File a Claim With a Premises Liability Lawyer Los Angeles
Property owners are required to protect visitors and guests from injuries while on their premises. That carries a different meaning for everyone. It might be providing sufficient security, safety and lighting or protecting people from unwarranted animals on the property.
Premises liability is the legal obligation landowners have to protect you from harm on their property. Per California law owners are held responsible when visitors sustain injuries from hazardous conditions. If you got hurt on someone else’s property, our injury attorney at Grey Law is here to protect your rights and get you the best outcome for your case.
WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE OUR PREMISES LIABILITY ATTORNEY
- Millions have been awarded to our clients in several practice areas
- Grey Law has provided expert legal representation for over 35 years in LA
- We know exactly how premises liability law works and how to recover damages for your pain and suffering
- David Grey is not satisfied until you recover the money you and your family are entitled to.
- Our firm works on a contingency fee basis – meaning you don’t pay us until we’ve secured your compensation!
TYPES OF PREMISES LIABILITY CASES WE SPECIALIZE IN
When you get hurt, the courts heavily rely on California’s premises liability laws. For a better understanding, we provide several examples below, as they come in many varieties.
- Slip and fall
- Swimming pool accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Security negligence and bar fights
- Unsafe building injuries
- Grocery store accidents
- Concert injuries
- Sporting event injuries
Premises liability injuries vary depending on hazardous conditions, including open excavations, uneven pavement, standing water, crumbling curbs, wet floors, uncleared snow, icy walks, falling objects, inadequate security, insufficient lighting, concealed holes, improperly secured mats, or defects in chairs or benches.
California Civil Code 1714 states all parties are responsible for the “result” of their willful acts and injuries to another person by their “want of ordinary care or skill” regarding property management. In other words, negligent owners are at fault and responsible for the victim’s loss, injuries, pain and suffering.
Property owners have a duty of care and must provide a reasonably safe environment for visitors. The duty of care can even apply to a number of others, such as:
- Tenants and renters
- Management companies
These types of cases are quite complex. It is in your best interest to consult with a premises liability attorney to ensure that we understand your case to provide you with the legal guidance you need during this time.
HOW DO YOU PROVE PREMISES LIABILITY?
In order to prove a premises liability case, the following must apply:
- The defendant must possess the land or “premises.”
- The plaintiff must be an invitee or, in certain cases, a licensee. Traditionally, trespassers were not protected under premises liability law. In 1958, the California Supreme Court entitled Rowland v. Christian, which abolished the significance of legal distinctions such as invitee, licensee, or trespasser in determining whether one could hold the possessor of a premises liable for any injuries.
- There must be negligence or some other wrongful act.
- In California, premises liability law requires that property owners must ensure the safety of children, regardless of whether they are supposed to be there or not.
An invitee is a person who is invited upon the premises in order to conduct business with the possessor. For example, shoppers are invitees of department stores because the department store welcomes shoppers to purchase merchandise on its premises. Possessors of property owe invitees the highest duty of care.
A licensee is a person who is present for a non-commercial, non-business purpose at the consent of the possessor of the property, such as a social guest at someone’s residence.
Property owners owe the lowest duty of care to trespassers. Property possessors have no duty to warn trespassers of dangers naturally occurring on the premises, such as quicksand. However, if the possessor is aware of the trespasser, then usually a duty arises to warn the trespasser of dangerous, man-made conditions on the property, such as an electric fence that emits a lethal shock.
If you intend to bring a case against the property owner, there is a range of compensation available to you. After we evaluate your case, our injury attorney will compile a list of damages ranging from:
- Medical expenses
- Medical treatments and medications
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Loss of income
- Legal fees
- Emotional trauma
- Changes in your quality of life
- Punitive damages – to punish the defendant for negligence
Each of our cases is unique per client. What might be best for you will differ from another. Age and health are additional factors that might impact the value of your case.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
In California, personal injury victims have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim and bring a lawsuit against the defendant. The legal term for this limit is called the statute of limitations. Because there is a short window to act, it is vital that you immediately retain the services of an accident attorney. If you fail to meet the deadline, your case will get rejected by the court.
