Many people will say that sharks are their greatest fear while at the beach, but truth-be-told, the risk of predatory fish is minor compared to other boardwalk and beach accidents resulting in personal injury or death. Walkways and bridges will be frequently used to access the beach and cross over canals. It’s important to know beach premises liability before vacationing this summer.
Slips, trips, and falls can occur for any number of reasons at North Carolina beaches. If the boardwalks, bridges, and walkways are not effectively managed and kept in good shape, trips, falls and deaths can easily occur.
Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability laws govern the responsibility to maintain safe property conditions and to forewarn trespassers of existing hazardous conditions. When an individual slips, trips or falls and sustains an injury as the result of unsafe or poorly maintained property conditions, they may be entitled to legal compensation for their injuries.
If your slip and fall happened on a walkway or bridge belonging to the North Carolina city or town, even if the city was negligent in taking care of the property, there are limitations on bringing a claim against government entities. Every state has different laws, but states and municipalities have strict timelines for making a slip and fall claim, and there is a limit to the damages that can be awarded in a successful claim.
Usually there is a short window of opportunity to notify the proper municipal authority of your fall. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident on a walkway and feel that it was due to negligence, it is especially important to document what happened right away if your injuries permit it.
Being able to show the circumstances that caused your accident is crucial to the success of your case. Take photos of the walkway, bridge, railings, etc. Gather eyewitness accounts and their contact information. Remember that conditions can change quickly, especially during the summer months.
Representation for North Carolina Premises Liability Cases
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a walkway or bridge slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation. At Maginnis Law, our lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard, is experienced in handling complex North Carolina premises liability cases.
The personal injury attorneys of Maginnis Howard provide free consultations to those injured in a slip and fall incidents and other premises liability situations. We can help you recover fair compensation to put you back on your feet. We offer a contingency fee agreement, so you pay no attorneys’ fees unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf.
You can contact the Raleigh personal injury attorneys of Maginnis Howard at (919) 526-0450 or through our contact page.