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California Premises Liability Attorneys

California premises liability lawyers

The California Premises Liability Attorneys at Bisnar Chase has been helping people get their lives back after being injured due to a premises liability accident or a negligent security injury.

For over 45 years, our lawyers, paralegals, mediators, negotiators, and highly skilled and experienced staff have represented and won cases, bringing in over $800 million for our clients.

The law firm of Bisnar Chase has established a 99% success rate and strives every day to make the world a better and safer place. We have been holding those accountable for their wrongdoing and negligence, bringing justice, resources, and compensation to those in need, and restoring the lives of thousands.

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

Our trial attorneys 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. Our attorneys are not afraid to go up against the largest corporations in the world, and as long as you have Bisnar Chase representing you, neither should you.

In May 2019, we successfully took on a drug rehabilitation facility that was found guilty of negligence by a jury, and our client was awarded $11M dollars. The defense’s original offer was under $500k. Our Trial Lawyer, Gavin Long, put on a fantastic set of facts leading to this massive jury verdict.

 

Premises Liability in California

What is 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 they are safe for visitors, tenants, and guests.

All California proprietors must act with the same care as other reasonably prudent persons under the same circumstances. In other words, property owners are not responsible for every accident on their premises. Still, they can be held accountable for an accident resulting from their failure to provide reasonably safe conditions.

What is the time limit to file a premises liability lawsuit in California?

In the state of California, the statute of limitations for filing a premises liability lawsuit is two years from the date of the incident.  The injured individual must file their lawsuit within two years of the incident, or they will not be able to pursue legal action.

There are a few exceptions to this rule, however, such as if the injury was not discovered right away or if the defendant is a minor. In these cases, the statute of limitations may be tolled, or suspended, until the condition that caused the tolling has ceased.

What is premises liability insurance?

Premises liability insurance is a type of business insurance that protects business owners from claims related to third-party injuries and damage on the property of their business. This includes accidents, slips and falls, fires, criminal acts, and other incidents that may cause injury or damage.

It is important for business owners to have coverage in case someone is injured or property is damaged due to their negligence or a hazardous condition on the property. This type of insurance can cover the cost of medical bills, legal fees, and damages awarded to the injured party.

What is designated premises liability? 

Designated-premises liability insurance is usually included as part of a commercial general liability policy and provides bodily injury coverage. It is important for business owners to understand the specifics of their designated-premises liability insurance policy to ensure they are adequately covered.

 

Who can be sued for premises liability?

In California, anyone who owns, leases, occupies or controls a premise can be sued for a liability lawsuit. This includes property owners, tenants, business owners, and property managers.

The person or entity responsible for maintaining the premises may also be held liable. In cases where the property owner has no legal control over the premises, the person or entity who has control may be held responsible for any injuries or damages caused by the premises.

In addition, the manufacturer or distributor of any product that caused your injury may be named a defendant in a lawsuit. Some examples would be a business providing a service that injured you or a product that directly injured you and the distributor/manufacturer was negligent. Ultimately, anyone with a legal duty to maintain the premises in a safe condition can be held liable for any injuries or damages resulting from their negligence.

 

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, theaters, apartments, and even private homes.

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, please contact our premises liability attorneys in California for a free case evaluation and to determine if you have a viable case. 

 

Depending on where you are, when and under what circumstances, premises liability conditions can be endless.

Top 5 Premises Liability Accidents in California

  1. Slip and Falls – Slip and falls can happen anywhere, at any time. Around the pool, a hallway, a kitchen, and even a walkway.
  2. Negligent Security – The lack or poor management of security can result in chaotic and hazardous situations spiraling out of control. Poorly lit areas and a lack of security cameras or security guards offer an opportunity for violence to occur, leading to potentially catastrophic results.
  3. Pool Accidents – Pools, spas, and open water areas can be deadly, especially with young children and those unable to swim. There is a huge number of drownings across the country and the entire world, many of which could be prevented if fencing and gating, proper parental supervision, and other safety means were established and maintained.
  4. Dog Bites – Dogs can never be understood or read, meaning, whether a dog has had a history of violent behavior or none at all, you can never know for sure if a dog can suddenly express violent behavior, possibly resulting in serious injury and or death. Receiving the proper medical attention, care, and treatments for dog bites is essential. You can learn more about dog bites at PetsWebMD.
  5. Poor or Negligent Maintenance – Ensure establishments are kept up and cleaned.

