Premises Liability Attorney Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
You might need a premises liability attorney if you find yourself injured on someone else’s property. All property owners have an obligation to keep their premises free from defects and hazards. They must check for defects, schedule repairs, and post warning signs about known hazards on the property to reasonably prevent accidents. After suffering a broken bone, concussion, poisoning, criminal act, or other form of harm on someone else’s property, contact DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC. You may have grounds to sue the responsible owner.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims
The basis of any premises liability claim is that the property owner owed the visitor a duty, breached this duty, and the breach caused the visitor harm. The particulars of a case can vary, but most claims must have at least these three elements. Every claim is different, but there are a handful of situations that commonly arise in premises liability claims. If you or a loved one sustained an injury in any of the following scenarios, you likely have a premises liability claim on your hands:
- Slip, trip, and fall accident
- Swimming pool accident
- Dog bite or animal attack
- Exposure to harmful substance or dangerous chemical
- Elevator/escalator accident
- Fire or flood
- Playground accident
- Overcrowding/trampling incident
- Violent attack or theft due to negligent security
- Amusement park injury
Not all visitors have the same rights when on someone else’s property. The obligations an owner has to a visitor depend on the visitor’s classification. There are three main categories of visitors: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Invitees are the most esteemed class, and are people the property owner invites to the premises. Licensees may also expect certain duties of care. Licensees also have an invitation to enter a property, but do so for their own reasons. Trespassers are the only class that owners do not owe any duties to, unless the trespasser is a child.
How an Attorney Can Help
Premises liability accidents can cause serious to fatal injuries to unsuspecting shoppers, customers, workers, children, and other parties. At our Riverside/San Bernardino law firm, we want to help injured accident victims protect their rights and take home financial compensation for hospital bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages after a property defect causes injury. Our lead attorneys want to shed light on negligent property owners who do not do their part to maintain safe premises – resulting in injuries to men, women, and children. We do this through one-on-one client attention, high-quality legal resources, and aggressive litigation.
The success of a premises liability claim hinges on the condition of the property, the actions of the property owner, and the status of the visitor. Determining whether the property owner met the standards of reasonableness the law requires can take examinations of the law, testimony from key witnesses, and more. Premises liability claims can be complex and require a great deal of evidence gathering and negotiation with insurance companies. Retaining an experienced lawyer can go a long way toward success. For more information about your unique claim, contact us.