Fresno Premises Liability Attorney
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases and How to Determine LiabilityProperty owners have a legal duty to ensure their premises are kept safe from reasonably foreseeable hazards. Injuries that are caused by negligent property management can subject a property owner to responsibility for any losses caused. Recovery of compensation, or damages, begins by filing a premises liability claim. It is important to have an experienced Fresno premises liability attorney on your side as you start the process of filing a claim. You may be offered a low compensation as a first offer from insurance companies, however, a premises liability attorney may negotiate the offer to have it increased. Furthermore, a premises liability attorney will help strengthen your claim to ensure you are given an even higher chance of being granted compensation that can help cover for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our Fresno premises liability attorneys have over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases. We have more than 5,000 cases and recovered over $1 billion in settlements for our clients. Due to our achievements, we have been ranked as one of the top personal injury law firms in Fresno. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our Fresno personal injury law firm, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (559) 272-9881 or emailing [email protected]. Common Premises Liability Cases
- Slip and Fall Accidents. A slip and fall accident can occur in various locations, including your home, a grocery store, nursing homes, or the workplace. Common hazards that have contributed to the cause of a premises liability case include wet surfaces, damaged steps, and visible cords.
- Snow and Ice Accidents. During the cold winter season, ice can pile up on everyone’s property. If the property owner has yet to shovel out the pile of snow out of their premises, it could result in a slip and fall accident as guests could slide while walking on ice.
- Poor Security. Security is important, especially if the property is located in an area that has a high rate of crimes. If a property owner does not have proper safety measures implemented into their premises, such as camera surveillance, security guards, and/or fire or earthquake alarms, it could place guests, or employees, in serious danger.
- Swimming Pool Accidents. It is heavily encouraged for owners of a swimming pool to barricade the area with fences and warning signs to prevent trespassers, particularly children, from entering the premises. There have been cases of a child entering a neighbor’s property, without their knowledge, and drowning in their swimming pool.
- Dog Bite. Dogs must be trained properly. If a dog owner is intentionally training a dog to act vigilant and aggressive towards strangers, then it could likely result in a dog bite incident. A victim will be permitted to file a personal injury claim if the dog bite took place while they were lawfully on private property or on public property. An exemption can be made if:
- The injured individual was a trespassing on private property,
- The dog was protecting its owner in accordance with California’s self-defense laws,
- The dog was working with police or the military, or
- The dog was provoked.
- Defendant leased, owned, occupied, or was in control of the property where the incident took place
- Defendant acted negligently regarding the use or maintenance of that property
- Plaintiff suffered injuries
- Defendant’s negligence was the primary reason for a plaintiff’s injuries
- How likely is an injury to occur given the circumstances?
- How serious could such an injury be in these circumstances?
- Did the owner know about or should have known about the hazardous condition that caused the accident?
- Where is the property located?
- How much of a burden would it have been to minimize or eliminate the hazardous condition?
- How much control did the property owner have over the hazardous condition?
- Business owners
- Tenants or renters
- The property management company
- Retail centers
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