Imagine you are at the grocery store, or perhaps a showing for a home you are interested in purchasing. On the floor, there is a puddle of a slick substance that has been there for a while. Unfortunately, you do not notice it and walk right into it, causing you to slip and fall. Your fall results in a back injury and a broken ankle, and you are now looking for a Manhattan Beach premises liability attorney.
When visiting another’s premises, you have the right to be warned and protected against dangerous conditions. Personal injuries resulting from negligence on the property owner’s behalf are covered under premises liability laws.
Premises Liability Laws in California
In California, property owners have a duty to provide reasonable care in maintaining safe premises. Buildings must be inspected regularly to ensure they are safe for visitors, residents, and employees. Although not every accident that occurs on someone’s property is the property owner’s liability, the property owner can be held liable for any accident resulting from their failure to upkeep safe conditions.
When is a Property Owner Liable?
There are conditions for premises liability laws. For instance, if a property owner was not aware of dangerous conditions that resulted in an accident, they may not be held liable for the accident. But there is an exception to the condition when the property owner failed to maintain and inspect the building as they should. Property owners will be liable if they fail to discover a dangerous condition that a reasonable inspection would have revealed. Liability may also result from conditions that violate building codes and other laws.
Generally, the accident must have occurred as a result of the property owner’s negligence. If a spill has a “slippery floor” sign notifying you of the danger and you proceed to step on the spill and slip anyway, the property owner will most likely not be found liable.
Each case depends on its particular facts and must be thoroughly evaluated by an attorney with experience in handling these cases on a regular basis. It is very important to take certain steps as soon as possible after the incident, including inspecting the scene, having a qualified expert conduct slip resistance testing, contacting witnesses, and sending a letter to the property owner demanding preservation of any video, photographs and other evidence.
Slip and Fall Injuries
While slips and falls in cartoons are made to be humorous, in real life they can cause catastrophic injury. Depending on the cause of the slip and fall, various injuries can result such as:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Sprained or torn muscles
- Head, brain and spine injuries
- Severe bruising
- Lacerations, when sharp objects are involved
- Tailbone injuries
Slips and falls can be serious enough to require hospitalization and time away from work. When a fall is the result of a property owner’s negligence, they are responsible for medical expenses incurred, loss of income from missed work, all pain and suffering and limitations caused by the injuries suffered.
To receive financial support from the property owner, the victim must be able to provide proof that the accident was a result of the property owner’s negligence. This can be difficult to do, which is why working with a knowledgeable Manhattan Beach personal injury attorney is beneficial to your claim.
Looking for a Manhattan Beach Premises Liability Attorney?
At Dinsmore & Sandelmann, LLP, we take pride in representing victims injured due to property owner negligence. Our Manhattan Beach premises liability attorney team is experienced in Southern California premises liability laws and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Give us a call at 310-318-1220 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We can also provide you with more information about premises liability.