In California, property owners have a duty to provide premises that are reasonably safe for others. This is known as a “duty of care,” and it applies to all property owners—public, private, and municipal. Los Angeles property owners owe this duty of care to anyone who is legally on their property, such as employees, tenants, customers, clients, guests, etc. Generally speaking, property owners do not owe this duty of care to trespassers, except in very limited circumstances. If you were injured as a result of unsafe property conditions, and you believe a property owner acted negligently in maintaining a reasonably safe property, contact Saeedian Law Group for a free consultation with an experienced premises liability lawyer in Los Angeles County.
Examples of Premises Liability Lawsuits
While all property owners owe a duty of care to legal visitors to their properties, the scope of this duty of care varies somewhat, depending on the circumstances. For example, a store owner typically owes a greater duty of care to her customers than a homeowner owes his friend who comes over for a visit. Store owners must either conduct routine maintenance or ensure that such maintenance is carried out by a manager or employee.
Homeowners, in contrast, do not need to routinely maintain their properties. However, this does not mean that a homeowner cannot be held liable for a dangerous condition if he or she is found to have acted negligently in fixing, addressing, or warning a visitor of the condition.
The same is true of other types of property owners, such as owners of stores, offices, amusement parks, governmental buildings, medical facilities, and schools.
In order to bring a Los Angeles premises liability claim against a property owner, you must prove the following four elements:
The Property Owner Owed You a Duty of Care
This can be established by showing that you were legally on the premises (as a customer, invited guest, employee, tenant, etc.) at the time of the incident. In cases of trespassing, victims may still be able to hold property owners liable. Some examples include when the trespasser is a minor or if the property owner actively tried to harm the trespasser.
The Property Owner Breached this Duty of Care
To show this, you will need to prove that the property owner was negligent in some way. This is usually accomplished by showing that a dangerous condition existed and that the property owner knew of or should have known of the condition, yet did nothing to repair, fix, address, or warn others of the condition.
You Suffered Injuries/Damages
You must be able to show that you were actually injured or that you suffered damages in some way. If you trip on uneven flooring in a doctor’s office and start to fall but catch yourself before you are injured, you will likely not be able to bring a successful premises liability claim.
Premises Liability: You Were Injured as a Result of the Breach of Duty of Care
You must show that your injuries and/or damages were a direct result of the property owner’s negligence/failure to uphold the duty of care he/she owed to you. For example, if you slipped and fell on a puddle of water in a store that was not marked and broke your wrist as a result, you will most likely be able to prove that the store owner’s negligence led to your broken wrist.
Common Premises Liability Accidents
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall injuries occur when a person slips, trips, or falls due to hazardous conditions like wet floors, uneven surfaces, or debris. If you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury on someone else’s property, our premises liability attorneys can help you seek compensation.
Negligent Security Incidents
Inadequate security measures can lead to assaults, robberies, or other criminal activities on a property. If you’ve been a victim of negligent security, our experienced lawyers can assist in holding the property owner accountable.
Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Elevator and escalator accidents can occur when these mechanical devices malfunction, leading to injuries such as trips, falls, or entrapment. Examples of malfunctioning can include sudden stops, doors closing on passengers, or defective parts. Property owners and maintenance companies have a duty to ensure these devices are safe and well-maintained to prevent accidents.
Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Property owners can be held liable for dog bites and animal attacks that occur on their premises. If a dog or other animal on the property attacks and injures someone, the owner may be held liable for the resulting injuries. If you’ve suffered from a dog bite injury, contact our premises liability lawyers to explore your legal options.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Inadequate fencing, lack of supervision, or slippery surfaces around swimming pools can result in accidents and drownings. Examples include inadequate fencing, lack of lifeguards or supervision, slippery surfaces, or faulty pool equipment.
Objects falling from shelves, construction sites, or poorly maintained structures can cause serious injuries. Property owners are responsible for ensuring that objects are securely placed and that construction areas are properly managed to prevent such accidents. If you’ve been hurt by a falling object, our premises liability legal team can help you seek justice.
Fire and Electrical Accidents
Fires caused by faulty wiring or inadequate safety measures can lead to severe injuries and property damage. Property owners must ensure that electrical systems are up to code and that proper fire safety measures are in place to protect occupants.
Exposure to hazardous substances like mold, chemicals, or asbestos can have long-term health effects. Property owners must take appropriate measures to prevent toxic exposure and provide a safe environment for occupants and visitors. If you’ve suffered from toxic exposure on a property, our premises liability attorneys can guide you through the legal process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any of these premises liability accidents, contact our experienced team of premises liability lawyers for a free consultation. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney Today!
At Saeedian Law Group, our premises liability lawyers in Los Angeles represent individuals who have suffered serious injuries or the death of a loved one in all types of premises accidents.
We can help you if you slipped and fell in a store, were bitten by a dog at someone’s home, suffered severe injuries in an amusement park accident, or lost a loved one in a drowning accident at a public pool.
Our LA personal injury attorney understands what you have been through; we are here to guide you through the legal process and seek the maximum compensation you are owed. Contact Saeedian Law Group today for a free consultation at (310) 288-3000 or by filling out the contact form.