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Premises Liability Cases in California: General Overview

Premises liability is the legal concept that generally involves personal injury claims where a person’s injury was caused by some form of defective or unsafe condition on another’s property.

Just as most personal injury lawsuits, premises liability claims are fundamentally based on negligence. A person who has been injured while on another’s property will need to demonstrate that the property owner was negligent in reasonably maintaining a safe premises.

It is worth noting that hazards or dangerous conditions found in another’s property does not necessarily imply negligence. In order to demonstrate that negligence was present, the claimant will need to demonstrate that the property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe condition and yet failed to take the proper steps to fix the situation.

Premises liability laws in the State of California can be highly complex and difficult to understand. Additionally, many cases require research and the collection of concrete evidence. If you or someone you know has sustained an injury as a result of a property owner’s negligence, seek the expertise of a knowledgeable attorney. Attorneys who have experience in handling premises liability claims will understand factors necessary for a successful claim.

Examples of a Premises Liability Lawsuit

There are many different forms of personal injury claims that could be classified as premises liability lawsuits. These could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Slip, trip, and fall injury cases,
  • Snow or ice incidents,
  • Defective conditions,
  • Inadequate maintenance,
  • Inadequate security,
  • Escalator accidents,
  • Elevator accidents,
  • Dog bite injury lawsuits,
  • Swimming pool injury accidents,
  • Amusement park incidents,
  • Fire incidents,
  • Flooding or water leak accidents, and
  • Chemical or toxic fume accidents

Premises liability lawsuits filed in California can include many different types of fact scenarios. As a result, even dog bite injury cases can fall under premises liability law since they can involve the unsafe condition of another’s property. 

Reasonable Duty of Care

Although many states will require that property owners exercise a reasonable duty of care with respect to the maintenance of the property and those who enter the premises, other states will only have laws that protect those who were lawfully in the premises.

If you have been injured while in the premises of another party, it is imperative that you seek the legal advice of a qualified attorney. Whether or not you believe you were in the premises lawfully, a proficient attorney will take a look at the facts surrounding your case, and help you determine if you have a valid claim. It is worth noting that personal injury claims in California are strictly time sensitive. Consider speaking to an attorney as soon as possible in order to file a premises liability lawsuit.

The Benefits of Filing for a Premises Liability Lawsuit

Many injuries sustained as a result of a premises liability lawsuit can have devastating consequences. Most injuries can quickly result in expensive medical costs and many can also affect a person’s ability to earn a living. If you have suffered injuries due to a property owner’s negligence, seek the legal expertise of an expert premises liability attorney.

Attorney Albert E. Hirst is an expert in the field of premises liability cases in the State of California. He has successfully helped many injured victims when property owners have failed to ensure the safety of thoses within the property. Premises liability claims require the proficient support of a skilled attorney; Attorney Albert E. Hirst is qualified to represent injured victims.