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

Injured While on Someone Else’s Property? Here’s a Legal Analysis on Who Could Be Held Accountable for Your Injuries

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. You will need to receive treatment for these injuries, which can be quite costly. If your premises liability accident was caused by the negligence of the property owner, you may be entitled to acquire compensation for damages.

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our qualified Los Angeles premises liability attorneys are readily available to assist victims of personal injury. We will assess your case to determine what necessary steps are needed to be fulfilled in order to get you a fair settlement offer that will cover your losses.

To schedule a free consultation at our Los Angeles personal injury law firm, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.

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 led 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.

    Contact Us to Find Out How We Can Help

    If you have sustained injuries as a result of a premises liability accident, our skilled Los Angeles 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.

    Contact us today by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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