The person or business in control of a property has a duty to provide a certain level of care to guests and visitors. This duty of care includes keeping the property reasonably safe by detecting any unsafe hazards that could harm someone and ensuring they are repaired within a reasonable period of time. If they cannot repair or remove these hazards, they are required to alert guests and visitors of known dangers. Dangers include icy stairs, wet floors, broken railings, and dogs that are not on leashes or behind fences. If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or failure to exercise reasonable caution, it is important to begin seeking compensation as soon as possible. You only have two years to file a claim, and our Orange County premises liability attorneys are prepared to help you pursue compensation for your injuries.
The Responsibilities Of Visitors & Guests
If you were acting irresponsibly or were not using the property as it was intended to be used, you may be responsible for your own injuries. If you hurt yourself sliding down a broken handrail, for example, you may be at fault. If you ignored a warning, the person in control of the property may also not be at fault for your injuries. Additionally, if you should have been reasonably aware of the unsafe condition, the person in control may not have had a duty to warn you. If the courts decide that your injuries are at least partially your fault, the concept of "comparative negligence" will determine what percentage you are responsible for in the state of California.
What Damages Can I Pursue?
Slip-and-fall injuries are one of the most common types of premises liability injuries and one of the leading causes of hospital visits. These injuries can cause victims to miss work and may lead to lost wages. Failure to maintain the property, defective conditions, and inadequate security are other leading causes of premises liability injuries.
If you were injured on another person's property and are unable to work, you may be able to pursue compensation for lost wages and income. You may also be eligible to seek damages for medical expenses and the costs of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and other treatment. Additionally, you may be able to obtain compensation for pain, suffering, and the loss of companionship.
Seek Compensation With A Premises Liability Attorney in Orange County
With more than 30 years of experience, The Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti is well-equipped to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your premises liability injury. Our Orange County personal injury lawyers have won thousands of cases and obtained over $60,000,000 in settlements and awards on behalf of our clients. If you are interested in pursuing compensation for your injuries, contact an Orange County premises liability lawyer at our firm today!