En Español

California Premises Liability Attorneys

Please contact us at 949-203-3814 for a free and confidential consultation.

california premises liability lawyer.Whether you are pursuing a claim against an individual, corporation or a governmental entity, it is important that you have an experienced premises liability lawyer on your side, who knows and understand the law and who will fight tirelessly for your legal rights and best interests.

The experienced California premises liability lawyers at Bisnar | Chase have a long and successful track record of handling these types of cases and helping seriously injured clients secure maximum compensation for their significant losses.

Premises Liability

Premises liability refers to the responsibility of property owners to provide reasonably safe conditions for visitors, workers and residents. Under premises liability law, California property owners can be held financially accountable for accidents and injuries that occur on their premises. Not all accidents result in valid injury claims, but anyone who has suffered an injury on someone else's property would be well advised to look into their legal rights and options. Financial compensation may be available for their considerable losses.

California Premises Liability Law

Under California law, a proprietor, or commercial landlord, owes patrons a duty to exercise reasonable care to keep the premises safe. For example, property owners must regularly inspect their buildings and ensure that they are safe for visitors, tenants and/or guests. All California proprietors must act with the same care as other reasonably prudent persons would under the same circumstances. In other words, property owners are not responsible for every accident that occurs on their premises, but they can be held accountable for an accident that directly resulted from their failure to provide reasonably safe conditions.

Examples of Dangerous Premises

The types of premises liability cases are numerous and varied. Visitors can suffer devastating injuries by falling down broken stairs, slipping on wet surfaces, drowning in a swimming pool, getting burned in a fire or explosion, suffering lacerations from broken glass, getting bitten by a dog, suffering injuries from a roof cave-in or from being mugged or assaulted because of inadequate security. Dangerous conditions can exist in any type of open space or building. Devastating incidents commonly occur at shopping malls, grocery stores, government buildings, commercial facilities, theatres, apartments and even private homes.

Determining Liability

The key factor in establishing liability for a premises liability issue is to determine if the proprietor had actual knowledge of the dangerous condition. In general, property owners cannot be held liable if they were not aware of the dangerous conditions. There is, however, an important exception to that rule. Property owners who do not properly inspect their buildings can be held accountable for failing to comply with their duty to inspect or properly maintain their properties. This can be done by showing that the hazardous location was not inspected within a reasonable amount of time.

These types of cases are complicated because victims have to do more than prove that they were injured. Property owners cannot be expected to prevent visitors from tripping on their own shoelaces. Property owners can and should post slippery floor signs when a walkway has just been cleaned. They must also mop up spills, repair damaged steps and put up caution cones, tapes and signs when dangerous conditions cannot be fixed right away.

Comparative Negligence

A tort rule for allocating damages when both parties are at least somewhat at fault. If an unsafe condition on a property is clearly visible and avoidable it is the responsibility of the visitor to observe it and respond accordingly. Furthermore, property owners do not have to 'warn visitors' of hazardous conditions that are so obvious that any reasonable person would observe the condition as potentially dangerous. In such cases, the concept of 'comparative negligence' may apply. This is when the victim's fault is compared to the percentage of the defendant's fault. The amount of damages recoverable by the victim will be reduced to his or her responsibility for the accident. For example: if a victim is found 25 percent responsible for the slip-and-fall accident, he or she may only be able to receive 75 percent of the settlement.

Injuries Suffered in Premises Liability Cases

Many premises liability cases involve slip-and-fall accidents. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in injuries ranging from sprains, strains and lacerations to multiple bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage. Many of these injuries result in time away from work, lengthy hospitalization, complicated surgeries, required physical therapy, pain and suffering and a number of other related losses. Financial support may be available for all of these injuries and damages if the victim can prove that the negligence of the property owner or manager contributed to the accident.

What to do after an Accident

If you have been injured on someone else's property, there are several steps you can take to ensure that your legal rights are protected:

  • Make sure you file a report with the property owner or manager and then obtain a copy of that report. Filing such as report not only documents the incident, but also helps pinpoint the date, time and manner in which the injury occurred.
  • Take photos of the scene where the incident occurred. For example, if you tripped on a broken stair, make sure you take at least cell phone images with a date and time stamp. Such dangerous conditions may be repaired right away and you may lose a valuable piece of evidence.
  • Obtain contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the incident. When another person can corroborate your account of the incident, it certainly helps bolster your case.
  • Do not accept a settlement or sign any documents before talking to an experienced California premises liability lawyer. Doing so may jeopardize your claim. When you accept a settlement agreement, your case will be closed and you will be unable to claim any future expenses related to your injuries.

For immediate help with a premises liability case please call 949-203-3814.


