California Premises Liability Law
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Premises liability law is based upon both statute and case law. Many issues arise in premises liability cases that require careful analysis because the laws are complex and establishing liability can be difficult. For these reasons, it is always a good idea to contact a premises liability law attorney for a free consultation.
The premises liability attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers have over 65 years combined experience representing accident and injury victims. Contact Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers today for a free case evaluation by calling 1-800-718-4658, or by completing the contact form on this page. We have 24 locations throughout California, with an office near you.
Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers handles the following types of Premises Liability Claims:
- Slip & Fall
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Construction Injuries
- Electric Shock Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Negligent Security
Most Recent Accident Settlements and Victories
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LEGAL THEORY OF PREMISES LIABILITY
A person entering a property possesses a reasonable expectation that he will be safe, provided that his or her actions do not contribute to a dangerous situation. Premises liability law is founded upon the principle that those who have control over the property, i.e. owners and residents, are liable should an injury accident occur on it. The most common type of injury in premises liability cases is a slip and fall, but there are many types of premises liability claims.
LEGAL STATUS OF A VISITOR
One issue that weighs on the question of liability is the status of the visitor. Under premises liability law, there are three types of visitors that are recognized: invitee, licensee, and trespasser.
An invitee is a person who is lawfully allowed access, such as a customer in a store. The invitee possesses a reasonable expectation that the premises have been maintained in a safe manner.
A licensee is someone who enters a property at the consent of the owner, such as a social guest.
A trespasser is an individual who enters premises without permission. The trespasser does not enjoy an expectation of safety. There are a few, limited exceptions where a trespasser may be able to recover for his or her injuries.
CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY
The condition of property pertains to maintaining premises to a standard that requires reasonable care to ensure the safety of invitees, licensees, and in rare instances – trespassers. The owner has a duty of care to inspect the premises on a regular basis, and either repair dangerous conditions or post warnings of any known dangerous conditions.
CHILDREN AND PREMISES LIABILITY
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that each year more than 200,000 children under age 15 are treated for playground injuries. Where children are expected to be lawfully on premises, such as a playground, additional safety precautions can be required that go above and beyond the duty of care owed to adults.
FALL ACCIDENTS AND PREMISES LIABILITY
Many accidents giving rise to a premises liability claim involve slip and falls. The National Safety Council reports that 8.9 million people are treated in emergency rooms each year for fall-related accidents. The elderly are at particular risk for fall injuries. Each year, a third of adults age 65 and over will fall and require medical care.
SHOULD I HIRE A PREMISES LIABILITY ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY CLAIM?
Yes. If you have fallen or suffered another injury while legally on another person’s premises, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, wage loss, and pain and suffering. It is important that you contact a premises liability law attorney as soon as possible, to determine if you have a claim for your injuries. Contact the premises liability attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation by calling 1-800-718-4658, or by completing the contact form on this page.