South Bay Premises Liability Attorney
About the Principle of Premises Liability
The courts in the South Bay area and throughout the rest of California recognize the right of an accident victim to sue the owner, occupier or renter of the property where the accident took place, under certain circumstances. If you believe that the harm that you or a loved one suffered was caused by the manner in which the other party managed his or her property, you may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim under the legal principle of premises liability.
Elements of a Premises Liability Claim in the South Bay
Premises liability is based on the idea that the property owner, or other person responsible for the property, has a duty to take reasonable precaution to ensure that the property is safe for guests, patrons or customers. In order to succeed in recovering monetary damages in a premises liability claim, it is necessary for you to be able to prove the elements of the case. These include:
- The defendant owned, leased, occupied or was in control of the property
- The defendant was negligent in the maintenance or use of the property
- You or your loved one suffered harm
- The accident was caused - or substantially contributed to - by the defendant's negligence
Premises Liability Claims in Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Torrance and El Segundo
Premises liability claims can arise in a wide variety of different scenarios. For example, a slip and fall accident may be attributed to the fact that a grocery store manager knew about a spill on the floor yet failed to have it cleaned up. In the same situation, the store may be liable for the accident based on the manager's failure to place a Wet Floor sign to warn customers of the risk of slipping and falling. Similarly, a pool owner may be responsible for a swimming pool accident based on a failure to install a four-sided fence with a self-latching gate to keep unsupervised children out.
A landlord may be liable for a dog bite when he or she has not evicted a tenant despite the fact that the tenant's dog has a known history of aggressive behavior. It is even possible under certain circumstances to file a premises liability claim against a landlord or hotel owner after a rape, assault or robbery which could have been prevented through proper security measures. If you believe that you may have grounds to sue under premises liability, contact us at Layfield & Wallace, APC for a free consultation. A South Bay personal injury attorney from our team can review your situation to determine whether you have a case, and can help you take immediate action towards recovering the compensation you deserve.