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Types of Premises Liability Lawsuits In California


Types of Premises Liability Lawsuits In California, Explained by the Top Personal Injury Attorneys


West Coast Trial Lawyers handles a variety of personal injury cases that are identified as premises liability cases. These include:

  • Dog bites,
  • Slip and fall cases,
  • Dangerous conditions on the premises, 
  • Snow and ice accidents,
  • Improper maintenance on the premises, 
  • Lack of proper building security (poor supervision), 
  • Amusement park accidents, 
  • Flooding or leaks, 
  • Elevator accidents,
  • Escalator accidents, 
  • Chemicals or toxic fumes, and
  • Fires.

Common Injuries


Individuals may endure specific types of injuries based on the circumstances of their premises liability accident. These include:

  • Head or neck injuries, 
  • Spinal cord injuries,
  • Burn injuries, 
  • Getting electrocuted, or 
  • Bone breakage. 

Examples Of Premises Liability Cases


  • Lack of Proper Security Protection. Situations like this normally happen within a business building or an apartment building. Owners of these buildings have the responsibility of making sure that security is properly set up. It is ideal to have security guards on the first floor of these buildings to prevent an individual from breaking in and causing havoc. If the owners fail to incorporate a structured security system, they will potentially face a premises liability case since no reasonable actions were taken to ensure the safety of the individuals living or working in these buildings. 
  • Slip and Fall. There are various scenarios that may come into play for premises liability cases relating to a slip and fall. This generally happens if you slip or trip and fall on another individual’s property. Common circumstances that lead to a slip or fall could be:
    • Broken or loose floors,
    • Wet floors,
    • Faulty stairs, 
    • Walking on ice or snow, 
    • Unnoticeable extension cords,
    • Improperly set up carpets or rugs, or
    • Thresholds. 
      An example of a slip or fall could be an individual walking into a store and going into an isle that is covered in water. The employee who had been cleaning up that aisle failed to put a warning about the floor being wet, thus resulting in the customer injuring themselves by slipping and falling. The store owner could face premises liability charges on behalf of the employee who did not put up a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign. 
  • Swimming Pool Accidents. These accidents generally have children involved. A child could be left unsupervised while wandering around an unsecure pool site. This could result in them possibly going into the pool and drowning. They may also hurt themselves while diving in. If any of these circumstances happen, the owner of the property will face liability. This is why it is important to have fences or locked gates around the pool area to make sure that it is not being used when there is no supervision. 
  • Dog Bite. There are a variety of ways for a dog bite injury to occur. An example could be an employee who is doing construction work at an individual’s home. As the employee is doing their work-related duties, the individual’s dog emerges and bites the employee. If severe injuries were sustained from the dog bite, the employee is permitted to file a premises liability lawsuit against the dog owner. Situations like these are why it is important to make sure that your dog is properly trained or put in another room when friends, visitors, or workers are in the household.

Premises Liability Cases Explained


Slip and Falls: The most common and most straightforward type of premises liability claims are slip and falls. Slip and falls are caused by:

Insufficient Building Security: Usually occur in apartment buildings and offices. Property owners of apartments and offices are required to have a reasonable amount of security in their buildings, such as door men, security guards, gates, locked doors, and surveillance. If a trespasser breaks into an apartment building and hurts or kills someone, a victim may have a premises liability case against a property owner. However, they must prove the property owner didn’t use enough reasonable care to adequately secure the building.

Swimming Pool Accidents: Generally will involve children and unsupervised or poorly maintained pools. Swimming pools must be fenced and have locking gates. If a property owner leaves a pool open or unguarded, they may be held liable for any injuries that take place in or around their pool.

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 West Coast Trial Lawyers for Help


If you believe that you or a loved one were injured in another individual’s property, you should immediately file a premises liability lawsuit with West Coast Trial Lawyers. Our premises liability attorneys have vast experience with handling cases relating to premise liability and will put in the commitment to ensure that you receive the best satisfactory end results for your settlement. We will work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation and justice you deserve. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees are paid until we win your case. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected]

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