PERSONAL INJURY | PREMISES LIABILITY | SLIP AND FALL | DANGEROUS OR DEFECTIVE STEPS OR STAIRWAYS | SLIPPERY FLOORS OR SIDEWALKS | NEGLIGENT SECURITY | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, whether at a residential home during a social event, or while visiting a commercial establishment, you may be uncertain about your rights and responsibilities, and how to take the right steps to protect your interests. This page answers basic questions about premises liability, so that you can work effectively with you lawyer to get full and fair compensation for your injuries.
At Blackman Legal Group, we have over 32 years of experience focusing exclusively on the rights of personal injury victims, including people with premises liability claims. We offer skill, experience and knowledge, combined with meticulous preparation, carefully investigating every aspect of your claim. Our attorneys often settle premises liability claims at or above insurance policy limits and we have secured many verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million.
For a free case evaluation, contact Blackman Legal Group by e-mail or call our office at 415-585-5200 (toll-free at 866-692-8126) to set up an appointment.
WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT PREMISES LIABILITY
- What is premises liability? The owner of residential or commercial property has a duty to maintain the premises in a condition that reasonably avoids the risk of injury to visitors. In the alternative, the owner must provide adequate warning of any dangers that are known or should reasonably be known. This includes defects or conditions that could result in a slip and fall, such as slippery surfaces or broken steps, stairways, pavement or asphalt. The owner may also be responsible for malfunctioning elevators or building / deck collapse, as well as injuries suffered as a result of inadequate lighting or security.
- What damages can I recover for a premises liability claim?You may recover for all financial damages, including lost wages and income, as well as unreimbursed medical expenses or costs of treatment, including physical therapy or rehabilitation. You may also be able to get compensation for physical pain and suffering, as well as loss of companionship or consortium.
- What do I need to prove to recover damages? A premises liability action is based a theory of negligence. To prove negligence, you must first show that the wrongdoer breached the commonly accepted duty to exercise due care. Based on the facts you present, the jury will determine if such a breach occurred. You must also show that the breach caused your injury and that you suffered damages as a result.
- How soon do I have to file a claim for damages? The statute of limitation, the time in which you must file a lawsuit for damages, is set by state law. In California, Nevada and Arizona, it is 2 years. Nonetheless, you want to contact an attorney as soon as possible, so that you can preserve the evidence to support your claim.
- How much will it cost me? Premises liability claims are generally handled on a contingency basis. Your attorney will only charge legal fees if you recover compensation for your losses.
- Who can I sue for damages? Any party whose actions are said to be a proximate cause of your injury can be liable for damages. To establish proximate cause, you must show that the injuries you sustained were reasonably foreseeable from the acts of the wrongdoer.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall or other premises liability accident, we will represent you on a contingency basis, only charging attorney fees if we recover compensation for your injuries.
CONTACT BLACKMAN LEGAL GROUP
We offer a free case evaluation to individuals with premises liability claims. For an appointment, contact us by e-mail or call our office toll-free at 866-692-8126. We have offices throughout California. To find the location nearest to you, see our Office Locations page.