Slip and Fall Accidents
In California, when you are visiting another person’s property, the owner has the responsibility to ensure that you can do so with a reasonable amount of safety. It does not matter if the property is an apartment complex, a retail store, office building, city sidewalk or a public gathering area. You can be a tenant, a patron, a guest or be on the property for just about any reason. The only thing that matters is that you have the expectation that you can do so with relative safety.
Unfortunately, there are countless scenarios when a property owner falls short of the obligation of safety they are required to maintain. This may include instances such as:
- If you have a slip and fall accident due to poor lighting conditions
- If you are bitten by a dog known to be dangerous
- If stairs are in disrepair, or an elevator or escalator fails or malfunctions
- No fence around a swimming pool leading to a drowning or near drowning
- A fire due to poorly maintained electrical systems
The list is almost endless, but the bottom line is that a property owner has a legal duty to anyone who steps onto their property. Failure to provide a reasonable care of ownership may lead to the injured party filing a premises liability lawsuit. An attorney can help a victim seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The only key is that the victim and their attorney must be able to show that the owner knew about the deficient condition but did not take steps to fix it. If a property owner can show they made an attempt to fix the dangerous problem, then they may be able to claim they met the standard of a reasonable defense. Ultimately, it is up to a victim and their attorney to prove their case in these types of situations.
The Law Offices of Robert Finn serves clients in Long Beach and the surrounding communities of Bellflower, Cerritos, Compton, Cypress, Florence, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, Norwalk, Seal Beach, Signal Hill, Torrance, and Wilmington. Contact us online or call us at 562-901-3388 to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We only charge contingency fees, so you do not have to pay any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.