Los Angeles Premises Liability Injury Attorney
Premises Liability Lawyers in Los Angeles Working with Clients Who Have Been Hurt in Accidents on the Property of Others
Premises liability is the area of law that allows people who have been injured in accidents caused by unreasonably dangerous conditions on the property of others to recover for their losses. These kinds of hazards that can cause serious accidents can vary widely, as can the types of accidents themselves.
Similarly, premises liability cases can arise when visiting any type of property, including a private home, a shopping mall, a government building, a restaurant or bar, or a school or library.
What is critical for victims to understand is that when these types of incidents are the result of a property owner's negligence, they can often recover for their injuries by filing a California premises liability claim.
These types of legal actions can be very complicated, however, so it is critical for anyone hurt in an accident that occurred on the property owned by another person, a business, or the government to speak to a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at our law firm as soon as they possibly can.
Read our blog: Do You Have a California Premises Liability Claim?
Types of Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability cases arise as a result of various dangerous conditions on either public or private property, such as hotel injury claims, horseback riding injuries, gym accidents, playground accidents, amusement parks, and dangerous property conditions.
Some examples of such conditions include uneven pavements, loose steps, slippery floors, sidewalk accidents, falling merchandise, defective elevators or escalators, garage doors, dram shop, floor or building collapse, leaking water, toxic fumes, nail sticking out, porch collapse, balcony defects, and stairways.
Many different types of accidents can happen on another party's residential or commercial property because the property owner or manager failed to properly maintain the premises. Some examples of the premises liability cases we can handle include the following:
- Slip and falls – Many hazardous conditions may cause you to slip and fall while you are in a store or on another's property. Overly worn floors or carpets, wet floor spills that are not cleaned up promptly, overly waxed flooring surfaces, and debris on the ground can all cause you to slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents can cause surprisingly serious injuries including concussions and other brain injuries, broken hips and other bones, sprains and strains, and many more. This also includes a slip and fall in a parking lot.
- Trip and falls – Similar to slip and falls, tripping over something can also cause you to fall and sustain serious and lasting injuries that require medical attention. Some conditions that can cause you to trip and fall include having electrical cords that are not properly secured, objects in walkways, ramps, or steps without warnings.
- Falls from heights – Falls from heights can occur in a variety of settings. For example, many shopping centers have open areas that allow visitors to look down into an atrium or other floors below. If a railing were to fail or be unreasonably short, it could result in a visitor falling from one floor to another and sustaining serious injury. Another common scenario where a fall from heights could occur is in multiple-storied buildings that are under construction. If an open fall hazard was not marked or was easily accessible to visitors, it could very well result in a legally actionable incident.
- Swimming pool accidents – Swimming pool accidents are a common source of premises liability cases. Some of the common scenarios in which they arise include unsecured swimming pools, lack of signage indicating that there is no lifeguard on duty, inadequate supervision of swimming pool guests, defective swimming pool equipment, or negligent maintenance of the swimming pool.
- Dog bites – Dog bites claims that occur on a dog owner's property fall under the umbrella of premises liability as a vicious dog can constitute a hazardous condition on the owner's property. Dog bites can leave victims with extremely serious injuries, including broken bones, severe lacerations, permanent scarring, and emotional and psychological injuries. Cat bites and bed bug bites can also cause serious injuries.
- Construction site accidents – Construction sites are often filled with hazards that can cause serious injury. When they are the result of someone else's negligence, however, victims can recover compensation for their losses. Some of the hazards that may exist at an active construction site that is often the result of negligence include unmarked open heights, heavy machinery, poorly constructed scaffolds, crane accidents, ladder accidents, roofing accident, defective fall safety equipment, and unfinished guardrails along open heights.
Holding Property Owners Accountable For Your Injuries
Depending on the cause of the accident, and depending on whether any laws were violated or negligence occurred, you may be entitled to more than just compensation for the medical bills, including compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and future rehabilitation.
Sometimes the owner of the property will be liable for these damages or, if the rental property was leased, the tenant may be liable for these damages. A prompt investigation will be required to determine the cause of the accident and the party responsible, such as a landlord.
If you have suffered an injury due to negligence, contact an attorney at our office to review all the details and to discuss potential legal options.
You need to remember the responsible party's insurance will attempt to minimize your recovery.
See our blog: How Insurance Companies Try to Limit Your Recovery.
Understanding Who Is Responsible For Your Injury
Generally, if the accident occurred on a public sidewalk or a parking lot, the responsibility will lie with a public entity.
It could be a city, a county, or a contractor of such an entity. To maximize the potential recovery, you must retain counsel skilled in pursuing government tort claims, who is aware of all procedures and deadlines, and who can be sure that your claim is properly presented in a timely fashion.
See our blog: What Is Negligence By a Property Owner in California?
When you suffer an injury from a trip and fall or a slip and fall on public property, the last thing on your mind is preserving evidence. In situations like these, people are frequently overcome with fear, pain, and anxiety.
This is why it's so important to call an attorney right away. We will intervene immediately to make sure you document all injuries, seek appropriate medical care, and preserve the evidence on site.
We have a reliable team of experts, from medical experts to accident reconstruction experts, professional engineers, and vocational experts, ready to investigate your case.
These experts will go out to the premises, take photographs, measure the cracks in pavement and traction of the floors, talk to witnesses, examine the scene of the accident, review reports, and conduct any investigation necessary.
We Fight To Protect The Rights Of The Injured
In premises liability cases, evidence may become lost or destroyed over time. Witnesses forget the details and become unavailable. Insurance companies will do their best to pressure, scare or intimidate you into accepting a lower settlement than you might be entitled to.
So it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident occurred. We will conduct an immediate investigation into your case and make sure that all evidence is preserved to maximize your chance of prevailing and obtaining the maximum possible recovery.
Accidents that happen on the property of others often entitle victims to significant compensation for their injuries.
For this reason, anyone hurt in an accident caused by a hazardous condition on public or private property should speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
We are committed to providing zealous representation to injury victims and understand how to get our clients the maximum compensation they deserve.
Contact our law office at 310-734-7974 for a free consultation or send us an email through our online contact form.
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