Could I sue the owner of the property for my injuries? 22 Answers as of April 11, 2013
I was at a neighbor's house cutting down a tree when I cut my leg with the chainsaw. I went to hospital and received 23 stitches.
Gary L. Platt, Attorney at Law
| Gary Platt
Your question is missing a lot of facts. Assuming you had permission to use a chainsaw on your neighbor's property, and assuming it was your neighbor's chainsaw (or, in any case, not yours), IF the injury was caused by a condition your neighbor is responsible for (such as, for example, a faulty chainsaw), you might be able to sue for your damages. However, the mere fact that you were injured on his property is NOT enough to justify a lawsuit. If your own negligence caused or contributed to your injuries, your damages will be decreased accordingly.
Answer Applies to: California
Gregory M Janks, PC
| Gregory M Janks
Was the neighbor negligent in some fashion so as to cause/contribute to your injuries? If so, then yes. If not, then no. However, your neighbor may have homeowners coverage that has a med pay provision that will pay up to it's limit without regard to negligence/fault.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Law Office of William E Carter, LLC
| William E Carter
You probably have the option of suing the under the homeowners insurance policy, but there are several other issues that will need to be addressed before deciding to do this.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
| John F Brennan
I would have to know more of the circumstances, but if you are volunteering to do the work you most probably have no cause of action.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
| Andrew Velonis
Think about it. You would be saying "I'm suing you because I cut my leg". You are the one who cut your leg, that's not his fault. How would you feel if it were the other way around?
Answer Applies to: New York
Durham Jones & Pinegar
| Erven Nelson
You could do so if you proved that the neighbor was somehow negligent or careless. You might get some response by making a claim against the neighbor's homeowners insurance policy, also.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
| Jim Hasser
Just because you get hurt on someone's property doesn't mean they are liable. You have to show they were negligent. I don't see it here. You may be able to make a med pay claim on the homeowner's insurance, though. It would only pay for medical bills, regardless of fault, though.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Gates' Law, PLLC
| Thomas E. Gates
The owner did not cause your injury. It happen because of your negligence, not his.
Answer Applies to: Washington
The Law Firm of Shawn M. Murray
| Shawn M. Murray
You likely have a cause of action against the property owner if their negligence/carelessness somehow caused or contributed to your injuries.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
| James P Kelaher
Not unless they were negligent. Just because an accident happens on someone's property doesn't make them responsible in the absence of some negligence on their part.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
| Paul L. Whitfield
Write me back please and tell me why someone else is responsible for your injuries that you caused to yourself? I really would like to know how you think
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Lewis B. Kaplan
| Lewis B. Kaplan
Your neighbor may have "NO FAULT MEDICAL PAYMENTS COVERAGE " as part of his homeowner's policy . That may be available up to policy limits for your medical bills . Beyond that you would have to prove your neighbor was somehow at fault for causing your injury including giving you a defective chainsaw to use .
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Lombardi Law Firm
| Steve Lombardi
Probably not in Iowa. You cut yourself doing work. How is that the neighbors fault or how is that a defect in his property?
Answer Applies to: Iowa
| Robert Butwinick
Was the accident your fault? If so, you cannot sue someone else. If the accident was due to the homeowner's negligence, you may have a claim. Regardless of how the accident occurred, you may be able to access the homeowner's medical payment provision of his policy. The med-pay provision may cover a few thousand dollars of expenses for accident related treatment. You should review the policy if possible and consult with an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Law Offices of Benjamin D. Pelton
| Benjamin D. Pelton
No I don't think so. What did the neighbor do wrong? But neighbor may have medical payments coverage on his homeowners policy that may cover your medical bills
Answer Applies to: Virginia
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