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Premises Liability Attorneys Protecting the Injured

In California, anyone injured on someone else’s property may seek compensation for their accident-related damages. However, to recover damages, the injured party must be able to show that the property owner or occupier negligently maintained the property.

If you sustain injury on private or commercial property, taking immediate action is essential to hold the at-fault party responsible and recover the compensation you deserve. Carpenter & Zuckerman’s experienced premises liability lawyers can diligently work to prove fault in your case. We’ll fight for maximum payment for your damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for a FREE consultation!

Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle

At Carpenter & Zuckerman, we skillfully manage a wide array of premises liability cases, including, but not limited to:

Slip & Fall

Property owners and occupiers must keep their premises free of slip and trip hazards, such as wet floors with no signage, broken stairways, obstructed pathways, and potholes in parking lots and entryways. A visitor can sue if they sustain injury due to a safety hazard on the premises that the property owner or occupier should have reasonably known about.

Store Slip & Fall

More often than not, when slip-and-fall accidents occur in grocery stores, retail stores, malls, banks, and other commercial properties, it’s due to negligence by the store owner or occupier. If you slip and fall in a store, it’s important to immediately report the incident to the store manager and consult with an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer.

Apartment Slip & Fall

Landlords are legally required to keep their apartment complexes and other residential properties safe for residents and guests. When they do not take the proper safety precautions, slip-and-fall accidents can occur in apartment units, hallways, elevators, lobbies, parking structures, and other areas.

Sidewalk Trip & Fall

Cities, counties, and other government entities have a duty to keep their sidewalks safe for the public. Cracks, uneven pavement, and other hazards can cause trip hazards, leading to falls and serious injuries. Victims of sidewalk trip-and-fall accidents can file claims against these government entities. 

Gym Accidents

Gyms promote healthy living, but serious injuries can occur if the property owners or operators do not follow proper safety measures. Gym patrons can sustain injuries from unsafe equipment, negligent class instructors, and other hazardous conditions on the premises.

Backyard Accidents

Some of the worst injuries happen close to home. If you are hurt while visiting someone else’s property, whether in the backyard or elsewhere, you may legally seek compensation from the property owner or occupier.

Accidental Drowning / Swimming Pool Accidents

Anyone with a swimming pool on their property must comply with all city or state laws regarding swimming pool safety. For example, if a city’s law requires property owners to install a fence around their pool, then owners can be liable if they fail to install safety fencing and someone drowns or is injured.

Inadequate Security

A property owner or operator may be liable if a trespasser injures someone, and the injured party can prove the owner failed to take reasonable steps to protect people on the premises.

Elevator/Escalator Incidents

If the elevator or escalator requires repair and the property owner does not take action to make these repairs, they may be liable if someone is injured.

Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

Property owners or occupiers may be liable if anyone on their property becomes exposed to toxic chemicals. For example, a hotel property owner may be responsible if guests become sick after exposure to abnormally high chlorine levels in the pool.

How Can You Prove Fault in a Premises Liability Case?

To show that a property owner or occupier was negligent and is therefore liable in a premises liability case, the plaintiff must be able to prove these four elements:

Duty

The defendant owed the plaintiff a legal duty of care. For example, store owners must do their best to ensure that customers do not face any hazardous conditions on the property. Therefore, store owners owe their customers a duty of care. However, they do not typically owe the same duty of care to trespassers on their property.

Breach of Duty

Next, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached their duty of care. For example, if someone slipped on a puddle of water inside a grocery store, the court may determine that a reasonable property owner would have cleaned up the water so customers didn’t slip on it. In this scenario, if the defendant failed to clean up the water, they are said to have breached the duty of care.

Injury

Next, the plaintiff must prove they suffered injuries, often using medical records, photographs, and other evidence to substantiate their claim.

Causation

Finally, the injured plaintiff must show that the defendant’s breach of duty caused their injuries.

What If I’m Partially at Fault in a Premises Liability Injury Case?

Sometimes, the court determines that an accident victim is partially at fault for their injuries. Comparative negligence, common in premises liability cases, is the concept that multiple parties can share liability for an accident. If an accident victim is partially at fault, the court may reduce their recoverable compensation by the percentage of their liability for the accident.

California is a comparative negligence state, which means a plaintiff can still recover compensation even if they were partly to blame for their injuries. 

For example, if a plaintiff slips on a puddle of water, the court may find they were partly to blame because they should have seen the puddle of water and avoided it. In this scenario, if the court rules that the plaintiff is 30% responsible for their injuries and the defendant is 70% liable for exposing customers to a hazardous condition, the court would reduce the plaintiff’s awarded compensation by 30% (the percentage they were found liable for the accident).

Call CZ Law for Solid Legal Representation in Your Premises Liability Case!

If you sustained injury on someone else’s property, contact CZ Law’s team of premises liability lawyers to discuss your case today. Proving liability can be complex in a premises liability case. Working with one of our experienced attorneys who can help you recover the full compensation you deserve is essential.

Our premises liability lawyers serve clients throughout California and other states. We maintain offices in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Orange County (Garden Grove), Irvine, San Diego, Bakersfield, and Seattle.

Contact us online or call (310) 273-1230 for a FREE consultation! You pay no fees unless we win compensation in your case!

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