In California, slip-and-fall cases and other injuries occurring on someone else’s property are called premises liability claims. You and your personal injury attorney will have to prove the property owner or manager was negligent in their use or maintenance of the property, you were harmed, and the negligence was a substantial factor in causing your harm.
You may have a premises liability claim when you are injured on someone else’s property, or even in public spaces controlled by the government. Some common types of premises liability cases include:
What all these cases have in common is that someone had a responsibility to keep a place safe and didn’t do so. As a result, you had an accident and were injured.
Most property owners have homeowners insurance, renters insurance, or property and casualty insurance to cover injuries on the property. However, insurance companies will do everything in their power to minimize what they pay premises liability victims. It is important to seek the advice of an attorney to make sure you are not being undervalued by the insurance companies. California law says you can be compensated for any “economic” or “non-economic” losses that result from a slip and fall or premises liability injury. This includes:
In wrongful death cases after a fatal accident, you may also collect:
In some rare cases, you can also use “punitive damages” to punish the property owner or manager for intentional or reckless actions that result in especially serious injuries, or when a property owner tried to cover up what happened after the fact.
Contact Pursley Law today to set up a meeting with a local slip-and-fall accident lawyer.