If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to recover in a premises liability action, which often arises when a “slip-and-fall” occurs. Under California Civil Code 1717(a), every property owner must maintain their premises in a safe and secure condition, ensuring that either no dangers or hazards exist on the land or, alternatively, that visitors are adequately warned. Failure to comply with California law will subject the wrongful owner to claims for any injuries you sustain.
Premises liability actions apply most frequently to municipalities (cities, counties, and the like), business owners, and homeowners. Further, the most common type of premises liability case involves a “slip-and-fall” where an individual is injured when he or she slips and falls in a grocery store, shopping mall, airport, restaurant, nightclub/bar, sidewalk, escalator/elevator, and so forth. The bases for a “slip-and-fall” accident may be flawed construction design, slippery surfaces, technical issues with escalators/elevators, inadequate security or maintenance of property, inadequate lighting, and/or inadequate warnings.
Unfortunately, minors and the elderly are often the victims of slip-and-fall accidents because they do not receive necessary warnings to avoid dangers on at-risk property. However, all individuals, regardless of age, are at risk of dangerous and, possibly life-changing, slip-and-fall accidents.
So if you were the victim of a slip-and-fall accident, you may be entitled to recovery, and Katz Law encourages you to speak to one of our qualified premises liability attorneys to obtain prompt and effective relief. We are prepared to gather all evidence in furtherance of your case such as inspecting the scene of the accident, interviewing witnesses, locating footage from security cameras, analyzing prior accidents on the premises, and reviewing key property documents such as log books and maintenance records. Katz Law will also handle all negotiations with the insurance companies and, when necessary, file a lawsuit on your behalf.