Injured on Someone Else’s Property?
If you or a loved one sustained injuries on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to receive compensation for injuries and damages that occurred as a result of a property owner’s negligence.
The Law Offices of Raul G. Lomas can help you recover compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, grief, physical therapy, lost wages, disfigurement, lost earning capacity, and any related expenses. Your first step is to contact us for a free and confidential consultation. Never deal directly with property owners or insurance companies.
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What is Premises Liability?
Dangerous situations can lurk where you least expect them. Consider that one day you find yourself shopping at your local grocery store, browsing for your favorite brand of coffee. Feeling happy to have found it on sale, you make your way to the next aisle to look for the next item on your list. But somehow and without any notice, you slip violently on a wet floor and fall hard on your back. Your head hits the ground. You’re in severe pain and have to be taken to the hospital. The grocery store did not put up a sign warning customers that the floor had just been mopped. Had they informed its customers that the floor was slippery, you could have avoided yourself years of physical pain and medical expenses.
Slip and fall accidents make up a large portion of premises liability cases. However, these types of situations can manifest in other ways as well.
Premises liability covers personal injury cases that occurred as a result of unsafe or defective conditions on someone else’s property. A premises liability attorney must be able to prove that the injury happened as a result of the property owner’s negligence. Negligence means the owner failed to maintain his or her property and exercised poor judgment in keeping a basic standard of safety.
It’s relatively easy to have the belief that any injury that occurs on someone else’s property means that you have a premises liability case on your hands. But the truth is that it’s not always this clear. A property could be in an unsafe condition but not as a result of a property owner’s negligence. There are many complexities to the law that could determine whether you have a case or not, and for this reason, it’s critical to discuss the details of your accident with a premises liability attorney.
Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability cases can result from the following:
- Dog Bites
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Snow and ice accidents
- Fire outbreak
- Escalator and elevator accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Toxic fumes or chemicals
- Lack of Security leading to assault or injury
This is a limited list, however, we know that accidents can occur in the most bizarre and unusual ways. Each case is unique and requires a high level of expertise. If you’re unsure about your own case, speak with our offices.
In certain jurisdictions, premises liability law makes landowners
responsible for any injuries you sustain on their land. This also includes if you are legally present on someone else’s property without their knowledge or consent such as a government employee like a postal carrier who delivers your mail when you’re not home.
In cases of trespassing, the law can be vaguer, but a landowner can still be held responsible under certain circumstances. Suppose you live in a rural area where land lots are large and property boundaries are not clearly defined. You walk over private property on your way home because it’s a shortcut. Even though you crossed into private property without the owner’s consent, the owner may still be liable if you have an accident on their property. But as with any case, you will always want to consult with an attorney before taking any legal action on your own.
Property Owner Liability in California
In the state of California, both owners and occupants are responsible for maintaining a standard of care and safety, which includes:
- Basic Property Maintenance
- Repairing unsafe conditions
- Routine inspections for hazards
If a landowner is unable to make repairs, then he or she must provide adequate warning of any hazards.
Common Injuries that happen from Premises Liability Accidents
- Bone fractures
- Dog bite puncture wounds
- Physical pain
- Mental Anguish
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Wrongful Death
There is no limit to the list of injuries that can occur. Each case is unique in by its own nature, including the types of injuries that can occur.
Some examples of proof that your injuries are a result of a poorly kept or unmanaged property:
- Broken escalator, elevator, or pavement
- Wet or oily surface
- Equipment malfunction
- Exposed sharp object
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Lack of security
We are Here to Help You as your Premises Liability Attorney
If you have questions or are unsure whether you have a case, it’s always wise to seek legal advice to make sure that you obtain the information you need.
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