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5 Steps to Take After an Accident on Someone Else’s Property

What Do You Do After An Accident On Someone Else's Property? Explained by the Top Premise Liability Lawyers

Whether you slipped on a wet floor, tripped over debris, or fell on a broken step at a neighbor’s home, your injuries can be severe and life changing.

Below, our experienced premises liability attorneys will discuss premises accidents that occur on someone else’s property. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a premises liability accident in California, the experienced premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to answer any questions you may have about premises liability claims and available damages.

Steps To Take Immediately After A Premises Liability

Accident On Someone’s Property

  • Medical Treatment. If you were hurt on someone else’s property, or anywhere for that matter, your health must always be your first concern. Please see a doctor immediately if you were hurt on someone else’s property. A doctor will need to complete a full medical report to document the extent of your injuries. A medical report is also a crucial piece of evidence that proves you were truly hurt. Furthermore, if you do not consult with a doctor, the insurance companies are likely to argue that you weren’t really hurt at all.  
  • Make A Report. Always get a report from the manager, property owner or landlord, regardless of where the incident took place. Make sure an incident report includes all the details of what happened.
  • Documentation. This step is crucial. Please gather names, addresses, and phone numbers for any available witnesses. Their testimony can help strengthen the validity of your claim if you choose to file a premises liability claim. Take photographs if possible, as well. Make sure to photograph the accident scene, the conditions that caused the accident, and any other relevant details that contributed towards causing your accident. 
  • DO NOT Speak. It’s perfectly normal to feel emotional after being hurt. But try to not speak at all about the accident with the property owner or landlord. Most importantly, do not admit liability and do not blame anyone for the accident.  
  • Consult A Premises Liability Attorney. Finally, it is important to retain the services of an experienced premises liability attorney.

Things To Think About After An Accident On Someone’s Property

Unsafe Conditions On The Property

A property owner or landlord is only liable if an unsafe condition on their property caused your accident. Examples of hazardous conditions may include: 

A landowner also needs to have caused the hazardous condition or allowed it. Property owners only need to make sure their property is reasonably safe, not perfectly safe.

Was The Property Owner Aware Of The Unsafe Conditions?

It is important to understand that a landlord or property owner cannot be held responsible for a hazardous condition he or she was not even aware of. A property owner must have a reasonable amount of time to discover any hazardous conditions on their property. 

This is a very difficult thing to prove in a premises liability claim. For example, say that a slip and fall happens at a grocery store. The grocery store will almost certainly file a report. An incident report can help you determine how long a landlord was previously aware of a hazardous condition that caused an accident.  

Were There Adequate Warnings?

A property owner who cannot immediately repair a known hazard must at the very least provide sufficient warning. Some circumstances will require more than just a warning. If a public sidewalk is under repair, there must be warnings for people regarding construction dangers, as well as barriers if necessary. through the use of signage, roped-off areas, etc.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss  of Enjoyment of Life
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Contact us to find out how we can help

If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a premises liability accident, an attorney at our firm can  help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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