If you’ve been injured on the property of another, it’s possible that the property owner or occupier may be responsible for your injuries and other damages. That’s why it’s important to speak with an experienced Rancho Cucamonga personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Call us today at (909) 989-7774 for your free case evaluation.
What Do I Need to Prove Premises Liability in California?
In California, the person or entity that controls real property is not automatically responsible for all injuries that occur on the property, but that person or entity has a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that the property is safe. For example, businesses such as retail stores and restaurants usually have to exercise care to ensure that their patrons are safe. If you are unsure whether a property owner is responsible for your injuries, be sure to consult with an experienced Rancho Cucamonga Personal injury lawyer right away.
Like most personal injury cases, premises liability actions are typically based on a legal concept called “negligence”. In order to prove that another person or business is responsible for your injuries, you must first show that they were negligent. To establish negligence in a premises liability action, you must be able to show that (1) the property owner had a duty to keep you safe or not cause you injuries, and (2) the property owner breached this duty. In practical terms, the duty to keep a property safe usually requires that the property owner correct or warn of known hazards and take reasonable steps to inspect for hazards.
The duty to keep a property safe extends to social guests, business customers, and others lawfully on the property – whether for the benefit of the property owner or not.
These types of claims are often called “slip” or “trip” or even “slip and fall” injuries, and it’s easy to see why. Common premises liability claims arise from slippery substances (such as water, oils, or ice) on the ground; holes in the surface of parking lots or pathways; raised or irregular areas of the surface; or objects protruding from the ground and creating a trip hazard (such as bolts, screws, or metal bars).
It’s important to note that those responsible for your injuries might not necessarily be the actual property owner, but rather, the occupier or tenant, management company, or other entity or individual in control of the property at the time of the accident, may also be liable for any damages you sustain.
At The Law Offices of Matthew L. Taylor, Our Attorneys Can Help You Obtain The Compensation You Deserve
If you’ve been injured in a premises liability accident, it is important that you consult with an experienced injury lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga as soon as possible. Call the Law Offices of Matthew L. Taylor today at (909) 989-7774 to schedule your free consultation.
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