Did you suffer an injury on someone else’s property due to a hazardous condition? If so, you could be entitled to seek compensation from the property owner or manager for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses due to your injury. You should not bear the financial burden of another person’s negligence. Luckily, you do not have to face this challenging time alone.
Sean Shamsi has extensive experience helping injury victims in Los Angeles, having secured tens of millions of dollars in compensation. When you come to The Shamsi Law Firm, APC for help, you can count on Sean to give your case the undivided attention it deserves. He understands that a personal injury lawsuit is your opportunity to be heard — and the insurance companies know Sean has a powerful voice.
Contact The Shamsi Law Firm, APC today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a premises liability lawyer in Los Angeles.
What Are Common Types of Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal concept allowing injury victims to hold property owners and occupants liable for accidents and injuries on their premises. In California, every property owner and occupant has a legal duty to maintain their property reasonably safe for visitors. This duty of care requires owners and occupants to inspect the premises for any hazardous conditions regularly and to either make repairs to or provide adequate warnings about such dangers.
The premises liability cases The Shamsi Law Firm, APC handles typically involve one of the following:
- Slip-and-Falls – Perhaps one of the most common types of premises liability cases, slip-and-falls arise when a person slips, trips, or falls due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Wet floors, recently waxed surfaces, spills, and other potentially dangerous conditions frequently lead to these accidents.
- Dog Bites – Dog and pet owners are strictly liable for injuries their dogs inflict on others in California. Strict liability means the owner is responsible for the bite or attack regardless of whether the dog has any history of aggression. Victims of dog bites or attacks do not need to prove negligence on the owner’s part to hold them responsible.
- Uneven Pavement – Broken or uneven pavement can create tripping hazards, whether on sidewalks, parking lots, or other surfaces. Property owners are typically expected to maintain these areas and repair any dangerous conditions in a timely manner.
- Swimming Pool Accidents – Unsecured swimming pools can lead to tragic accidents, especially among unattended children. Owners are required to have safety precautions like fencing or alarms to prevent unauthorized or unsupervised access to their pools.
- Faulty Elevators and Escalators – Malfunctioning elevators and escalators can cause severe injuries. Property owners and management companies are responsible for ensuring that these devices are in proper working order and safe to operate.
- Negligent Security – If someone gets hurt due to a criminal act on a property, the property owner might be responsible if adequate security measures are not in place. Negligent security might be a factor in cases involving hotels, parking garages, apartment complexes, and other locations with a reasonable expectation of visitor safety.
What Are Typical Places Where Premises Liability Accidents Occur?
Premises liability accidents can happen almost anywhere. But they are especially prevalent in places where many people gather or move about — and Los Angeles has many of them. Some typical locations where these incidents occur include the following:
- Hotels and motels
- Bars and clubs
- Theme parks
- Swimming pools
- Grocery stores
- Shopping malls
- Parking lots
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Schools and universities
- Hospitals and clinics
- Office buildings
- Movie theaters
- Stadiums and arenas
- Construction sites
- Public parks
- Zoos and aquariums
- Train and subway stations
- Convenience stores
- Golf courses
- Resorts and spas
- Public restrooms
- Elevators and escalators
- Marinas and docks