Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their buildings and to keep people reasonably safe from harm in those buildings. Premises liability is a broad legal term that refers to liability for dangerous conditions of property. Under premises liability laws, property owners may be held financially responsible for accidents or injuries that occur on their property due to their negligence. In California, premises liability cases can encompass a range of issues, from uniform building code violations to improper maintenance or management. It can also involve defective design or construction that leads to injury or death on public or private property.
A building may be unsafe for any number of reasons. The architect may have been negligent in designing the structure, so that it is structurally unsound and unable to withstand weight load, climate variances or movements under the earth. The owner or the builder may have also used untested, substandard or inadequate material in an attempt to minimize costs, leading to deterioration of parts of the structure. The building’s owner has a duty to remedy any known defects or to provide you with reasonable notice of any potential safety risk. The premises liability attorneys at Grey Law will handle any injury claim arising as a result of architectural or contractor negligence, as well as premises liability claims against owners for operating unsafe structures.
In determining whether a building was unsafe there must be a defect or unreasonable risk of harm present. The defect must be of such a nature as to constitute a dangerous condition which would reasonably be expected to cause injury to a prudent person using ordinary care under the circumstances. Also, whether a building poses an unreasonable risk of injury to others is an issue that requires careful legal analysis to determine the scope of the duty or legal cause of the injury. In order to recover in strict liability against the owner of a dangerous building, the injured person must prove that the building or its appurtenances posed an unreasonable risk of injury to others and that his or her damage occurred through this risk.
If you have been injured through the negligence of another, you have rights and deserve full compensation for your serious injury. Contact the Los Angeles premises liability attorneys to discuss your personal injury claim and how we can help. Call us today at 323-857-9500 for a free legal case evaluation.
Our attorneys have handled a wide range of unsafe building and premises liability claims, including claims involving:
- Slip and falls
- Falling objects or debris
- Defective escalators or elevators
- Hazardous windows and doors
- Fires/explosions caused by failed fire warning systems
- Deck or building collapses
- Cracked sidewalks
- Worn and raised carpeting
- Unsafe floor boarding
- Snow and ice
- Construction, scaffolding and crane injuries
- Dangerous driveways
- Missing or broken handrails
Injuries caused by conditions such as these can include serious injuries such as paralysis, brain injury, disfigurement and burns. However serious their injuries, clients can rely on us to be strong advocates in the courtroom, at the negotiating table or during an arbitration or mediation session.
Premises liability cases are often complex and involve other areas of the law, including product liability and construction issues. At Grey Law we have 25 years experience handling complex premises liability cases. If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property and require the advice of an attorney, please call our office today at 323-857-9500. We understand the importance of moving quickly to investigate, document and pursue premises liability claims. We will help you get the compensation you deserve to help you pay for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering and other expenses.