Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one due to a property owner’s negligence, you may qualify for compensation through a premises liability claim. The premises liability attorneys at Ellis Law will evaluate your case for no charge and advise you of any legal options available to you and your family.
Ellis Law’s premises liability attorneys have:
- Decades of experience helping injury victims in Los Angeles;
- The expertise and resources needed to take on large insurance companies and corporations; and
- A legal practice devoted to victims of personal injury accidents.
At Ellis Law, we are aggressive fighters for victims’ legal rights and fair and just compensation for victims’ injuries. We hold negligent parties responsible for the harm they cause innocent victims and can represent you in any premises liability claim.
Our premises liability attorneys will gladly answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you connect will local doctors, specialists, or other accident-related service providers you may need. Contact Ellis Law to schedule a confidential consultation with our legal team today.
What Can a Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney Do to Help Me?
Premises liability claims can be complex and require extensive knowledge of California law. Property owners and their insurance companies rarely step forward to admit fault for an accident. If they do offer you compensation, it is generally far less than you deserve.
Building a strong premises liability claim is vital to securing compensation in any claim for injuries. The attorneys at Ellis Law are grounded in the law and skilled at doing the following and more on your behalf:
- Investigating your accident;
- Interviewing any witnesses;
- Determining all liable parties and sources of compensation;
- Filing claims with any insurance company(s);
- Handling negotiations with the insurance company(s); and
- Preparing your case for court; and
- If necessary, taking your case to trial.
Let Ellis Law handle your legal claim so that you can focus on your family, your health, and your well-being. Retaining an experienced attorney puts the insurance company on notice that you intend to fight for your rights and recover for your losses.
The sooner you meet with Ellis Law’s premises liability attorneys, the faster we can begin working on your case.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is an area of civil personal injury law. Premises liability holds property owners responsible for any damages arising out of injuries that occur on their property. It is a property owner’s responsibility to make a reasonable effort to maintain a safe environment for visitors to their property, and failure to do so results in premises liability.
A successful premises liability claim requires proving that the property owner, manager, or possessor was negligent in maintaining a reasonably safe property. It is the victim or victim’s attorney’s responsibility to prove that:
- The owner or possessor of the property was responsible for maintaining the property where the accident that caused the injury occurred;
- The owner or possessor of the property knew or should have reasonably known about the danger and was negligent in maintaining the property or warn of the risks;
- The victim suffered harm; and
- The owner or possessor of the property’s negligence was the reason for the victim’s injury.
Common premises liability cases include the following:
- Swimming pool drownings;
- Broken or unmarked stairs and other stair-related accidents;
- Animal attacks, such as dog bites;
- Negligent or insufficient security;
- Slippery floors;
- Unmarked holes or obstacles;
- Collapsed ceilings, decks, or building structures;
- Falling objects;
- Standing water;
- Broken sidewalks;
- Mold and mildew inhalation;
- Dangerous fumes;
- Inadequate lighting; and
- Torn or loose carpeting.
Proving a Premises Liability Claim
There are four classes of visitors under the law. A landowner or possessor owes each classification of visitor a different duty of care. Visitors to a property may include:
- Invitees. An invitee includes an invited guest or store patron. Owners owe the greatest duty of care to invitees, and liability is influenced by the invitee’s part in any injuries they suffer;
- Licensees. Licensees enter the property for their purpose with the owner’s permission. Owners owe these visitors a duty to notify them of hidden or hard to see hazards on the property;
- Trespassers. Trespassers do not have permission to enter the property. Owners cannot willfully or wantonly injure trespassers; and
- Child trespassers. Children receive special treatment under the law, especially young children.
Compensation for Premises Liability
Compensation in a premises liability case depends upon the particular case circumstances, the severity and type of injuries the victim suffered, and their overall prognosis for recovery. Although the amount of damages awarded in premises liability cases varies on a case-by-case basis, a typical damage award includes economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are monies intended to compensate a plaintiff for calculable losses. These are amounts associated with out-of-pocket losses already incurred by a victim or those expected to be incurred due to the accident.
Economic damages may include but are not limited to the following:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of Earning Capacity;
- Home modifications;
- Physical and occupational therapy; and
- Psychological counseling.
Non-economic damages are monies intended to cover losses that are more subjective and not for billable damages. Non-economic damages include the following and more:
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental and emotional trauma;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Loss of consortium.
California has a third type of damages called punitive damages. These are damages awarded by the court. Punitive damages are a type of punishment for especially harmful behavior on a defendant’s behalf.
Punitive damages are rarely awarded, and there is no set standard for calculating a punitive damages award.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney
There is a two-year statute of limitations, or deadline, to file a premises liability claim in California. Otherwise, you may lose your right to recover compensation. Therefore, it is vital you speak with an experienced premises liability attorney, like ours at Ellis Law, today to ensure you do not miss your opportunity for recovery.
At Ellis Law, our goal is to provide you with informative, responsive client service throughout your case from beginning to end. We want you to realize your individual legal goals and provide you with honest, practical legal advice every step of the way.
Contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys today to discuss your premises liability claim and schedule a complimentary consultation. We look forward to meeting with you and hearing your story.