By: Allan M. Siegel
During the weekend of November 19 and 20, winds reached speeds as high
as 50 miles per hour in D.C. and the surrounding areas. The winds knocked
down trees and fanned fires which in turn caused traffic jams. Even worse,
the winds caused three-foot waves in the Potomac River, high enough to
sink a fishing boat with four fishermen inside. One man was rescued, but
two drowned in the water, and a fourth man is still missing.
Winds like these can cause unsecured trees and structures to fall over,
leading to property damage and injury. Anyone who is aware that a tree
or structure on their property is likely to fall down in high winds, but
who fails to take preventive action before disaster strikes, may be subject
to legal liability under premises liability laws.
Our team is experienced in helping victims file
premises liability claims after they suffered preventable injuries while on another’s
property. These cases can be legally complex, as they require establishing
proof that a property owner failed in their duty to provide safe conditions
for visitors and guests. Our attorneys can help you better understand
your rights and premises liability laws in regard to your unique situation
during a complementary case review.
If you or anyone who know has been injured as a result of the high winds
or unsafe conditions on another's property, you should
contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. for a free consultation.