Navigating Liability for a Safer Tomorrow

Decoding Premises Liability in Oregon

Duty of Care: A Fundamental Principle

Premises liability is the legal responsibility of property owners or occupiers for the injuries that occur on their property. When people enter someone else’s property, they are legally considered “visitors,” and the property owners owe them a duty of care for their safety.

Visitor Categorization Matters

The amount of duty owed to a visitor depends on their legal status:

  • Invitee: Owed the highest duty of care for business purposes or mutual benefit.
  • Licensee: Permitted entry for personal purposes, with a duty to warn of known hazards.
  • Trespasser: Entering without permission, owed a lesser duty but protected from intentional harm or traps. 

Common Premises Accidents: Know Your Risks

Diverse Settings, Diverse Risks

Premises accidents include various settings, from residential to commercial properties, public spaces, and recreational facilities. Common injuries arising from premise-related accidents include things like:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Caused by slippery or uneven surfaces, wet floors, ice, spilled liquids, or debris. These often result in fractures, sprains, strains, and bruises.
  • Trip and Fall Accidents: Stemming from uneven walkways, loose carpeting, damaged flooring, or objects left in walkways. These often lead to injuries similar to slip and falls.
  • Staircase Accidents Resulting from poorly maintained or poorly lit staircases, causing falls and serious injuries.
  • Elevator and Escalator Accidents: Occurring due to malfunctioning elevators or escalators, causing entrapment, tripping, or falling.
  • Negligent Security Incidents: Inadequate security in parking lots, hotels, and public areas, leading to assaults, robberies, or other crimes that cause injuries.
  • Dog Bites: Dog owners may be liable for injuries caused by their dogs if they bite or attack someone.
  • Swimming Pool Accidents: Including drowning, slip and fall accidents around the pool area, or diving accidents in public and private swimming pools.
  • Amusement Park Accidents: Resulting from mechanical failures, ride malfunctions, or operator errors in amusement parks.
  • Electrical Accidents: Stemming from electrical hazards in poorly maintained properties, resulting in electrocution or electrical burns.
  • Falling Objects: Objects falling from shelves or construction sites, causing head injuries or other types of harm.
  • Playground Accidents: Occurring due to defective playground equipment or lack of maintenance, leading to injuries in children.

Why Choose Our Oregon Personal Injury Firm for Premises Accidents?

Defending Insurance Companies for 50 Years

The first rule of a successful negotiation is: Know Your Opponent. In an injury case, your opponents are (1) the insurance industry, and (2) their highly skilled defense law firms.

Fortunately for Spooner Staggs clients, no law firm knows the insurance industry better than we do―we spent 50 years as one of the insurance industry’s top defense firms for their biggest, toughest cases. We’ve walked in their shoes, analyzed thousands of cases for them, and encouraged fair outcomes for literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of premises-related accidents and injuries.

This rare experience has given us an insider’s knowledge and understanding into how the insurance industry analyzes, evaluates, prices, and settles cases. We’ve walked in their shoes, so we know all their tools, tricks, and techniques. We know the buttons to push and the levers to pull to motivate them to settle cases more quickly and for more money.

With an unparalleled understanding of insurance companies cultivated through years of defending them, we bring a uniquely powerful advantage to those seeking justice after an injury.

Fierce Oregon Premises-Injury Trial Lawyers

Boasting a track record of successful jury trials that few Oregon firms can equal, we are relentless advocates for our clients. We are always ready to take cases to trial, ensuring that our seriously injured clients receive genuine justice.

Insider Knowledge

Understanding the mindset of insurance companies is crucial when seeking fair compensation. We possess a nuanced insight into how insurers operate, evaluate cases, and make settlement decisions. This knowledge allows us to strategically leverage that insight to ensure our clients receive the maximum settlement for their injuries. 

Trial Mastery

In an era where fewer cases proceed to trial, we stand as fierce and effective trial lawyers. With a track record of successful jury trials that few law firms in Oregon can equal, we’re ready to expertly take your case to trial if necessary. Our commitment to real justice for injured accident victims sets us apart from “paper tiger” lawyers who shy away from the courtroom.

Seeking Compensation: Crucial Steps

Determining liability is critical for seeking compensation. If the property owner or occupier failed their duty of care, the injured party may pursue a personal injury claim against the insurance company. Gathering evidence, reporting incidents to authorities, and seeking immediate medical attention are essential steps.

Contact Us for Dedicated Legal Representation in Portland, Salem, or across Oregon

With 50 years of defending personal injury claims, our firm stands ready to assist those injured in premise accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered been injured, call us to discuss your case with one of our friendly, caring, and experienced attorneys.