Legal Assistance for Premises Liability Lawsuits
If you or a family member suffers a serious personal injury – or even a wrongful death – on someone else’s property, you may have a premises liability lawsuit.
A premises liability lawsuit is against the owner or renter of a property. The owner or renter could be:
- An individual
- A company
- Local, county, state or federal government
Types of premises liability lawsuits often include:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Inadequate Security
- Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
- Assaults and Attacks
- Hazards Left Out
Owners – and Sometimes Renters – are Responsible for Your Safety
Under California law property owners and renters must keep their property free from hazards and unsafe conditions.
The law recognizes that hazards happen. But if they do happen, causing an unsafe condition, then it is the owner’s or renter’s duty to warn you about the dangers on their property. This is true even if you are a trespasser on the property or merely “passing through.”
Children are a special case under premises liability law. Sometimes, children are attracted to dangerous things because they look like fun, such as a swimming pool, an abandoned refrigerator, a rotted tree, or a pile of tires, rocks, or junk.
In these cases, a property owner must do more than just warn your children -- even if your children are trespassing. Sometimes they must make the danger inaccessible to the children or actually get rid of the danger.
Beyond the Property Owner
Sometimes people other than the property owner may share in the responsibility for keeping the property safe.
These people could include a:
- Property Manager
California has a comparative negligence law. This means that the court decides what percentage of blame is shared by all those who could be liable for your serious personal injuries or for a family member’s wrongful death.
Even if you are partially responsible for your accident on someone else’s premises, you can usually still recover for your injuries because of this law.
Determining Who Is Responsible
Liability in premises liability lawsuits can be complicated. That is why you need a seasoned premises liability attorney who knows the law and who can best represent you.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
There are a number of damages you may be able to recover for in a premises liability lawsuit, including:
- Physical Injuries
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of a Loved One who is killed or disabled
- Medical Costs
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Future Earning Capacity
- Damage to Physical Property
- Punitive Damages
The Cost of a Premises Liability Lawyer
In most situations, Olan Law takes cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
Time Limits to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit
You want to contact an premises liability attorney at Olan Law as soon as you are medically able.
There are statutes of limitation (deadlines) by which you must file your lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, then you are giving up your rights to ever file a premises liability lawsuit for the damages or losses you suffered.
The sooner you contact Olan Law, the better it is for your case. Your premises liability attorney will investigate the facts of the case, determining who is responsible for your premises liability injuries.
Your product liability attorney will investigate the scene and obtain evidence before it can be destroyed. He will interview witnesses before their memories of the accident fade.
He also will obtain your records to ensure that evidence in your premises liability lawsuit is not lost.
Contact a Premises Liability Attorney
Contact David Olan at Olan Law for a free, no-obligation consultation today.