Orange County Premises Liability Attorney
Property owners in Orange County have the duty to ensure that their properties are safe for all authorized visitors. When a visitor suffers an injury because the property owner failed to take reasonable care to remove a hazard on the property or thoroughly warn visitors about the hazard, the property owner is liable for the victim’s damages. This is known as premises liability.
A Property Owner’s Duty of Care Explained. The concept of duty of care is an important part of premises liability. Basically, it means that when a property owner invites social guests or business contacts onto his or her property, the business owner has the responsibility to take reasonable care to prevent injury to these visitors. Trespassers, on the other hand, are owed a low duty of care. Short of accidents caused by intentional malice on the part of the property owner, a trespasser generally cannot recover compensation for damages related to an accident he or she suffered while being on a property illegally.
Ways You can be Injured by a Property Owner’s Negligence – Premises liability cases often, but not always, cite slip and fall accidents as the cause of the victim’s damages. Other accidents that can arise out of a property owner’s negligence include:
- Pool injuries like drowning, rashes, and other reactions to chemicals in the water, and injuries involving a pool’s filter or drain;
- Electrical injuries from ungrounded wires or faulty electronics;
- Burns from fire and heat hazards on the property;
- Injuries from falling objects; and
- Exposure to toxic substances.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Damages Through a Southern California Premises Liability Attorney
In a premises liability claim, the claimant must demonstrate that the property owner knew or reasonably should have known about the hazard that caused the accident, yet did not take care to prevent the hazard from causing accidents. For example, a liquid spill that sat for hours before being cleaned up is a hazard a property owner should reasonably have known about.
Your lawyer can help you determine if you have grounds for a premises liability claim and if so, work with you to obtain and use evidence to support the claim. Your evidence can include:
- Photographs of the accident;
- Video surveillance of the accident;
- Documentation showing your leave from work and related lost wages;
- Testimony from your doctor discussing your treatment and prognosis; and
- A copy of the accident report, if one exists.
Through your premises liability claim, you can seek compensation for your medical expenses, your lost wages related to the injury, and your pain and suffering damages.
Work with an Experienced Santa Ana Premises Liability Lawyer
Shield Litigation is a group of premises liability lawyers in Santa Ana who work with clients who were injured on someone else’s property throughout Orange County, Anaheim, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove and the surrounding areas. The premises liability lawyers at Shield Litigation, LLP are not afraid to go to court to pursue compensation for our client’s personal injury damages. Contact our team today at 714-728-3385 to schedule your initial legal consultation in our office. We will go over your case with you in substantial detail and prepare you for the personal injury claim process that lies ahead.