Premises Liability in California Defined
Premise accidents are comprised of incidents caused by the carelessness of property owners who fail to keep their properties hazard-free. Incidents classified as premise accidents include slip and fall accidents, drowning in swimming pools, dog bites, electrocution, illness from toxic mold, and death or injury from fires and smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide due to faulty smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. Despite the fact that these injuries can be relatively minor, many are left seriously injured, permanently debilitated from injuries such as burns, neck injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, electric shocks, and broken bones, or even killed.
The most common causes of premise liability cases include poor construction, the use of cheap materials, building code violations, defective electrical wiring, snow or water left on walkways, worn out floorboards, unsafe pedestrian conditions, or negligent security at business. These accidents can occur on public property including shopping centers, grocery stores, elevators, escalators, amusement parks, bars and nightclubs, sports arenas, community swimming pools, parks, and schools, as well as government-owned, and privately owned property.
It is the legal duty of property owners, homeowners, landlords, and government agencies to keep their property safe and inform the public when known hazards exist. Property safety also accounts for violent crime, and those who fail to keep their property safe against violent crime may be prosecuted. Victims of violent crime committed on public or private property may be subject to compensation due to a legal concept called negligent security. This concept signifies that owners in areas with high crime rates are expected to provide sufficient lighting of dark alleys and parking lots, surveillance cameras, locked gates, or security guards in order to enhance safety.
Another significant component regarding the liability of property owners in personal injury cases is visitor status. A court will hold a property owner responsible if the owner owed the injured party a “duty of care,” and if that duty of care was violated. This duty of care is dependent on the relationship between the property owner and the injured party and these relationships can be classified as invitee, licensee, and trespasser. An invitee is someone that the landowner has invited to his or her property to conduct business, such as a shopper in a mall. A licensee is someone that the property owner has allowed to enter into his or her property for noncommercial purposes, such as a social guest. A trespasser is someone who is not directly permitted onto the landowner’s property. Contrary to popular belief, a property owner may still be held responsible for injury caused to a trespasser, even though the trespasser has committed the crime.
Pride Legal Has the Lawyer to Help You With Your Case
If you or a loved one has been injured on another person’s property, it is best to contact Pride Legal immediately because landowners, government agencies, corporations, and insurance companies aggressively defend themselves against liability. Our trusted Premises Liability and Negligent Security Attorneys in Los Angeles can not only inform you on the legal rights that come into play in these instances, but also help you receive compensation for any resulting injuries. Under California law, property owners are responsible for keeping their property free and safe of injuries. When owners fail to meet this condition, and accidents occur, then the owner of the property may be held responsible for damages through a liability claim. We strongly believe that you should not, under any circumstance, have to suffer alone. The attorneys at Pride Legal are experienced at holding property owners accountable for their disregard and negligence. When filing these cases for litigation, time also plays a key role in premise liability cases because of regulations on limitation. Thus, the faster you call, the faster we can help you fight for your legal rights.
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