Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorneys
Under California law, anyone who owns property has a legal obligation to keep it safe from hazards. If property owners fail to properly maintain their property and someone incurs injury as a result, they may be liable for damages under premise liability law. In LA, people sustain injuries each year by dangers that owners’ care could have prevented. While many accidents are minor, some result in serious and even catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one are struggling with medical bills, lost wages, or other damages associated with an accident incurred on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
What is Premises Liability?
The term “premise liability” refers to the idea that anyone who allows others on their property has a duty to use “reasonable care” in its upkeep. In other words, entities like businesses, public parks, and government building must maintain their properties to prevent foreseeable injury. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of premise liability accidents, so much that it’s sometimes called “slip and fall liability. However, premise liability law encompasses all kinds of scenarios, including:
- Pool accidents
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Campus injuries
- Matters of negligent security
- Trip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Asbestos or lead related illness (for renters), or
- Amusement park injuries
As you can see, premise liability is a large and multi-faceted area of the law. Premise liability cases can become very complicated, as they often involve businesses, public, or municipal entities. These all have different legal guidelines and insurance considerations, making each case unique. Panish, Shea & Boyle has experience with each kind of this complicated litigation. From class action lawsuits to individual plaintiffs with complex injuries, our firm has seen a wide array of premise liability cases in the City of Angels.
Negligent Security Cases in Los Angeles
Victims of a violent crime are frequently also covered by premises liability law, under a special legal principle called negligent security. Owners have a duty to maintain a safe property and avoid foreseeable hazards; this includes the foreseeable hazard of violent crime. That means that if a public or private property is located in a high-crime area or presents an attractive target for other reasons, property owners must provide good lighting, secure door locks, security guards or other appropriate security measures. If it fails, victims of the resulting crimes may hold them responsible. The courts have extended this liability to rental landlords, schools, employees and even online violence.
Premises liability and negligent security lawsuits can be very complicated because they frequently involve more than one business or even government agencies, each of which has a separate insurer, and sometimes multiple victims. Panish Shea & Boyle has extensive experience handling and winning this kind of complex litigation. Our attorneys have taken leadership roles in several large-scale national class action lawsuits, as well as individual lawsuits presenting complicated liability and procedural issues. Partners Kevin Boyle and Brian Panish won the largest settlement ever against the City of San Francisco, $21 million, for a wrongful death of a four-year-old girl hit by a municipal truck as she walked home from school.
What is Involved in a Premise Liability Case?
While each premise liability case is unique, litigating them requires four unique aspects:
• Showing a property owner owed the victim a duty of care. Public and private entities own all “invitees” a duty of care, though this does not apply to trespassers.
• A defective condition existed on the property. This could be one that the owner did or should have known about. Examples include a broken stair, inadequate lighting, lax security, and more.
• The defective or dangerous condition directly led to the victim’s injuries. This needs to be proven without a reasonable doubt it was the route cause.
• They incurred damages as a result. Examples of injuries include medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering.
Our Client Success with Premises Liability
The Los Angeles premises liability attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP are national leaders in personal injury and consumer protection law. Partners have won several landmark verdicts and settlements, including the largest verdict in U.S. legal history in Anderson v. General Motors and the nation’s largest defective-tire settlement in Lampe v. Continental General Tire. Our lawyers are repeatedly nominated or honored with awards for their leadership roles in those and similar cases. Name partners frequently write and speak to other attorneys about their legal specialties and all of our attorneys are active in public life.
Premises Liability Verdicts & Settlements
- Williams v. Doe Garbage Truck Company $7,000,000
- Vasquez v. Doe Oil Refinery $6,000,000
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