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Property owners, both private and commercial, must ensure their premises are safe for lawful visitors. If they do not, they may be liable for any injuries or damages caused by unsafe conditions. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a property owners’ negligence, contact Rafii & Associates, P.C. and meet with an experienced Los Angeles, CA premise liability lawyer to discuss your legal options for compensation.
Why Choose Rafii & Associates, P.C.
The personal injury attorneys at Rafii & Associates, P.C. have more than 75 years of combined experience handling civil claims in California. We understand how complex these cases can be, and we have put our skills and experience to work for past clients to help them secure more than $100 million in damages over the years.
You may think that your case is clear, and you don’t need an attorney. While handling your own case will save you money on legal fees, it may cost you more in the end. The average person doesn’t have the legal training or experience to meet the court’s demanding filing requirements or other crucial deadlines. A plaintiff handling his or her own case may also miss valuable channels of recovery that an experienced premise liability attorney would explore.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability law pertains to personal injuries sustained due to the negligent care and maintenance of a property. A property owner has a duty of care to prevent injuries to lawful visitors. This is an important distinction because a property owner does not owe a duty to prevent injuries to trespassers or people who enter the property for illegal reasons. Lawful visitors include invitees invited with express or implied permission to the property by the owner, and licensees who may visit a property for their own purposes. If a hazard exists on the property, the owner must either correct the hazard, so it does not pose a risk to lawful visitors, or the owner must warn guests of the hazard if they are likely to encounter it.
Some examples of premises liability accidents include:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Injuries from snow and ice accumulation
- Defective equipment or structure-related injuries
- Clutter and debris in walking paths or stairwells
- Wet or damaged floors
- Negligent security
- Dog attack injuries
Proving Negligence in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
To succeed with a premises liability claim, a plaintiff must prove that the property owner knew about a hazard on the property but did not take adequate steps to fix the issue or warn the plaintiff before it caused the plaintiff’s injuries. The plaintiff in a premises liability case must prove the defendant was negligent in his or her care of the property or handling of a safety hazard. The plaintiff must then prove that his or her damages were the direct results of this negligence and not some other cause.
Damages in a premises liability claim may include medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering compensation. It’s also possible for a defendant to face punitive charges if his or her negligence showed a reckless disregard for the safety of visitors on the property or was engaged in illegal activity that contributed to the plaintiff’s damages.
Contact a Top-Rated Los Angeles, CA Premise Liability Lawyer
A premises liability lawsuit is a complex civil action, and plaintiffs need reliable and experienced legal representation to reach satisfactory results with their claims. A Los Angeles, CA premise liability lawyer at Rafii & Associates, P.C. has the experience and resources to handle the toughest premises liability claims. We believe open communication is the key to success in any lawsuit, and we want to hear your story. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your premises liability claim, and we will let you know how our firm can help.