Fairmont City, Nov 1, 2013 – A man named Robert O’Neil was exiting a Fairmont Philips 66 Gas Station and fell across some steps that were dangerous and claimed he had received injury. O’Neil attacks his defendants with accusations of the gas station not being properly safety-managed with failing to adequately warn of an immediate step down in front of the door, allowing a step to be positioned in a threshold of an exiting door and placing advertisements on the lower glass of the exiting door, which prevented customers from seeing the drop. The defendant quickly denied allegations against it as being held responsible for Robert O’Neil’s safety and also filed five affirmative defenses claiming the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by his own negligence for failing to keep an adequate lookout and encountering a hazard he should have known was there. O’Neil is seeking $100,000 for two counts.

This case is referred to as a Premises Liability, where you or a loved-one was involved in an accident as a direct result of a person or businesses’ failure to maintain their property.

Following an injury on another’s property, especially a large commercial development or public place, it is not uncommon for the injured party to be contacted by an insurance agent or insurance company investigator. This insurance company agent will seek to obtain a written and/or recorded statement. The written or recorded statement will then be used against the injured party in settlement talks or even in court. We strongly recommend that an injured person hire an attorney, or minimally consult with an attorney, before speaking to any insurance company representative. They will be very empathetic and act like they are sincerely interested in your well-being but their job —their sole task— is to lessen the value of your case and help their employer: the insurance company. Dealing on your own with an insurance company representative may often result in extremely low settlements averaging a tiny 10 to 20 percent of the value of most solid cases.

If serious injuries resulting in broken bones, lacerations, or serious head trauma could have been prevented if the persons’ or businesses’ premises were properly maintained, you might have a premises liability claim. The premises liability lawyers at Vincent W. Davis & Associates aggressively pursue actions against negligent owners for slip and fall and other severe injuries.

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