Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that refers to the responsibility of property owners to provide reasonably safe conditions for residents, guests, workers, and visitors. Under California law, property owners can be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. If you’ve sustained injuries on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Albert E. Hirst Law Offices now by calling (909) 885-7190 to discuss your case.
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For premises liability to apply in a personal injury situation, you must have been injured on the property of another, you must be considered either an invitee or a licensee, and your injuries must be the result of negligence or another wrongful act. In most instances, trespassers, or those who are present on another’s property without permission, do not enjoy the same protections as invitees or licensees under premises liability law. You are an invitee if you are on someone else’s property to conduct business with the owner or possessor. For example, if you are shopping at a grocery store or other retail store, you are considered an invitee. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care. Licensees, on the other hand, are those who are present for non-business purposes and with the owner or possessor’s consent. If you are visiting a friend’s house, you are typically considered a licensee. Again, trespassers are owed the lowest duty of care, and a property owner generally only needs to warn a trespasser of dangerous conditions if the owner is aware of the trespasser’s presence.
Many accidents and incidents might be considered premises liability cases in California, including:
- Slip or Trip & Fall Accidents
- Injuries due to Inadequate Lighting in Hallways or Parking Lots, Inadequate Security, or Loose Railings
- Dog Bites
- Swimming Pool Drowning
Common injuries that one might sustain in a premises liability accident include:
- Bumps and Bruises
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
To obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages, you will first have to establish the negligence of the property owner. In most instances, a property owner or possessor must use reasonable care to maintain their premises in a safe condition, and they must warn visitors of any concealed dangers. Thus, to establish negligence, you will have to prove misconduct on the part of the owner or occupier of the property. To discuss whether you might have a valid premises liability claim, contact an experienced premises liability lawyer in San Bernardino & Hemet at the Albert E. Hirst Law Offices today.
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Accidents and injuries that occur on the property of another can range from minor to severe. But no matter what your injuries might be, you may be entitled to compensation if you believe that the accident occurred as a result of the property owner’s negligent or reckless actions. If you’ve been injured in a premises liability accident in the San Bernardino, Hemet, or Inland Empire areas, it is important that you contact an experienced California Personal Injury Lawyer at the Albert E. Hirst Law Offices as soon as possible. Albert E. Hirst, III, has the skills, dedication, and the resources necessary to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. We don’t get paid unless and until your case successfully settles or wins at trial, so be sure to contact us right away. Call us today at (909) 885-7190 to schedule your free consultation and learn what we can do for you.