Have you been injured? Thousands of people are injured by dangerous conditions on property every year. These incidents typically occur at restaurants, grocery stores, private residences, workplace, amusement parks/stadiums, shopping malls and construction sites. We at Gould & Jefferson understand that this may be a difficult time for people who have been injured, and our team of attorneys take each case with the required compassion for you in order make sure that you are receiving the best treatment, while also ensuring that you are adequately compensated for your damages. If you or a loved one has been injured while on the property of another, it is important to talk to a Los Angeles Premises Liability Lawyer. Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has experienced and dedicated attorneys standing by to assist you. Call (310) 899-9529 now to schedule a free 1- hour consultation with our team of attorneys.
Premises Liability Information
Premises liability is a subset of Personal Injury. Just like a normal personal injury case, there is a victim who has been injured due to unsafe or defective conditions on someone else’s property. An owner or occupier of property owes a duty to protect “invitees” from dangerous conditions, defects and unreasonable risks of harm on the property.
Should a property owner find that there is a dangerous condition on the property, they must repair such defect or adequately warn visitors of the property. If the landowner fails to keep the property reasonably safe, they will be liable for injuries suffered by visitors. This can include medical damages and pain and suffering caused by the incident. The landlord’s duty can change depending on whether the person on the property is a trespasser, licensee or an invitee.
Simply put, an invitee is a person that has been invited to the landowner’s premises. An invitee extends to persons of the public who have been invited onto property for business dealings (example: stores).
What duty does a landowner owe to an invitee?
Here the landowner will have a duty to repair and fix any known dangerous conditions, and he/she also has the responsibility of inspecting the property for unknown or otherwise dangerous conditions where an “invitee” would have otherwise have access to.
A licensee is a holder of a license, which typically arises when a person enters the premises of the landowner for social gatherings or if such person is entering only for their own benefit.
What duty does a landowner owe to a licensee?
Property owners must make sure that their property is safe for licensees. Generally it is found that a landowner owes a lesser duty to a licensee than to a invitee, however it is important to note that they must protect “licensees” from all known dangerous conditions. They are typically required to inspect the property of hidden or unknown dangers.
Trespassers are simply known as people who are not given permission to enter the land of the property owner.
What duty do landowner’s owe to trespassers?
These unauthorized visitors are not owed any duty to be protected from known or hidden dangers, however, landowners may not use their property to willfully injure trespassers. If a landowner knows about frequent trespassing onto his property, the landowner can be liable for injuries that resulted on the property if it is found that the landowner created or maintained the dangerous condition or if they fail to notify the trespassers of the dangers on their property.
Hire a Knowledgeable Los Angeles Premises Liability Lawyer
Insurance companies are always determined to undermine claims by delving into victim’s medical records, social media records, and criminal history. They try to take any information available to assert that the injury is not as serious as being claimed and/or that is was not caused by the defendant in the situation.
Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has knowledgeable Premises Liability Attorneys that know how to deal with insurance companies in order to overcome these arguments and tactics that they use. This is why it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable team of Premises Liability Lawyers fighting by your side. Call (310) 899-9529 to speak with the Best Los Angeles Premises Liability Lawyers.