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Accidents happen. There’s no getting around that. But when an accident happens on somebody else’s property, and it’s due to the owner’s negligence or failure to maintain a reasonably safe environment – then that’s a different story; one that our experienced premises liability attorneys at Agemian Law Group are very familiar with. If you’ve suffered a serious injury on property that was poorly maintained – be it commercial, residential, or public – know that California’s premises liability laws are behind you, and so are we.

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It only takes one slip up to completely derail a person’s life. Medical bills, pain, suffering, impairment, lost income, lost earning capacity – all of these things can come raining down on you in a heartbeat after a bad injury. “Luck of the draw,” some might say. But you’d be surprised at how many accidents are actually a byproduct of sheer carelessness on the part of the property owners – anything from broken stairs, spills or leaks, unfixed structural issues, failure to put up warning signs about known hazards – the list is endless. Whatever the case may be, at Agemian Law Group, we know the difference between bad luck and recklessness. We’ve represented countless victims whose quality of life has come to a screeching halt because of this type of negligence, and trust us, we know just how frustrating and demoralizing it can be. Let us help you get your life back on track by holding property owners financially responsible for your physical and mental suffering; you deserve a shot at justice and we’ll make sure that you get it.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sure you have questions -- in fact, you may never have thought that you’d need the help of an attorney before your accident or incident occurred. Agemian Law Group is here to help you make sense of what’s next.

What are some examples of premises liability cases?

Premises liability cases can happen just about anywhere – stores, restaurants, corporate buildings, parks, government property, malls, parking lots, and people’s homes – and there are virtually endless possible scenarios that can give rise to a lawsuit. Some of the most common premises liability accidents include:

  • Slip and fall accidents which generally involve spills or leaks, uneven floors, broken steps, broken railings, inadequate lighting, or uncovered cords or cables.
  • Animal injuries which can include dog bites and other types of animal attacks.
  • Pool accidents that occur in private or public pools, waterparks, spas and other public sites with large crowds. Owners of these establishments have a duty to make sure these premises are safe for all customers/visitors.
  • Negligent or insufficient security in a variety of establishments like hotels, malls, college campuses, stadiums, concert venues, theme parks, nightclubs, and apartment complexes which may lead to assault or other potential dangers.
  • Elevator injuries in office or apartment buildings that result from lack of maintenance or attention. Property owners are responsible for fixing the elevator and warning others if it’s broken or if there is a risk of danger.

Other examples of premises liability cases can include:

  • Storefront crashes
  • Injuries from explosions or fires
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Airbnb or other home share accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Failure to put up warning signs about known hazards, such as wet floors or broken glass
  • Failure to abide by building codes

Can homeowners be held accountable?

If you suffered an accident while visiting somebody else’s home, the same laws still apply to the owner of the property. If the homeowner does not keep their property in a reasonably safe condition or warn the visitor of a hazard, and the visitor is injured, the homeowner could be liable for damages.

What about rental properties? Who is responsible?

If the injury occurred in a rental property or a leased commercial property, the tenant/leaseholder (not the landlord) would be liable because he or she is presumed to be in control of the condition of the property. 

However, landlords aren’t completely off the hook in some cases. They must still conduct inspections of their properties before and after renting it to tenants (or upon renewal of a lease). If the landlord fails to repair any obvious unsafe condition during these instances, and a tenant is injured as a result, the landlord could be held liable.  Other important exceptions in which the landlord of a leased property would be held liable are:

  • If the landlord has actual knowledge of an unsafe condition inside a person’s rental property and has a right/permission to go in and fix it.
  • If the accident occurs in a common area of the building that the landlord has full control over (such as common hallways, stairs, and elevators).

Everything You Need To Know

Key Facts About Premises Liability Lawsuits in California

California’s Premises Liability Laws

According to California’s CACI No. 1001, property owners who own, lease, occupy, or control a property have what’s called a basic “duty of care” to keep it in a reasonably safe condition. This requires them to maintain and inspect their property, repair anything that could potentially lead to dangerous conditions, and give adequate warning of anything that is irreparable or might be expected to harm others. If the owner breaches any of these duties, they can be held liable for any consequent injuries.

In a court of law, whether the owner breached their duty of care is dependent on the following factors:

  1. The location of the property
  2. The likelihood that someone (such as the plaintiff) would visit the property
  3. The likelihood of harm
  4. The probable seriousness of such harm
  5. Whether the owner knew about the dangerous condition
  6. The difficulty of protecting against the risk
  7. How much control the owner had over the condition that created the risk

What You Must Prove in a Premises Liability Claim

In California, a premises liability lawsuit is based on negligence. Therefore, the plaintiff must prove that he or she was harmed because of the negligent way in which the property was managed. In order to establish such a claim, you will be required to prove four things:

  1. That the defendant owned, leased, occupied, or controlled the property;
  2. The the defendant was negligent in the use or maintenance of the property;
  3. That you were harmed;
  4. That the defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing you harm;

Negotiation Is Key

Perhaps the most important thing keep in mind is that negotiation is the name of the game when it comes to premises liability lawsuits. Most of these cases never actually make it to a courtroom; they involve negotiating a settlement beforehand. In a premises liability case, these negotiations will probably involve the defendant’s insurance company – and you should remember that they definitely don’t have your best interests in mind. In fact, they’ve got a high-powered attorney on their end who is being paid to withhold as much money from you as possible.

In order to do this right, you need an experienced attorney who understands the nuances of premises liability law in California and who practically negotiates these types of cases in their sleep. That’s where we come in. At Agemian Law Group, we know how the game works and we’ll be able to tell you exactly how to properly document and argue your case. Not only that, but we take these types of cases personally because we know that most people get taken advantage of by these companies without even realizing it. Remember, chances are that it will be you vs. the legal department of a major insurance conglomerate – which may seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be. We fight – and win – these types of battles all the time, and we’ll be glad to do it for you.

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