Experienced Premises Liability Attorney in West Covina & Claremont
In California, property owners are subject to what is known as premises liability law, or the responsibility to ensure that their property does not pose an injury hazard to authorized (and even unauthorized) visitors. When a victim is injured because a property owner failed to remove or repair a hazard on the property, the property owner is liable for the victim’s damages.
There are many ways you can be injured on a piece of private property. If you are, you have the right to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your damages from the property owner’s homeowners’ or commercial building insurance provider. Call the premises liability attorneys at Rohde Law Office today in West Covina & Claremont at 626-593-5786 to discuss your matter.
Accidents that can Happen Because of Property Owner Negligence
There are many ways a victim can be injured on private property because of hazards the owner did not repair. These include:
Falls on broken steps, because of broken handrails, and on uneven walkways and surfaces; Slips on wet floors;
Burns from excessively hot objects, open flames, or contact with abrasive chemical compounds;
Electrical injuries from frayed wires and faulty electrical objects;
Injuries from contact with falling objects; and
Illnesses from exposure to uncontained toxic substances.
These accidents can cause the victim to suffer a variety of injuries like broken bones, soft tissue injuries, burns, and spinal cord injuries. Some types of injury, like spinal cord injuries, can lead to permanent disability for the victim.
Duty of Care and Premises Liability
Premises liability is closely related to the concept of duty of care. Duty of care refers to the responsibility that one party has to protect others from harm. In the context of premises liability, it refers to a homeowner or building owner’s responsibility to clear debris from the ground, maintain sturdy steps and handrails, fill in outdoor holes, and clean up liquid spills as soon as possible after being informed of them. In other words, the owner needs to make their property reasonably safe from foreseeable hazards that could cause injury.
A victim may only recover compensation for his or her damages if he or she can show that the property owner breached his or her duty of care. The victim can show this through evidence like photographs of the incident and a copy of the official incident report. With the evidence, he or she must show that the property owner either knew or reasonably should have known about the hazard that caused the incident and that they failed to take appropriate action to correct the hazard. The victim must also show that if the property owner had not been negligent, he or she would not have been injured or suffer subsequent financial damages.
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When you are suffering from financial damages after an accident on private property, you can seek compensation for those damages through a premises liability claim. To learn more about pursuing this type of claim with an experienced premises liability lawyer, contact Rohde Law Office in Claremont and West Covina today to schedule your free initial consultation with us. We serve clients the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California. During your consultation, we will go over your matter to determine the most effective way for you to proceed.