Property owners, property management companies, and businesses have a legal duty to maintain their land and buildings with a certain standard of safety and care.
Local, state, and federal building and land regulations protect the public from neglected and dangerous conditions no matter whose property you’re on. After all, when you move about the world, you expect a level of basic safety. So when a property owner or tenant:
- Fails to inspect their property for dangers,
- Fails to fix the dangerous conditions on the premises, or
- Fails to warn others about known dangers on the property,
People can get hurt. And depending on the type of hazards that exist on the property, the resulting injuries could be catastrophic, even deadly.
If you’ve suffered a slip and fall or another injury because of dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, you shouldn’t have to bear the cost of your recovery. Under personal injury laws, public visitors, guests, tenants, and even some trespassers can recover compensation for their injuries. Families of victims can also file a claim on their behalf.
At Pyramid Legal, we help you get the justice you deserve and the support you need to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life. A legal claim can hold the property manager responsible for your injuries accountable for their negligent or reckless behavior.
Common Premises Liability Accidents and Injuries
Unsafe property conditions can come in many forms. Some common examples include:
- Building code violations such as blocked fire exits, insufficient smoke alarms, lack of handrails, improper venting, or electrical or structural problems
- Poor engineering, construction, or building materials
- Missing guardrails, fencing, or other safety barriers
- Improperly maintained accessibility aids like wheelchair ramps
- Obstructed or poorly maintained walkways or stairways
- Swimming pool or amusement park accidents
- Dangerous conditions from snow and ice
- Water leaks or flooding hazards
Premises liability injuries could include broken bones, burns, neck and spinal cord injuries, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), shock or electrocution, internal bleeding, or puncture wounds. Some injuries could be life-changing or even fatal.
California laws protect victims in premises liability cases. In California, landowners and property operators must take reasonable care to prevent harm to anyone on the premises. This includes the continuous duty to inspect the property for danger and hazards.
That means in a premises liability case, a landlord or property manager can’t simply plead ignorance to avoid responsibility. It’s their duty to check and know about dangerous conditions.
If you’ve been injured because of negligence on someone else’s property, you could recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. The experienced premises liability lawyers at Pyramid Legal can help.
Slip & Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries could happen anywhere – the sidewalk, the grocery store, a public park, a movie theater. Some areas are more prone to slips and falls, such as escalators, elevators, swimming pools, or construction sites. But any uneven or slippery surface could be a hazard.
Property managers should be especially conscious of slip and fall risks around:
- Uneven floors, sidewalks, or stairs, especially if icy
- Wet floors and other environmental conditions such as snow and wind
- Unsafe stairs, ladders, deteriorating floors, or loose floorboards or rugs
- Grease, oil, or other liquids on the floor that haven’t been cleaned up
Falls can be extremely unpredictable. Depending on the way you land, you could walk away with a minor injury or suffer major trauma – even death. A slip and fall victim could require extensive medical treatment or a lifetime of supportive care. You could become unable to work, losing your income and the ability to pay your mounting medical bills.
If the property owner, operator, or manager knew or should have known of the danger, they could be held liable for the harm that you suffer as a result. A personal injury lawsuit can help you put fault where it belongs and get the accountability you deserve.
The more severe your injuries, the more you could be owed in compensation.
- Economic damages cover your monetary losses like medical bills and lost income.
- Non-economic damages address the pain and suffering you’ve experienced.
- Punitive damages punish bad actors for especially abhorrent behavior. This helps deter the guilty party from repeating their actions and sets an example for others. Punitive damages could come into play if a property manager blatantly ignores signs of danger despite multiple injuries that keep escalating over time.
When you work with the talented attorneys at Pyramid Legal, we put clients first. We go to battle against property management companies and their insurance companies on your behalf to make sure you and your family have the support you need to recover.
Contact our experienced attorneys for a free consultation now.