California Premises Liability Lawyer
Premises liability encompasses a wide variety of issues related to injuries sustained on the property of another. These issues may include slip and falls, trip and falls, and other dangerous conditions causing injury. To proceed with a premises liability claim, the plaintiff must, at a minimum, be able to prove the following:
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“The liability of landowners for injuries to people on their property has been governed by general negligence principles,” (Pineda v. Ennabe (1998) 61 Cal.App.4th 1403, 1407) but proving the defendant’s negligence is the most difficult aspect of any premises liability claim. While determining who controls the property and whether the plaintiff is injured are relatively easy ventures, establishing the defendant’s negligence is where things (may) get tricky.
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A person who controls (i.e., owns, leases or occupies) the property in question owes a duty to use reasonable care in keeping the property in a reasonably safe condition. Understand, maintenance of the property alone does not establish control. (Alcaraz, supra, 14 Cal.4th at p. 1170) This duty requires the individual to use reasonable care in discovering any unsafe conditions and then to repair or replace the condition. If repairing or replacing the unsafe condition is not done, the individual must provide the property with adequate warnings of any condition that could reasonably be expected to harm others. An individual who fails to perform these duties will likely be found negligent.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall due to someone’s negligence contact the premises liability lawyers at The Steven Dhillon Law Firm at (818) 874-9485. Call today for a free initial consultation of your case.
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