We often suffer injuries in situations when we least expect them to occur. For example, you may decide to go shopping one day, which requires you to enter a commercial facility. However, you suddenly slip and fall to the ground while shopping, thus injuring yourself due to unsafe conditions. These accidents involve what is known as “premises liability” and you can obtain compensation for your injuries.
Are you someone who injured themselves on another person’s property? Here’s what our premises liability attorneys in San Diego want you to know about premises liability and how you can recover damages.
Accidents that occur on someone else’s property are often attributable to negligence. In other words, property owners have a “duty of care” and must maintain safe conditions for everyone entering the premises. They also must alert guests and visitors about potential hazards.
The “duty of care” requires property owners to perform the following actions:
- Routine maintenance
- Regular property inspections
- Repairs to potentially hazardous conditions
- Adequate warning of hazardous conditions
“Negligence” is when property owners fail to observe their duty of care, which means they can be liable for your injuries. You can then pursue compensation for various damages that are a direct result of the accident.
Premises liability cases also involve a wide range of situations and circumstances. Here are some of the most common types of accidents:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Animal attacks
- Pool accidents
- Insufficient security/protection (e.g., lack of hotel security)
- Escalator accidents
- Accidents on construction sites
- Accidents involving rides at amusement parks
- Homeowner’s/proprietor’s negligence
Ultimately, someone else’s negligence can bring about conditions where severe injuries can occur. Some examples include burns, broken bones, lacerations, and traumatic brain injuries.
Potential defendants in premises liability cases can be wide-ranging. Keep in mind, however, that the party who’s responsible for your injuries won’t always be the property owner. Listed below are just a few examples of possible defendants:
- Business owners
- Tenants or renters
- Property management companies
- Retail centers
- Employees of one of the above
Control of the property is usually sufficient to determine liability. However, depending on the facts of your case, we could hold additional parties accountable.
Anyone who’s deemed negligent must compensate you for your injuries. However, financial damages can cover many different things, which include:
- Medical bills and rehabilitative expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Emotional suffering and trauma
- Permanent disability and disfigurement
Premises liability cases can also involve accidental deaths, allowing family members to recover additional damages. The compensation you receive can also cover funeral expenses, loss of consortium (family relationships), and more.
A skilled premises liability attorney in San Diego will assess the facts of your case, gather evidence, and hold all liable parties accountable. Why do all the work on your own when you can hire an expert who’ll handle everything for you? A reliable attorney will know how to calculate the value of your case and help maximize the compensation you’re seeking.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured on someone else’s property, we encourage you to give us a call. Our legal team here at HHJ Trial Attorneys in San Diego will begin working on your case immediately. We do everything we can to accommodate our clients as they recover from their injuries.
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