Articles Posted in Premises Liability

When we see a character slip and fall down in a movie or on TV, it can just as easily be for comedic effect as it can be for demonstrating any danger. However, in the real world slip and falls are anything but a laughing matter. In the real world, keeping a property free of the types of dangers that can result in a slip and fall (or other type of accident) is not just a good idea but a legal responsibility that is too often not taken seriously.

When someone slips and falls down in a supermarket because of a spill, or tumbles down poorly designed stairs, the accidents are called “premises liability cases” and can entitle the victim to serious compensation for the injuries they received. It’s for this reason that it is extremely important to have a skilled attorney on your side if you are ever hurt on someone else’s property, in order to make sure that the owner(s) is held to the exacting standards of the law in how safe they need to make their property.

Premises liability cases can be very complicated and cover a huge variety of accident types. Dog bites, insufficient security, and pool accidents are just some examples of the wide variety of incidents that fall under the same umbrella of the law. Beyond just the type of accident, the type of property makes a difference. Premises liability cases can happen on public property (like a city park), private property (like a person’s home), or even a workplace. In addition, the relationship of the injured party to the property makes a difference in establishing the owner’s liability. A person who was invited onto the property or who is contracted to work there is more protected under the law than someone who is there without permission, but it’s important to note that even if you are on someone else’s property without their permission, you still have protections under the law if you are injured.

If you are injured by an actor that is owned by a city, county, state, or even federal government, it is VERY important to know that there are special rules that you must follow in order to properly pursue your claim against a government entity. In this article, we discuss the basics of what you need to know if you are injured by a government entity.

Every state has their own time limits for bringing a lawsuit against those who may be responsible for injuries to another. These time limits are known as the “statute of limitations”. Typically, California has a two (2) year statute of limitations during which to file an injury claims agains a private party, such as a negligent driver or an insurance company. If the party you deem to be responsible is a government entity, however, there are different time limits and procedures that you must be aware of. These rules, known as the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA) have been codified, and can be found by clicking on this link to California Government Code. Continue reading ›

All too often these days, hotel guests are hurt by the criminal acts of another person. Assault, battery, and sexual assault are just a few of the criminal acts that good people often suffer at the hands of another. This is especially common in major metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles, where people are constantly staying in hotels for business. In such situations, it is usually clear that the party committing the criminal act (the “third party” in this article) is liable to their victim for the damages they have suffered. Unfortunately, those who commit these acts often lack the financial resources to compensate their victims for the physical and emotional damage they have caused. In such cases, it is important to know if the hotel in which the attack occurred is also liable for a victim’s injuries.

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In this article, we discuss if and when a business property owner is liable for the criminal acts of a third party on their property, and what you should do if you are injured by the criminal acts of a third party while on the property owned by a business.

The following is an easy to understand example:

You are doing your holiday shopping at one of the many malls in Los Angeles. You are on your way to your car with all of your bags of goodies, when suddenly a mugger runs out of the shadows, knocks you down, and steals all of your bags. In addition to losing all of your gifts, you struck your head on the pavement after being knocked down, and sustained a head injury. Must the shopping mall owners pay for your medical bills and other damages?