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Property owners have an obligation to maintain a safe, secure place for others. If they fail in these duties, visitors to their property face an increased risk of injuries and accidents, some of which can be serious.
After an injury, the last thing on your mind might be legal action. However, holding the responsible property owner accountable for his misdeeds not only helps in your recovery, it can also prevent harm to other people. That’s why Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. is so dedicated to premises liability cases. Because we live and work in Albuquerque, we take pride in the city and the great state of New Mexico. Part of this pride is holding property owners to a high standard and ensuring they follow all laws and guidelines regarding maintenance and care of buildings.
There are many incidents that can occur when a property is not kept up, including the following:
Property owners must be shown as having a duty of care to the injured person. This duty is established by their status as property owner, which means they’re obligated to provide visitors to their home or business reasonable protection from injury and harm.
Next, it must be established that the property owner breached their duty of care. For example, a property owner who neglects to fix a broken pipe that causes a water leak, which then causes a customer to slip and fall, could be held liable if it can be proved that the owner was aware of the issue but chose not to act.
Finally, the injured party must show a direct link between the injuries sustained and the property condition. This entails compiling evidence and presenting it to the court or insurance company deciding on the case.
Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. is proud to have the respect of our clients throughout New Mexico. We’re equally proud of our reputation among our peers, who often refer complex and complicated cases to our firm.