If you have been injured by a falling tree, you may be wondering if you can file a premises liability claim. This is a valid question, as premises liability law can be complex.
In general, if the property owner knew or should have known about the danger posed by the fallen tree and did not take steps to prevent injuries, then he or she may be liable for damages. Keep reading to learn more about filing a premises liability claim for a fallen tree.
Steps to Take After Sustaining an Injury Due to a Fallen Tree
If you have been injured by a falling tree, the first step is to seek medical attention. As with any type of personal injury claim, there are time limits for filing, so it is important to act quickly.
In cases involving trees, it is particularly important to take quality photographs of the failed tree or limbs before it is removed from the location and even hire an attorney to visit and inspect the scene along with a certified arborist. Often the evidence you need to prove the mechanism of failure will be the tree itself which may show signs of disease or improper pruning.
To succeed in a premises liability claim for a fallen tree, you will need to show that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and did not take steps to fix it or warn people about it.
For example, if the tree was visibly diseased and the property owner did nothing to remove it or warn people about it, then he or she may be liable for damages if the tree or a tree branch falls and injures someone.
We’re Here to Help with Your Case
If you have been injured by a falling tree, you may be able to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We look forward to helping you through this difficult time.
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