Los Angeles Premises Liability Lawyers
Help for People Who Were Injured on Someone’s Else Property
Although slipping on a wet floor or tripping on an uplifted sidewalk might not seem as dramatic as a car crash, a fall can cause just as much injury as a crash, and oftentimes even more. Property owners have a duty to people who come onto their land: to make sure they are not at risk of serious injury. Whether a homeowner fails to mow the lawn and creates a tripping hazard due to concealed sprinkler heads, or a business owner refuses to provide a handrail on stairs where handrails are required, every property owner is expected to maintain his or her land in a reasonably safe condition.
People who get injured on someone else's property are told they should watch where they are going or that their injury was because they are "clumsy." In reality, these kinds of accidents are often the result of a property owner's negligence. Fortunately, victims do not have to just "deal with it."
If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else's property and you believe they are responsible, call a Los Angeles premises liability lawyer at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation. Your consultation is free, and we know what to do to see that you get justice.
Premises Liability Explained
In general, "premises liability" refers to an area of civil law covering the responsibilities of property owners to make sure legally invited guests are safe on their land. While no one is expected to predict every possible accident that could occur, property owners are expected to take reasonable steps to ensure other people are safe on their properties. Failing to do what a reasonable person would do is called "negligence," and it makes the property owner liable for injuries that occur as a direct result of that negligence.
Common Premises Liability Accidents
If you are unsure if you have a premises liability case, the best way to know is to talk to an experienced LA premises injury attorney. Some common accidents we’ve seen include:
- Slip-and-falls on wet or slick floors, especially in retail stores, supermarkets, or restaurants
- Falls down poorly maintained stairs
- Trip-and-falls on sidewalks due to poor maintenance or tree roots
- Trip-and-falls in apartments on poorly maintained walkways or lawns
- Pet attacks, like dog bites (there are specific laws regarding this)
- Trip-and-falls due to poor lighting
- Swimming pool accidents
Injuries from Premises Liability Accidents
In general, some common injuries that we see in Los Angeles premises accidents include:
- Hip fractures
- Hand or wrist fractures (from attempting to stop a fall)
- Fractured foot or ankle injury
- Neck and shoulder injury
- Upper and lower back injury
- Spinal cord injury (especially from falls down stairs)
- Traumatic brain injuries (especially from falls down stairs)
How to Hold a Property Owner Responsible
If you fall down the stairs or trip on a walkway, a lot of property owners will try to say it was not their fault. However, many of these accidents could have been prevented if the property owner took steps to fix a dangerous condition. One of the most important things you can do after an accident is to document the conditions of the property when your injury occurred. Take a picture of stairs in disrepair, or a lawn that is not cared for. Otherwise, the property owner might fix the problem that caused your injury and you lose proof of their negligence.
The best way to hold a Los Angeles-area property owner liable is through the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Call Novik & Stanley at (818) 305-6041 today to set up your free consultation with our team. Once we’re on your side, we won’t rest until you’re fully and fairly compensated for your injuries and other losses.
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