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The state of California makes it a requirement for all property owners, whether public or private, to keep their premises in reasonably safe conditions. If they choose not to keep their property in good condition, they may be held liable for any damages suffered by those who suffer injuries due to their negligence.

According to California Civil Code 1714(a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person.”

Visitors entering a property are classified in three different categories. Property owners are responsible for varying levels of care depending on the type of visitor.  

  1. Invitees. This is when, for example, a homeowner invites others to enter their property. Common types of invitees are family, friends, or neighbors. 
  2. Licensees. This is someone who has the homeowner’s permission to enter the property. However, they are accessing the property for their own reasons. This typically includes salespeople or religious missionaries. Homeowners owe licensees a lesser duty of care, which is primarily limited to providing warnings about any potentially dangerous conditions that may cause harm if:
  • The homeowner is aware about the hazardous condition, and
  • The hazard is not easily visible to the licensee. 
  1. Trespassers. This is someone who is not authorized to access the homeowner’s property. Generally, there is no duty of care owed to a trespasser unless it is a child. In that case, the homeowner must display warning signs to protect children from suffering injuries. A property owner who doesn’t place proper signage may face a premises liability case. 

If you were hurt or injured on someone else’s property due to negligence, it is recommended to act immediately and file a claim against the property owner. To do so, it is ideal to hire a skilled premises liability attorney to help you with your case. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we have recovered over $1 billion in settlements for our clients. Our Glendale premises liability attorneys have over 60 years of collective legal experience with personal injury. They will devote themselves to your case and make sure that you have the highest chance of recovering financial compensation owed to you. 

There are no financial risks involved when you use our services. Additionally, no fees will be charged until your case has been won or settled. To schedule a free consultation at our Glendale personal injury law firm, contact our 24/7 legal staff by calling (818) 839-8800 or emailing [email protected]

Types of Premises Liability Lawsuits  There are different types of personal injuries that may qualify as a premises liability claim. This includes:
  • Slip and Falls. There are various scenarios that may cause a slip and fall situation. These include:
  • Wet floors,
  • Faulty stairs,
  • Stepping on ice or snow,
  • Broken or loose flooring,
  • Unnoticeable extension cords or wires, 
  • Carpets or rugs that are not properly installed, or 
  • Thresholds. 

An example of a slip or fall incident is visiting a grocery store and walking through an aisle that is covered in water. If a customer is unaware of the water on the floor they may slip and fall, which can result in broken bones or a back injury. Another example is when an employee is mopping up the area and fails to set up a warning sign for customers walking by to move cautiously over or around a potential slip and fall risk. In these types of circumstances, the store owner may face premises liability charges on behalf of the employee who did not put up a “Wet Floor” sign after cleaning up an aisle.

  • Dog Bites. There are many situations where a dog bite could take place on an owner’s property. An example could be when an employee is doing construction work in a property owner’s home. As the employee is working, the property owner’s dog may run straight into the employee and bite their arms. If the employee suffers a serious injury after the dog bite, they could file a premises liability claim against the owner. To prevent this type of situation from occurring, you must properly train your dog not to harm people that enter your home. Another alternative option would be to keep your dog secured until the guest(s) or employee(s) leave the premises.
  • Snow and Ice Accidents. These types of incidents may occur in parking lots or sidewalks. Property owners who are aware of snow and ice as a risk to others must shovel and salt their sidewalk to prevent people from slipping and falling. Failure to do so will most likely subject a property owner to a lawsuit if injuries are sustained.  
  • Dangerous Conditions on the Property. Property owners must make sure that their property is in safe condition before inviting someone inside. Examples of dangerous conditions that may subject them to liability include broken staircase handrails, poorly constructed balconies, slippery floors, or a broken staircase. 
  • Poor Building Security. This type of issue normally occurs in business buildings and apartments. If security personnel are not carefully observing what is going on inside or outside the building, dangerous situations may occur. This includes robbery, assault, or unwanted guests entering the facility. 
  • Swimming Pool Accidents. Unfortunately, the most common victims of this type of accident are children. Children should not be wandering around an unsecured pool without being supervised. If a child does not know how to swim, they could put themselves in danger by falling into the pool and start drowning. If they do know how to swim, they could still hurt themselves by diving too hard into shallow water. The owner of the property may be held liable for any damages suffered by the child. This is why pool owners must put up fences, locked gates, or warning signs to avoid facing a premises liability case.

Common injuries that occur after a serious premises liability incident include:

  • Broken bones,
  • Spinal cord injuries,
  • Head injuries,
  • Illness caused by chemicals or toxic fumes,
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI),
  • Neck injuries, or
  • Electrocution. 

These types of injuries could be temporary or permanent. You must get immediate medical attention to make sure that you are treated to prevent further pain and suffering. Unfortunately, there are some injuries that require medical care and treatment for a lifetime. If you file a lawsuit against the property owner at-fault for your injury, you may recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. 

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