Trustworthy Counsel after a Slip and Fall Accident
All owners of property, whether commercial or residential, have an obligation to provide a safe environment and ensure that guests are reasonably protected from harm. When property owners fail to live up to these responsibilities, hazardous conditions such as broken sidewalks or poorly lit areas can lead to slip-and-fall accidents, personal injury, or even wrongful death. Although premises liability laws dictate that responsible parties provide compensation for injuries caused by their negligence, premises liability cases can be complicated and time-consuming. A skilled lawyer such as Orange County premises liability and personal injury attorney Jeff Roberts can answer any questions you might have and help ensure that your rights are protected.
Premises Liability Law
When a person is injured or killed while on property belonging to or controlled by another party, compensation may be recoverable from the responsible party under premises liability law. While property owners are not automatically liable for any accident or injury which occurs on their land, if the property owner or manager acted negligently or recklessly by causing, ignoring, or failing to warn of a hazardous condition, he or she may be liable for any injuries that result, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Because premises liability laws vary from state to state and special circumstances apply in many cases, you should contact an experienced lawyer to help prepare your premises liability case. In the Orange County, California area, premises liability and personal injury attorney Jeff Roberts at The Roberts | Jeandron Law Firm provides expert representation for people who have been injured due to the negligence of others.
Property Liability Cases
In order to mount a successful premises liability case, it must be demonstrated that the property owner or his or her representative:
- Caused an unsafe condition on the property which led to injury
- Was aware of a dangerous condition of the property but took no steps to correct it or warn guests
- Should have been aware of a hazardous condition by reasonable expectations and taken steps to correct or warn visitors of it
The victim’s role while on the property will also affect his or her premises liability case, as property owners have different legal obligations to different classes of visitors depending on the circumstances of their visit and in what capacity they were on the defendant’s property, as outlined below. If you are not certain which category applies in your particular situation, contact Orange County premises liability and personal injury attorney Jeff Roberts.
- Invitees: Property owners have the highest degree of responsibility in ensuring that invitees on their property — that is, people explicitly invited onto the property for business or commercial purposes by the owner or their representative — are protected from or made aware of any hazardous conditions.
- Licensees: Licensees, or visitors allowed onto a person’s property in order to conduct personal business, are generally required under premises liability law to be made aware of any unsafe conditions the property owner knows about or should reasonably be expected to know about.
- Trespassers: Property owners will not necessarily be held liable for injuries suffered by uninvited guests on their property, such as trespassers or burglars, who typically enter at their own risk. However, landowners whose property might reasonably be expected to attract child trespassers due to swimming pools or other similar features are typically required to take precautionary measures to prevent accidental injury.
Schedule an Appointment at Roberts | Jeandron Law
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed on another party’s property in the Orange County area, contact a premises liability and personal injury attorney at The Roberts | Jeandron Law Firm to arrange a consultation. We have successfully litigated many premises liability cases, obtaining favorable verdicts and compensatory settlements for victims of personal injury.