 

Determining Liability in Premises Cases

The key factor in establishing liability for a premises liability issue is determining if the proprietor had actual knowledge of the dangerous condition. In general, property owners cannot be held liable if they are not aware of the dangerous conditions.

There is, however, a significant 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 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 shoelaces.

Property owners 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 immediately fixed.

 

Comparative Negligence

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 visitor’s responsibility to observe it and respond accordingly.

Furthermore, property owners do not have to ‘warn visitors’ of hazardous conditions 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 number of damages recoverable by the victim will be reduced to his or her responsibility for the accident. If you have questions on whether you are somewhat at fault, please get in touch with our California premises liability lawyers for a free case evaluation.

 

Negligent Security

When we invest our precious time and hard-earned dollars into amusement parks, sports arenas, concert venues, and other miscellaneous recreational activities, we expect top-quality service, security, and peace of mind.

Some accidents are unavoidable. However, it is the responsibility of the premises to hire enough help to keep events and the area safe overall.

For example, a recent victim of negligent security, Bryan Stow, pressed charges, with his family, against the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt stating that if the facility had enough security and lighting in the Dodgers stadium parking lot, he wouldn’t have sustained the injuries he did when Stow was beaten up in the Dodger’s parking lot after a playoff game.

A jury ruled in favor of Stow’s family with a jury verdict of $18 million to compensate for his brain injuries, and other pain and suffering sustained that night because of the baseball team’s lack of security that night. Former owner Frank McCourt was not held liable.

Many instances of negligent security happen so often throughout the country on a daily basis, especially with the tension and angst that currently exist in our society. Some places where you can potentially become a victim of negligent security include:

  • Shopping Centers
  • Hotels
  • Schools
  • Parking Garages
  • Apartments
  • College Dorms
  • Night Clubs/Bars
  • Concert Venues/Outdoor Festivals

If your injury could have been prevented or reduced with adequate security, it is best to seek legal counsel as soon as possible to see if you can be compensated for the pain and injury you sustained.

If you are trying to prove the premises and their security were at fault, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did the premises have adequate surveillance and security cameras?
  • Was the area of your incident well-lit and had good lighting overall?
  • Were security measures (locks, fences, barriers, etc.) in place at the time and location of your incident?
  • Did the venue/company perform detailed background checks on the hired security personnel?
  • Was security personnel properly trained before the accident?
  • Was the premises adequately staffed to accommodate the number of visitors present during your encounter?

Suppose you answered “no” to any or all of these questions. In that case, you have a case of negligent security on your hands, and we advise you to contact one of our California premises liability lawyers now to discuss your rights as a victim and to see if the circumstances of your accident qualify you for compensation.

 

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 property owner’s negligence or manager contributed to the accident.

 

What to do After a Premises 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 obtain a copy of that report. Filing such a 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, take at least cell phone images with a date and time stamp if you trip on a broken stair. 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 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.

Contact our Premises Liability Attorneys in California

Our California Premises Liability Lawyers have over 45 years of experience and the determination, skill, and ability to take on and win complex cases. Many of the cases we have signed and won, had been turned down by other law firms because of complexity, lack of resources, and inability to sufficiently manage, fight and win the case.

If you have been injured due to negligent maintenance or a premise liability, Call us for a Free Consultation.

For immediate help with a premises liability case, please call 800-561-4887.

 

Premises Liability Lawyers in California

  • If you or a loved one have suffered due to someone else’s negligence, know your rights and contact our California premises liability attorney today.
  • Our premises liability lawyers have decades of experience in and out of the courts. $800M recovered with a 99% success rate.

A premise is responsible for your safety, and a claim of negligence and strict liability is the core of a premises case. Top-notch representation is required to be successful in handling these types of cases.

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