Lake Forest Premises Liability Attorneys
Injuries sustained on other people’s property are referred to as premises liability cases. Causes for injuries inside buildings may include: poor lighting, sudden changes in floor height, torn carpeting, lack of handrails on stairs, or wet floors, among other things. Outside buildings, causes for injuries may include: poor lighting, uneven ground, lack of handrails, concealed pot holes, broken stairs, swimming pools, dangerous animals, lack of security or shoddy maintenance. Liability (legal responsibility) for these types of accidents can occur on residential, commercial or public property. Our firm represents plaintiffs against legally responsible owners or occupiers of residential, commercial or public property.
Should an accident occur to a tenant, patron, or visitor while on someone else's property, the owner of that property is liable if it can be proven that their behavior contributed to the injury. To litigate a premises liability case, a plaintiff must be able to prove that the property owners created unsafe conditions, or failed to properly maintain the property, resulting in the injuries.
In California, it is not enough to simply own the property where the accident took place. For liability to be placed with the property owner, an attorney must be able to prove negligence took place that led directly to the incident. Further, the owner's duty of care may change depending on whether the victim is an invitee, licensee, or trespasser.
To successfully win a premises liability case, you need attorneys who understand the various nuances of premises liability, and who understand the distinctions between invitees, licensees, and trespassers, as the degree of responsibility owed by an owner varies according to the status of the person who is injured.
You may be able to file a lawsuit for a premises liability accident if:
- You are a tenant injured due to, among other things, poor lighting, sudden changes in floor height, torn carpeting, lack of handrails on stairs, wet floors, uneven ground, concealed pot holes, broken stairs, swimming pools, dangerous animals, lack of security, or shoddy maintenance at your dwelling;
- You are a visitor injured at someone’s residence or business due to a dangerous condition if you were not adequately warned of the existence of the dangerous condition, or if the owner failed to remedy the dangerous condition in a timely manner;
- You are on the property of another and are injured by a dangerous condition that the owner knew or should have known about, and did nothing to warn of the dangerous condition or remedy the dangerous condition.
If you were injured at another party's home, property, or business and you believe the accident was a result of the recklessness or negligence of another, our Lake Forest premises liability lawyers may be able to help you. A successful claim may help to recover the expenses associated with medical bills, lost earnings, disability, disfigurement, or emotional distress you suffered.
Call our team at (949) 438-2660 today to learn more about how we can assist you! We proudly offer free consultations.