Premises Liability Attorneys in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California
Every year, many people within California and the United States are injured due to the negligence of property owners who do not keep their premises properly maintained and free from hazards. Although some of these injuries are relatively minor, thousands of people are seriously injured, permanently disabled or even killed due to accidents on public, private and government-owned property.
These types of incidents include slip and fall accidents on wet, icy or uneven walkways, sidewalks, driveways, stairways and floors; drowning in public or private swimming pools and hot tubs; dog bites and other animal bites or attacks; electrocution from faulty electrical wiring; illness from toxic mold and other ventilation problems; and other death or injury from fires and smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning due to malfunctioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
In addition to accidents on private property, many injuries occur in places that are considered public. Public places where injuries occur every day include shopping centers, grocery stores, elevators, escalators, amusement parks, stadiums, bars and nightclubs, community swimming pools, parks and schools, as well as government and other public buildings.
Other types of personal injury can occur when someone is a victim of a crime committed on public or private property. Victims of violent crime committed on public or private property may be able to sue for damages due to a legal principle known as negligent security. Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe from foreseeable risks, and this has been found to often time include violent crime. For example, owners of buildings or properties that exist in high-crime areas might reasonably be expected to provide adequate safety lighting of dark alleys and parking lots, security cameras, reinforced locks and gates, or security guards or other security measures as necessary to keep the public safe.
Visitor status is another important factor when considering a property owner’s liability in personal injury cases. A court will impose liability on a property owner if the owner owed the injured party a “duty of care,” and if that duty of care was breached. This duty of care depends on the relationship between the person owning or possessing the property and the injured party. These relationships fall into three areas: invitee, licensee and trespasser. An example of an invitee is a shopper in a grocery store or a diner at a restaurant; in other words, someone invitee by the property owner to conduct business on their premises. A licensee would be a personal guest at a social event at someone’s home. And a trespasser, as the name suggests, is someone who is not expressly invited onto the landowner’s property. It might be assumed that a property owner would bear no responsibility if a trespasser is injured on the landowner’s property, but there are cases in which a property owner has been found to be liable for injuries sustained by a trespasser, even during the commission of a crime.
Property owners, homeowners, landlords, government agencies and other landowners have a moral and legal responsibility to keep their facilities and property reasonably free from unsafe conditions that could cause injury or death to people, and to notify the public when known dangers are present.
California law holds property owners liable to an injured party for damages due to injury or death that may occur due to negligence or unsafe conditions on landowner’s property. Landowners, government agencies, corporations and their insurance companies fiercely defend themselves against liability. This is why it is critically important that if you or a loved one have been injured or killed due to the negligence caused on another’s property to immediately seek out the advice and counsel of an experienced premises liability attorney to discuss your rights. These lawsuits are often problematic and difficult because there are often multiple defendants, businesses, agencies and insurers involved. Further, it can be complicated to establish the level of responsibility of each involved party. There are also statutes of limitation that apply to premise liability cases, so time is a critical factor when filing these cases for litigation.
At Hakimfar Law, our experienced Premises Liability and Negligent Security Attorneys are here to help you recover what you are entitled to when you or a family member have been injured due to someone’s negligence. We work on a contingency basis for personal injury cases, which means that there is no fee unless we recover damages on behalf of the plaintiff.
Contact our attorneys online for a free case consultation or call our Los Angeles office toll free 800-276-6666. We handle premise liability and negligent security cases throughout Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County and surrounding areas and throughout the state of California.
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