San Diego Premises Liability Attorney
Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable
When you’re out and about in public, accidents can happen and are a normal part of everyday life. However, there may be some instances in which accidents are caused by the negligence of another party, and don’t happen randomly. If you or a loved one was injured on property, whether it be in your apartment complex or in someone’s yard, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation.
All property owners owe a duty of care to their visitors and if they’ve violated that duty, they can be held liable for any injuries that have occurred. Our premises liability lawyer in San Diego has years of experience helping injured clients achieve justice and can represent you when you call The Law Office of Michelle Gershen to schedule a case evaluation. Through accessible service and honest communication, we hope to be a voice for you during this dark time.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a personal injury claim that a victim can file if their injuries were caused by unsafe or defective conditions on someone’s property. The property owner does not need to have been present at the scene of the accident in order to be held liable for damages.
In general, having a successful premises liability case can be tricky, as you need to be able to prove several elements. You must prove that the property owner was negligent in their ownership and/or maintenance of their property, and that the negligence directly caused your injuries. Victims must prove the property owner knew the premises was unsafe and failed to fix the situation, or made an attempt to fix it but the repairs were inadequate. This proof is necessary to establish your claim as legitimate – just because someone is injured on another’s property doesn’t necessarily mean the property owner was negligent.
It’s also important to know that those who have been injured while illegally on someone’s property may not be eligible to seek damages. Known as trespassers, these types of cases vary by state and can be complicated when it comes to determining liability – this is one of many reasons why it’s necessary to hire a personal injury lawyer to oversee your premises liability case.
Common Injuries & Causes of Accidents
Countless types of accidents can be classified as premises liability cases if they take place on the property of others, from at amusement parks and stadiums to someone’s own backyard or at a neighborhood pool.
Common types of cases our team can handle include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Fires on property
- Swimming pool accidents
- Snow and ice accidents
- Dog bites
- Toxic fumes or chemicals
- Inadequate security leading to injury or assault
- Inadequate maintenance
- Defective conditions
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Water leaks or flooding
Slip and fall accidents are the most common and straight-forward type of premises liability case, occurring when victims slip or trip and fall on someone’s property. Conditions that lead to slip and falls include wet or slippery surfaces, uneven or torn carpeting, loose or broken floors, steps, or sidewalks, and defective staircases.
Common types of injuries that can occur, especially from slip and fall accidents, include cuts and abrasions, sprains and fractures, and broken bones. However, depending on the nature of the accident, more severe injuries can include spinal cord and neck injuries, burns, and brain and head injuries.
Our San Diego premises liability lawyer is available to listen to your story when you call (619) 768-0848. We’ve handled many slip and fall cases and other forms of property-related negligence.
Our team is available to hold property owners responsible, even when they deny liability. We can show that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care, and that they breached that duty, by investigating the accident and collecting evidence including photos of injuries, medical reports, witness testimonies, and more.
Having successfully handled numerous injury cases, we know how to strengthen claims and fight for the rights of our clients.
After an injury, every moment matters. Michelle is here and ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.