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San Francisco Premises Liability Attorney

When property owners fail to do their due diligence, visitors or occupants of the property may be put at risk of sustaining serious injuries. A San Francisco Premises Liability Attorney will be able to help you hold negligent property owners accountable.

Our premises liability lawyers in San Francisco have more than 60 years of collective experience in successful personal injury cases. We have recovered over $1.5 billion in damages for our injured clients.

Schedule a free consultation with West Coast Trial Lawyers today by filling out our quick contact form. You can also call our toll-free number at (415) 326-8794; our San Francisco law firm is available 24/7.

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Premises Liability Laws in San Francisco

Property owners in San Francisco have a legal duty of care to keep their properties safe for everyone who enters or resides there.

The California civil law states that;

“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, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”

CA Civ Code § 1714

All buildings and their surrounding premises must be taken good care of to avoid a premises liability lawsuit. San Francisco property owners must ensure that all forms of hazards are removed from the property.

Property owners are also expected to have protection available on their premises, such as video surveillance, security alarm systems, electronic access control, or security personnel.

If you have been injured on another person’s property through no fault of your own, you have the right to file a premises liability claim against the landlord.

 Types of Premises Liability Claims in San Francisco

Premises liability cases are unique and can happen anywhere in multiple ways. Some premises liability accidents are more severe than others due to factors such as location, weather, etc.

Here is a list of some of the most common premises liability claims in San Francisco that our attorneys have handled;

Accidents that happen on government-owned property, such as public schools, parks, and sidewalks, are eligible for premises liability claims. The government will be held liable for your injuries.

Our law firm also handles San Francisco premises liability cases that occur in public establishments such as gyms, stores, restaurants, and hotels.

Common Causes Of Premises Liability Accidents

While slips and falls are common on San Francisco properties, there are many more causes of premises liability accidents than uneven floors.

Some of the most common causes of premises liability accidents include;

  • Elevator malfunction
  • Slippery floors
  • Negligent security
  • Poor structural maintenance
  • Building code violations
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Bad weather
  • Defective stairs
  • Untrained pets
  • Falling objects
  • Gas leaks
  • Lack of hazard signs

Unchecked hazards in a property can leave room for serious harm to happen to occupants and visiting guests. Some of these accidents are incredibly dangerous, causing severe and life-changing injuries such as;

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Rabies
  • Concussion

If you have been the victim of injuries sustained on another person’s property, you have the right to compensation. You can file a premises liability claim today with one of our San Francisco personal injury attorneys.

Steps To Take After a San Francisco Premises Liability Accident

Medical Attention: Call 911 or contact paramedics to receive medical help immediately if you have severe injuries from a premises liability accident. A medical report will serve as proof of your damages in your lawsuit.

Contact Landlord: You should report or make the property owner aware of the incident that has taken place on the premises. They may be held responsible if your injuries were caused by their negligence.

Gather Evidence: Make sure to take pictures and videos of where the accident occurred and any hazards in the vicinity, such as water or oil spills. If any witnesses were in the area, you may also collect their statements for proof. Injury Lawyer: Holding a landlord responsible for damages you suffered on their property may be difficult without experienced legal help. An expert San Francisco premises liability attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers can offer you all the assistance you need to secure a financial settlement and cover all your medical expenses.

Filing a Premises Liability Lawsuit in San Francisco

In order to win a premises liability case, the victim is required to provide convincing proof of the property owner’s negligence. This includes showing evidence of the following:

  • The property owner owned or leased the territory.
  • The property owner did not follow San Francisco’s legal duty of care.
  • The property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe conditions but failed to take any reasonable actions to resolve the issue.
  • The property owner did not warn any guests or visitors of potential hazards that were present on the premises.
  • You sustained injuries due to the property owner's negligence.

The type of premises liability lawsuit will also depend upon the status of the visitor injured at the property. In San Francisco, visitors are classified into three categories;

  • Invitee: Someone entering the property for the purpose of their gain as well as the owner of the property. For example, a customer in a store.
  • Licensee: An individual expressly invited to the premises for more social reasons.
  • Trespasser: A person who is entering the property unlawfully or without permission.

Property owners owe different levels of care to the different types of visitors. Trespassers may have limited rights if they sustain injuries on another person’s property. Reach out for legal help to learn more about the right to file an injury claim.

Recoverable Damages in a Premises Liability Case

The amount of recoverable compensation available in a premises liability case will depend upon the severity of the damages the victim suffered.

With the help of a San Francisco premises liability attorney, you may be able to recover damages from your accident, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Personal property
  • Legal fees

You may be entitled to other damages depending on the factors of your case. The total amount of financial compensation you can obtain will vary on a case-by-case basis as other factors are taken into consideration. Having legal representation will ensure you get the maximum settlement and justice you deserve.

Call West Coast Trial Lawyers For Help Today

If you were involved in a premises liability accident and would like to file a claim against the party at fault, do not take on the burden alone. Obtaining legal help from the experienced San Francisco premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will make all the difference in winning your case.

Our dedicated lawyers with over 60 years of premises liability experience have won over $1 billion in damages and will help you every step of the way.

Contact us today if you have sustained injuries on another person's property by calling (415) 326-8794. You can also fill out our quick contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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