A Los Angeles Premises liability attorney has detailed knowledge about the laws that hold property or business owners legally responsible for accidental injuries to visitors on their property if those injures can be proven to result from the property owner's negligence. All property owners and tenants are required by California law to keep their property or business safe.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured on someone else's premises, please contact Greenberg & Ruby, LLP today to discuss your case. You may be eligible to receive compensation based on the property owner's negligence.
WHY Choose Greenberg & Ruby, LLP?
The Los Angeles premises liability attorneys at Greenberg & Ruby, LLP have helped clients receive compensation in premises liability cases for more than 50 years.
- They have a reputation for success, securing more than $250 million in favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients.
- They prepare every case as if it is going to trial. This allows them to be aggressive in their negotiations and confident in your case to be fully equipped in your proceedings.
- They are diligent in fostering relationships with their clients to get to know them and fully understand their situation. This includes clear, consistent communication and honesty about the status of their case to build a foundation of trust.
- They represent all clients based on a contingency fee agreement. There is no initial cost upfront, and all expenses are advanced. After the case, you only pay if your case is won.
COMMON EXAMPLES OF PREMISES LIABILITY
Some of the most common examples of premises liability cases include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Injuries due to negligent security
- Fires, burns, and electrocutions
- Falls from roofs or ladders
- Swimming pool-related injuries
- Poisoning or illness due to exposure to hazardous wastes or materials
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of accident caused by owner negligence. Any business or property owner that fails to repair or clean hazards such as broken stairs or wet floors that injure a visitor due to a slip and fall or workplace injury may be held liable for damages.
WHAT ARE CAUSES OF PREMISES LIABILITY CASES?
Personal injury caused by the negligence of a property owner or manager may result from a wide variety of contributing factors. The most common causes are:
- Unsafe walkways
- Slippery walkways due to melted ice or uncleared water
- Hazardous and poorly maintained sidewalks, which may cause trip and fall accidents,
- Improper signage warning of dangers, which are the most frequent causes of accidents at construction sites,
- Dangerously inadequate or negligent security on the premises may lead to violent crimes such as rape or assault,
- Insufficient or inadequate lighting on the premises which may lead to accidents or crime,
- Falling objects
- Lack of proper supervision swimming pools
These incidents may cause serious health complications, even traumatic brain injury. A Los Angeles premises liability attorney can help you receive the compensation you need to move forward.
DETERMINING LIABILITY IN PREMISES LIABILITY CASES
For premises liability to apply, the plaintiff must be the victim of a property owner's negligence or other wrongful act. Premises liability does not usually apply to those injured in the workplace unless special circumstances are in evidence.
Premises liability can seem straightforward. If a visitor falls on a broken step that the homeowner or property owner knew about but did not rectify or warn the visitor, then the property owner can be considered responsible for the fall. In this case, premises liability appears clear and obvious, but it is often much more complicated.
For example, public areas such as the sidewalks in front of shops are considered the shop owner's responsibility to keep clear of snow or debris, even though they do not legally own the sidewalk. In the case of third party premises liability, a property owner of a construction site, for example, may be considered partially responsible for a crime committed to another person while on their property, even though they themselves did not commit the crime.
WHY IS A PREMISES LIABILITY LAWYER NECESSARY?
Although it may seem simple to determine whether a property owner is legally responsible for any injuries that occur on their property, the laws are more subtle and sophisticated. Under premises liability law the injured person must either be an invitee, which is a non-commercial guest of the property owner, a licensee, which is a commercial guest of the property owner, or a trespasser, which is a person who has entered the property without the permission of the property owner. Premises liability compensation will depend in part of the status of the injured person. Additionally, the property owner must be found legally negligent for any claims to be actionable.
A Los Angeles Premises liability attorney will gather all the necessary evidence and information to strengthen the client's claims for damages. They are well-versed in all sorts of personal injuries, slip or trip and fall injuries, animal attacks, wrongful death accidents, and traumatic brain injuries. Anyone injured on someone else's property should not hesitate to hire a legal professional to help them win their case; if they fail, they risk losing more than they have already lost.
Premises Liability California
California premises liability laws are based on negligence. Under California Civil Code 1714(a):
“Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person…”
A homeowner or resident who fails to keep the residential or commercial property in a reasonably safe condition might be responsible for any injuries sustained on that property. The victim might have the ability to submit an accident suit versus the homeowner for damages.
Premises Liability Suits
In premises liability suits, the claim's fundamental components need the complainant to show that the injured party was hurt due to how the accused handled the property. Notably, the complainant needs to show:
- The accused owned, rented, inhabited, or managed the home
- The offender was irresponsible in the upkeep of the property
- The complainant was hurt
- The offender's neglect was a significant factor that triggered the complainant's damage
Compensatory damages in a California premises liability lawsuit can include:
- Current and continuing medical bills including those for physical therapy
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring or disfigurement
It can often be difficult to determine the individual accountable for someone else's property, and therefore at fault. There can also be numerous parties that share obligations for the property and liability. A Los Angeles premises liability attorney can clarify the issues.
CONTACT A Proven Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured on someone's premises, contact a premises liability attorney at Greenberg & Ruby, LLP today. they understand the frustration and stress that can come from seeking compensation from a negligent property owner or manager. They can provide the representation and support in this time of need.