Accidents can happen anywhere, from slip and falls in retail stores to dog bites in public parks. When you sustain injuries on someone else’s property due to the negligence of an owner or employee, you may have the right to seek compensation through a premises liability claim. Premises liability claims can be difficult to prove, and it can be very challenging to hold the property owner accountable and recover the right amount of compensation without experienced legal help. In San Diego, Kalfayan Law Firm is dedicated to assisting victims of premises liability incidents. See below for more information about California premises liability law and how our firm can help. If you have been injured because of a dangerous condition on another’s property in San Diego or Southern California, call Kalfayan Law Firm in Del Mar for a free consultation with a trusted and successful California premises liability lawyer.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility that property owners or occupiers have to ensure the safety of visitors or guests on their premises. When an individual suffers an injury due to hazardous conditions or lack of maintenance on a property, the owner or occupier may be held liable for damages.
Common Premises Liability Incidents
- Slip and Falls: Slippery floors, uneven pavements, or poorly maintained stairs can cause slip and fall or trip and fall accidents that result in severe injuries, such as broken bones, head trauma, or sprains.
- Inadequate Security: Property owners must provide reasonable security measures to protect visitors from potential criminal acts, such as assaults, robberies, or other violent incidents.
- Dog Bites: Dog owners are responsible for controlling their pets and preventing them from causing harm to others. A dog bite can cause dangerous infections, scarring, and severe emotional distress.
- Elevator and Escalator Accidents: Malfunctioning or poorly maintained elevators and escalators can lead to serious injuries, including fractures, dislocations, or even amputations.
- Swimming Pool Accidents: Property owners with swimming pools must adhere to strict safety regulations and ensure proper fencing, warning signs, and supervision to prevent drowning incidents.
Establishing Premises Liability in California
To successfully pursue a premises liability claim in California, several key elements must be established:
- Duty of Care: The injured party must demonstrate that the property owner had a legal duty to ensure their safety. For example, if the property is open to the public, those in charge should routinely inspect the premises to make sure it is free of any dangers and promptly fix any hazards that are present.
- Breach of Duty: It must be proven that the property owner failed to uphold their duty of care, leading to hazardous conditions or unsafe premises. A critical issue is often whether the property owner knew or should have known about the danger yet failed to correct it in a reasonable period of time.
- Causation: There must be a direct link between the property owner’s negligence and the injuries suffered by the victim. Defendants often try to say the accident victim’s own negligence was the cause of the accident, which can defeat a claim or greatly reduce the amount of compensation awarded if the victim doesn’t have effective legal representation that can prove how the accident happened.
- Damages: The plaintiff must provide evidence of the physical, emotional, or financial damages resulting from the incident. Property owners and their insurance companies frequently try to downplay the harm from a slip and fall or similar incident, but these accidents can cause painful, debilitating or permanent injuries.
Why Choose Kalfayan Law Firm?
Kalfayan Law Firm is a dedicated personal injury law firm in San Diego that handles the full range of premises liability cases in Southern California and statewide. Here’s why Kalfayan Law Firm should be your top choice:
- Experience and Expertise: With decades of experience, our team has successfully represented numerous clients in premises liability claims, securing substantial compensation.
- Thorough Investigation: The firm conducts comprehensive investigations to gather evidence, identify liable parties, and strengthen your case.
- Strong Negotiators and Trial Advocates: Kalfayan Law Firm is skilled at negotiating fair settlements, but we are also unafraid to take your case to trial if necessary, fighting relentlessly for your rights.
- Client-Centric Approach: We prioritize client satisfaction, offering compassionate support, clear communication, and personalized attention throughout the legal process.
- Proven Track Record: The firm’s impressive track record of successful verdicts and settlements speaks to the dedication and commitment to our clients.
Call Kalfayan Law Firm for Help With Premises Liability Claims in San Diego and Statewide
Premises liability is a crucial aspect of personal injury law, providing protection for victims injured on another party’s property. In San Diego, Kalfayan Law Firm is at the forefront of fighting for the rights of those affected by such incidents. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation. Kalfayan Law Firm’s seasoned attorneys are ready to assess your case, guide you through the legal process, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Remember, you have the right to a safe environment, and Kalfayan Law Firm is here to safeguard that right on your behalf. Call 619-232-0331 for a free consultation and immediate assistance today.