Every year, innocent people suffer injuries due to dangerous conditions on other properties. When a property owner’s negligence causes an accident, the injured victim can pursue compensation through a premises liability lawsuit. Beverly Hills property owners are legally responsible for ensuring their property is reasonably safe for guests, customers, and other invitees.
The Beverly Hills premises liability attorneys at Saeedian Law Group represent clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California who’ve been injured on the negligently maintained property. Our experienced trial attorneys have successfully handled many personal injury cases caused by negligence and recklessness. We are prepared to pursue the full compensation you need after a premises liability injury.
Types of Beverly Hills Premises Liability Cases We Handle
Property owners, especially businesses open to the public, are required to maintain their properties. They must make reasonable inspections of their property and fix any unsafe conditions that aren’t obvious by fixing the dangerous conditions or by posting an adequate warning of the danger. They must regularly maintain their property to ensure the conditions are safe and free of hazards that could cause injuries.
Unsafe conditions are often caused by temporarily dangerous areas, such as a slippery walkway after a rainstorm or debris left at a construction site. Saeedian Law Group attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of premises liability cases in Beverly Hills, including injuries caused by the following:
- Wet floors
- Poorly-marked steps, ramps, or slopes
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Unmarked construction sites or other repair sites
- Malfunctioning escalators and elevators
- Dangerous staircases
- Poorly lit areas
- Icy sidewalks
- Uneven flooring
- Debris left on walkways
- Collapsing decks
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Pools without fences or other safety measures
Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common yet dangerous types of premises liability injuries. When grocery stores, restaurants, and retail locations fail to clean up spills on the floor or warn customers about the spill, their customers can become seriously injured. Even if another customer, not an employee, caused the spill, the store owner still has a legal obligation to clean up the spill in a reasonable time.
Slip and fall accidents can happen any time an innocent victim slips and falls on a wet floor, marked stairs, uneven floors, or dimly lit stairs. Injuries from slip and fall accidents can give rise to premises liability lawsuits when the accident happens because of the property owner’s negligence.
The injuries caused by slip and fall accidents can vary from bruises and scrapes to serious injuries. Older individuals are more likely to suffer broken hips when they slip and fall. They often never regain their full mobility and need ongoing medical care. Slip and fall accidents can also cause traumatic brain injuries that result in disabling, painful, and ongoing medical symptoms. A victim may begin falling and hit his or her head on a shelf or on the hard floor.
Store owners in their insurance companies will likely try to deny that the accident was their responsibility, or they may dispute the severity of the victim’s injuries. Suppose you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in Beverly Hills. In that case, Saeedian Law Group will vigorously protect your rights, gather eyewitness and expert testimony, and develop an effective strategy for you to recover compensation.
Safety Code Violations Can Lead to Devastating Injuries
Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their buildings meet all local, state, and federal building codes. These codes are designed to protect customers, clients, and members of the public from becoming injured. If you’ve been injured on another person’s property, you will need to prove that there was a dangerous condition on the property that caused your injuries. One way to prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries is to provide evidence that the property owner failed to comply with a code violation.
Suppose an elevated area does not have a guardrail and a child falls off of the elevated area, becoming seriously injured. The failure to have a guardrail would likely constitute a building code violation. When a property owner’s violation of a building code causes the type of accident that the code was designed to prevent, the victim will benefit from the presumption of negligence, called negligence per se.
Proving Liability in Premises Liability Claims
When we investigate premises liability cases, we will determine whether the property owner has violated a building code violation, which can help plaintiffs obtain the compensation they deserve. However, even if there was not a building code violation, victims may still have a right to compensation. They will need to prove that a dangerous condition on the property existed and the property owner failed to fix it or warn guests or customers.
Negligent Security Cases in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills property owners have a legal obligation to keep their guests and customers safe from criminal acts. When property owners negligently fail to keep their property safe, victims can be injured due to sexual assault, assault, and other crimes. For example, suppose an apartment complex owner knows or should have known that sexual assaults have occurred in a dark stairway in the apartment complex. In that case, the property owner should take action to make the stairway safer through surveillance cameras, lighting, and potentially by hiring a security guard. If a resident becomes injured due to sexual assault in the stairway, he or she will likely have a right to pursue compensation through a negligent security lawsuit.
Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Many Beverly Hills residents ride escalators in elevators daily while at work, shopping, or in our condo or apartment building. When property owners fail to ensure that their elevators and escalators are well maintained and working effectively, victims can become seriously injured or die in elevator and escalator accidents.
Under California law, property owners with elevators or escalators are considered common carriers. Consequently, they will be held to a heightened standard of care and must use utmost care and diligence to ensure their elevators and escalators operate safely.
Discuss Your Case with a Premises Liability Attorney in Beverly Hills
If you or your loved one have been seriously injured because of a dangerous condition on another person’s property, it’s crucial that you reach out to an attorney. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages. Don’t hesitate to contact Saeedian Law Group to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.