved to point the finger elsewhere. This is one of the reasons that you need an experienced personal injury attorney – we know how to determine liability based on the evidence.
- Supervisors, Managers, or Owners
- Product Manufacturers, Designers or Retail Companies
- Employees, Contractors, or Other Visitors
If you visited a site that was not safe and you suffered an injury as a result, then the in-charge person could be found at fault. Depending on the way the organization runs, this could be the supervisor, manager, or owner. However, they can only be held accountable if they neither took actions to make the hazard safer nor did they provide a warning sight that it was not safe.
Likewise, if it was a hazard that just occurred and they could not reasonably have foreseen the hazard, known it was there, or acted by the time you were injured, then they cannot be held accountable. Note that they do not have to have known that it was there to be held accountable, though – the fact that they should have known is enough.
If you are injured as a result of having come into contact with a piece of equipment that breaks, and you were using that piece of equipment in the way it was designed to be used, then you might have a personal injury case. If warnings were not displayed, if a product was not marketed correctly, or if the person who sold you the item made false claims about how it could be used, and you suffered an injury due to these factors, then the manufacturer, designer, or retail store itself could be accountable for your injuries.
If you are injured directly by another person, then they might be personally liable. This includes employees of a store, part-time contractors working for the business, or even others who are at the store for the same reason you are. If someone else acts carelessly or negligently, then you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation right away.