Who Can be Sued for Negligence in a Premises Liability Suit?
If a property owner or the party responsible for maintaining a property
fails to keep it safe from hazards and causes someone's injury, the
victim may have grounds for a premises liability suit.
An injury attorney seeks to prove that:
- The property owner or manager owed you a duty of care.
- The owner did not perform that duty, causing unsafe conditions.
- The owner knew of the conditions and did not provide adequate warnings
or correct the hazards.
- The conditions caused injury.
Premises liability cases can be complex in terms of identifying the parties
who owed the duty of care. Much also depends on how the victim came onto
the property. An individual entering a department store, for example,
has been invited as a member of the public to come in and purchase merchandise.
Premises owners owe the highest duty of care to an invitee. A social guest
has the implied consent of the owner to be on the property. A trespasser
may not be owed any duty of care.
Our legal team at Tedford & Associates conducts exhaustive investigations
of the property to determine the facts and to establish liability for
personal injury cases. We work with forensics experts to determine just
how long that hazard existed.
A Wide Range of Safety Hazards May Lead to a Slip & Fall Accident
Although owners should maintain their properties according to certain building
codes and regulations, they often don't to save money. Slick floors,
inadequate lighting, broken stairs, faulty grating, uneven surfaces, worn
carpeting and visually confusing carpet patterns are among the hazards
that could confront an individual and result in accident and injury.
Slip and fall accidents, falling objects and other incidents can occur
anywhere when defects and hazards are not corrected:
- Parking lots
- Floors and other ground surfaces
- Escalators and elevators
These locations can be on the grounds of:
- Private residential properties
- Apartment and condo complexes
- Commercial office buildings
- Shopping malls and stores
- Hotels and motels
Suing Owners of Property for Negligent Security
When security cameras don't operate as they should, stairwells and
parking lots aren't sufficiently lit, gates don't close or lock
properly, and security is insufficient or nonexistent, owners of the properties
can be sued for negligence if accidents or attacks occur. These owners
by law must provide security measures to keep the properties safe. When
they fail to do so, they should be held accountable.
Premises Hazards Can Result in a Variety of Injuries
Minor injuries and severe, life-altering injuries may occur depending on
the property's unsafe conditions and the specific nature of the accident:
- Spine injuries
- Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Head, neck and back injuries
- Disc injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal and soft-tissue injuries
Contact Us to Arrange a Free Initial Consultation
At Tedford & Associates in Pasadena, we represent the rights of slip
and fall accident victims and others with premises liability claims. Our
Pasadena premises liability attorneys hold negligent parties accountable
for their failure to warn or correct property hazards that caused injury.
We operate on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no upfront legal costs.
Call us at (626) 793-7270 or contact us
online to tell us about your situation and schedule your appointment