Los Angeles Premises Liability Lawyer
Aggressive representation for clients injured on public or private property throughout California
Whether you were injured when a restaurant deck collapsed, or you fell down stairs when the railing gave way on someone else’s property, premises liability laws in California provide the opportunity for victims to recover compensation for injuries and other losses.
The seasoned Los Angeles premises liability lawyers at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP provide high-quality representation for those suffering serious injuries as the result of a negligently maintained facility. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to explain your incident with our legal team, and we will offer guidance on the options available to you.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability is a subsection of personal injury law that focuses on the injuries a person might sustain when he or she is on someone else’s property.
Property owners' legal duty of care per California law
In California, property owners owe a duty of care to those who are visiting their property to protect them from known hazards and to make a reasonable effort to prevent those hazards. If the property owner becomes aware of a dangerous condition on his or her property and does not make repairs or give notice of a dangerous condition that has not yet been repaired, or is irreparable, the owner may be held liable for any injuries to a visitor.
According to CACI No. 1001. Basic Duty of Care, a person who owns/leases/occupies/controls property is negligent if he or she fails to use reasonable care to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition. A person who owns/leases/occupies/controls property must use reasonable care to discover any unsafe conditions and to repair, replace or give adequate warning of anything that could be reasonably expected to harm others.
Examples of premises liability accidents
The following are just a few of the many examples of premises liability accidents that could occur. Each of these cases is complicated, but our Los Angeles premises liability attorneys have more than 30 years of experience helping clients recover the compensation they need to for medical expenses and other losses associated with the injury.
- Slip and fall
- Animal attacks
- Pool accidents
- Negligent security
- Negligent maintenance
Negligent security cases
Property owners owe their tenants and guests a duty of care to keep them reasonably safe from known hazards, which might include assault. Legally, property owners must take the necessary safety measures to make tenants and guests aware of the possible dangers or hazards. If guests are injured because of a dangerous condition that could have been prevented had there been adequate security, property owners can be held liable for the guests’ injuries and losses.
Some examples of negligent security cases include:
- Negligent hotel security
- Inadequate lighting or parking lot surveillance
- Negligent security at a shopping mall
- Negligent college campus security
- Negligent security at sports stadiums
- Negligent security at theme parks
- Negligent concert venue security
- Negligent nightclub security
- Negligent apartment complex security
What damages can I receive in a premises liability claim?
Before you can recover compensation for your injuries and other losses in a premises liability accident, you as the plaintiff are required to prove the property owner’s negligence. If you prevail, there are several types of damages that you might recover depending on the details of your case, including:
- Medical costs for past, present and future medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost wages for the time missed from work while recovering from your injuries
- Diminished earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Other losses
How can a Los Angeles premises liability lawyer help my case?
While some premises liability cases are straightforward, as in the example of a deck collapse, other cases are more complex and may require subject matter experts to review the evidence and provide proof that the incident caused the plaintiff’s injury.
The majority of premises liability cases will involve the defendant’s insurance company, and it’s important to understand that they do not have your best interests in mind. Because of this, you need an experienced attorney who understands premises liability law and how to properly document and argue your case.
Not every injury sustained on someone else's property gives rise to a cause of action for a premises liability claim. But if you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury because of negligent conditions, you may have grounds for legal action. By contacting a Los Angeles premises liability lawyer, you can determine how to best proceed and vigorously pursue the maximum damages you are entitled to receive for your claim.
Schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles premises liability lawyer today
If you or someone you care about has been injured on someone else’s property due to their negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages that result from your injuries. You may also be able to recover damages for your non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. Call 310.474.1582 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options with a Los Angeles premises liability lawyer at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP today. Our office is conveniently located in Westwood.