Share this:

See All Ratings And Awards

The BISNAR | CHASE Difference

  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

    John Bisnar

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

    Brian Chase

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “Whatever the philosphy of the management is, is going to be carried through by the employees and it’s going to reflect on the experience the clients have.”

    John Bisnar

    on his philosophy on running a law firm

  • “Everybody either drives in a car or rides in a car, so when I do the auto defect cases I really feel like I’m making the world safer by making vehicles safer.”

    Brian Chase

    on why he focuses on auto defect cases

  • “The first thing we want to do with our clients is to relieve the stress. Make them feel comfortable. Treat them as an honored guest.”

    John Bisnar

    on how he would define superior client representation

  • “Corporate greed is a reality in our world and I see it time and time again. Especially, with the auto defect cases we focus on.”

    Brian Chase

    on corporate greed and how it affects the consumer

  • “You are dealing with people who are seriously injured or have lost a family member...Compassion is understanding someone else’s situation.”

    John Bisnar

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

  • “There are many, many defects in vehicles that can lead to life or death that could be fixed with a mere $40-$50 [on the assembly line].”

    Brian Chase

    on the shocking facts about the vehicles we drive

  • “...if [manufacturers] build a dangerous product and someone is seriously injured from that, some personal inury lawyer is going to call them on the carpet about it.”

    John Bisnar

    on how Bisnar | Chase has helped make the world a better place

  • “I’m convinced, because of all the lawsuits...the auto industry finally found out it was cheaper to fix the problem than to keep paying in the litigation.”

    Brian Chase

    on making the world a safer place

  • “I bring in the best employees that I can and I want them to have a workplace that is condusive to them doing their best work.”

    John Bisnar

    on the work environment created at Bisnar | Chase

  • “When you have a client come in that’s in a wheelchair...or you meet a wife who has lost their husband or they’ve lost their child, it’s diffucult not to get emotionally involved.”

    Brian Chase

    on the biggest challenges he faces as a personal injury lawyer

  • “...it is part of our civic responsibility and it is our great fortune to be in a position to be able to help support our community...”

    John Bisnar

    on the importance of giving back to the community

  • “My motivation of going to law school to have my life’s work help other people...when I see that come to fruition, I’m very pleased and very happy with that.”

    Brian Chase

    on the accomplishments he is most proud of

  • “Seeing the growth of my employees, seeing them mature professionally, personally, and grow into the great professionals they have become is tremendous.”

    John Bisnar

    on the greatest satisfaction derived from his work

  • “I was always jealous of doctors. They get to save lives and they get to heal. I don’t get to do that but I get to have a very big impact on another person’s life...”

    Brian Chase

    on the greatest satisfaction derived from his work

  • “There’s going to people that you meet, that you can mentor...You can make a difference in their lives, you can make a difference in their client’s lives.”

    John Bisnar

    on mentoring young attorneys

  • “I’m the president-elect this year and I’ll be the president next year of the Consumer Advocate Attorneys of California and I find that to be a rewarding thing...”

    Brian Chase

    on being an advocate for the people of California

  • “The Lakers have always been a winning organization, a class organization. I’ve used the Lakers as kind of a model for how to run my practice as well.”

    John Bisnar

    on his passions in life

  • “We try to figure out how we can help [our clients] get through what they’re going through emotionally. Because just getting them compensated is only part of the job.”

    Brian Chase

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

Bisnar | Chase • 1301 Dove St #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660
local: (949) 203-3814
Get Directions

California Personal Injury Blog

Hyundai Recalls Sonata Cars for Transmission and Braking Issues

Hyundai has reportedly received 1,171 warranty claims relating to the Sonata shift cable becoming disconnected. When the recall begins, dealers will inspect and if required, repair the connection

read article

General Motors Recalls 800,000 Vehicles For Various Defects

GM has announced another 6 recalls that compile the problems they are already facing with their major ignition switch recall. This brings the total recalls for the year to 60, covering over 29 million

read article

Ignition Flaw Leads to Chrysler’s Recall Of Jeep SUVs

Automaker Chrysler is recalling hundreds of thousands of older-model Jeep SUVs to fix an ignition-related stalling problem similar to the deadly flaw that has plagued General Motors vehicles this year

read article

Connect

Copyright & Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case.

Bisnar | Chase serves all of California. In addition, we represent clients in other states through our associations with local law firms. Through the local firm, we will be admitted to practice law in their state, pro hac vice, meaning "for this particular occasion." When in our client's interest, we employ the local law firm (at no additional cost to our client) to assist us with routine court appearances and discovery proceedings to more efficiently pursue our client's cause.

Copyright © 1999- Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP - All rights reserved. Location: 1301 Dove St. #120, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Tel: 949-203-3814

SLS Consulting