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

Here’s What to Do if You Get Injured on Someone Else’s Property

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, West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about premises liability claims and available damages.

Steps to Take After a Premises Liability Accident

  • Medical Treatment.If you were hurt on someone else’s property, or anywhere for that matter, your health must always be your first concern. You should see a  doctor immediately to check for any serious injuries, such as a fractured bone or internal bleeding. A doctor will need to complete a full medical report to document the extent of your injuries. This report is also a crucial piece of evidence that can be used in your claim. Furthermore, if you do not consult with a doctor, the insurance companies are likely to argue that you weren’t really hurt.
  • Gather Evidence.Make sure to photograph your injuries, damages, what caused the accident, and where it took place. Witness information may also be beneficial to acquire. Their testimony can help build up your premises liability claim.
  • Obtain an Incident Report. If your injury occurred in a public setting, such as a grocery store, then you should report it to the store manager. They will create an incident report and send it over to the corporate office. You may request a copy of this report to use as a piece of evidence if you choose to file a premises liability claim.
  • Be Careful With What You Say.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 blame anyone for the accident nor should you admit to liability.
  • Consult a Premises Liability Attorney.Do not speak to your insurance company before you contact a premises liability attorney. The attorney will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of filing a claim.

What to Think About After an Accident on Someone’s Property

Did the property owner give you a warning about any hazards in their premises prior to entering their home? If not, then they could be held liable for allowing visitors to step into an unsafe environment. Here are some common factors that have lead a victim to file a premises liability claim against a property owner:

  • Snow and ice accidents,
  • Broken steps,
  • Dog bites,
  • Damaged flooring,
  • Defective electric wiring,
  • Water leaks or flooding,
  • Wet and slippery floors, and
  • Toxic fumes or chemicals.

If a property owner was fully or partially aware of these dangerous conditions in their home and did nothing to resolve any of the problems, then they can be held accountable for the victim’s injuries.

However, the property owner will not be held liable for any damages caused by a minor defect on their premises. Insignificant defects vary depending on the type of defect and injuries.

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

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 were only incorporated in 5 percent 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, a skilled attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us 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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