SUPPORTING ARTICLES ABOUT PREMISES LIABILITY
COMMON SLIP AND FALL INJURIES
Unfortunately, slip and fall injuries make up for a large sum of hospital visits each year. Slip and fall injuries can range from minor to serious, depending on the severity of the fall. Here are some common slip and fall injuries that victims can sustain:
- Hip fractures
- Back and spine injuries
- Sprains and fractures
- Shoulder injuries
- Head injuries
If you have become a victim of a slip and fall injury, our team will be able to help you prove liability to recover compensation for the damages you suffered. Contact our team today for a free consultation with a slip and fall injury lawyer in Los Angeles.
HOW A PREMISES LIABILITY CASE WORKS
Here is how your premises liability claim will play out:
- Building the Basics of Your Case: To start, you must show that the person responsible for the injury owned, occupied, or leased the property, that you were harmed while on it, and the negligence of the defendant contributed substantially to that harm.
- The Defendant’s Ownership or Occupation of the Property: You must establish that the defendant is the one who is legally responsible for the property and thus legally responsible for ensuring the safety of all who visit.
- Proving Negligence: You will need to demonstrate that the owner failed to provide a reasonable standard of care.
- Proving the Severity and Impact of Your Injury: You must show that the injuries you sustained in your slip and fall were severe enough to impact your livelihood and financial stability.
UNSAFE BUILDING INJURIES
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.
GROCERY STORE ACCIDENTS
Countless individuals get hurt every year in grocery store accidents, many due to spilled liquids creating slippery surfaces. Supermarkets are like any other establishment and should observe the duty of care to its customers to ensure their safety. If you slipped and fell in a grocery store, the company may be liable for payment of your medical bills.
ELEVATOR AND ESCALATOR ACCIDENTS
It is estimated that escalator and elevator accidents cause about 17,000 injuries every year in the U.S. and cause nearly 30 deaths annually. An attorney will help you take on the company that operates the escalator or elevator you were injured in. A premises liability attorney will sit down with you and work through the facts of your case and the demands you have of the company responsible for the accident.
PARKING LOTS AND PREMISES LIABILITY
When you are in need of attorneys for premises liability claims, make your first call to Grey Law. By doing so, you will learn what is involved in filing and winning a personal injury lawsuit when you are hurt on another’s property in Los Angeles.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PREMISES LIABILITY LAWSUITS
CAN I SUE MY LANDLORD FOR AN INJURY ON THEIR PROPERTY?
The landlord that you are renting your apartment from must fix any hazards on the property. At the very least, they need to alert you if there is anything that can harm you. This is all part of California’s law that landlords must maintain adequate living space for their tenants. If you need to sue your landlord for getting injured in your apartment, click here.
CAN A BAND BE HELD LIABLE FOR AN ATTENDEES’ CONCERT INJURIES?
Artists and bands can be held legally culpable for injuries and deaths at their shows because of the precedence for such events. Throughout history, many attendees have died at concerts due to mosh pits and other injuries.
WHO CAN BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF A PATRON IS INJURED AT A SPORTING EVENT?
What should you do if you sustain such an injury at a sporting event? In most cases, there is no legal recourse in these scenarios. By purchasing a ticket to a game, you are putting yourself in danger.
IF I’M WORKING ON A CUSTOMER’S PROPERTY AS A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR, CAN I SUE THEM FOR AN INJURY?
If you are a contractor, you won’t be able to rely on workers’ comp if you get injured. In the event you hurt yourself in a house you were hired to work on, you may be able to sue for compensation. This, however, depends on your project. If you were supposed to install lighting, but they didn’t tell you they had just mopped their floors and you fell from your ladder, then you’ll be able to sue. If you shocked yourself on a live wire, it might be harder because you were already working on their lighting.
CAN YOU ALWAYS SUE FOR A SLIP AND FALL IN A BUSINESS?
Many people try to make themselves fall so that they can get financial compensation from a business. Nowadays, most grocery stores will have cameras to show whether or not you purposefully caused your accident. You also have a very weak injury claim if you did not suffer any minor injuries.
FREE CONSULTATION WITH A PREMISES LIABILITY ATTORNEY IN LA
Have you or a loved one been injured in a premises liability accident? If so, you should schedule a consultation at Grey Law. Our dedicated Los Angeles personal injury lawyer has represented many clients including premises liability accidents. We have over 35 years of experience and the knowledge to work hard for you and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 323-701-1183 for a free legal case evaluation.