Our Des Moines Premises Liability Law Firm Protects Injury Victims
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 maintain 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.
The Hope Law Firm, PLC helps victims injured in Des Moines, West Des Moines and all of Iowa recover damages from negligent property owners. Our lawyers represent licensees, trespassers and invitees in cases involving slipping and falling accidents, 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, including:
- 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 injury as a result of the property owner’s act or omission.
You must also prove that 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 noncommercial 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
We take decisive steps focused on obtaining your rightful settlement efficiently and cost-effectively:
- Investigate the cause your action 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
The Hope Law Firm, PLC advocates for the rights of victims injured in Des Moines and West Des Moines property accidents. Because we believe that everyone deserves justice, we assess cases for free and handle claims on contingency. Call our law office today at 515.255.3559 or contact us online to learn more about obtaining compensation for your injuries.