Environmental Influences on Premises Liability in California
5 Types of Unpredictable California Weather Conditions That Can Affect Premises Liability
Luckily, California is fairly even-tempered in relation to the weather. However, with the current changes in climate, the weather can become wildly unpredictable. If you were injured on someone else’s property due to bad weather, the property owner may be held liable for your damages.
Our experienced premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are available 24/7 to offer legal assistance. We are always here to answer any questions you may have about premises liability accidents and damages you may be entitled to.
Does the Weather Affect Premises Liability?
There are more than one million people in the United States that suffer from a slip and fall injury every year, and more than 17,000 people die annually from slip and fall complications. In a premises liability case, it is the duty of the property owner to provide a safe space for those who enter the area.
The property owner must inspect the property to ensure that there are no potential hazards that can cause an accident. If the property owner does not take these precautions, they can be seen as negligent and will be held liable for damages or injuries that affect the victim.
In most slip and fall cases the culprit is snow and ice buildup. In states where it does snow, it is the duty of the landlord to remove the snow within a reasonable amount of time, or they can be held liable for an injury-causing accident. Premises liability law usually allows a brief grace period that allows the landlord partial immunity while performing their duty of care.
Types of Natural Disasters in California
It may not snow in most of California, but there are many other elemental attributes that can contribute to your slip and fall or premises liability accident. Listed below are the most common natural disasters in California:
Earthquakes. Sudden shifts in the earth’s crust can cause the surface of the earth to shake. This shaking can cause damage to poorly built buildings and structures. The strongest earthquakes can cause tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
Floods. Though it rarely rains in California, flooding has been a huge problem in the past. Flooding can be caused by several different conditions, but is frequently due to storms and rainfall.
Wildfires. Due to dry weather, wildfires are prevalent in California forests. They are usually started by lightning, human carelessness or intentionally. A wildfire can last for days and burn for thousands of miles.
Landslides. Caused by an overflow of water, a landside transpires when an abundance of soil, rocks, trees, and other debris falls down the hill.
Extreme Heat. Extreme heat can affect anyone who is outside long enough to become dehydrated. Infants, young children and elderly people are particularly at risk of fainting or becoming physically ill due to extreme heat conditions.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Will Fight for Your Premises Liability Case
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a premises liability accident, our premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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