Santa Clarita Premises Liability Lawyers
Injured on Someone’s Property? We Can Help.
When you are injured on someone else’s property because of poor property maintenance or a dangerous condition, you could have legal grounds to seek compensation for your medical bills and other damages under California premises liability. Property owners, whether business owners or private homeowners, have a responsibility to keep their spaces reasonably safe for others; when they fail to remove, repair, or warn of hazards that could cause foreseeable harm, they can be held accountable.
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we offer professional legal services to those who have been injured as a result of slip and fall accidents and other situations involving premises liability in California. Our Santa Clarita premises liability attorneys work diligently to investigate the causes of our clients’ injuries and to build strong cases for them in order to maximize their recoveries. We are available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have during a free initial consultation.
Understanding California Premises Liability Law
When it comes to premises liability in Santa Clarita, you are guaranteed a basic standard of care when you step on someone else’s property. The standard of care a property owner owes you depends on your status as a visitor to the property.
California law recognizes three visitor statuses:
- Invitee: An invitee is someone who is implicitly invited to a property for business purposes and to the economic benefit of the property owner. For example, a customer at a store is an invitee. Property owners owe invitees the greatest duty of care.
- Licensee: A licensee is also known as a social guest; it is someone who lawfully enters private property for the mutual benefit of the property owner and the guest. A friend who comes over to your house is a licensee.
- Trespasser: A trespasser is someone who is not allowed legally entitled to be on the premises, usually private property. Property owners owe trespassers the least duty of care, but they are still responsible for property conditions that could cause foreseeable harm, even to trespassers.
What Is a Dangerous Condition?
To be successful, a premises liability case must prove that the property was hazardous or contained a dangerous condition and that the injury was a result of the hazard. But what is a “dangerous condition?” Essentially, any hazard that poses a risk of foreseeable harm to others, meaning the property owner or anyone else could reasonably see that the hazard might hurt someone, is considered a “dangerous condition.” Property owners are responsible for properly removing, repairing, or warning others of such conditions.
Examples of common dangerous property conditions include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Cracked or crumbling steps/stairs
- Cluttered walkways
- Lack of handrails
- Insufficient lighting
- Negligent security
- Improper signage
- Defective sidewalks
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Loose animals
- Dangerous swimming pools
- Uneven flooring
- Inadequate fire safety
- Building code violations
- Overgrown vegetation that poses a tripping hazard
This is not an exhaustive list; many other hazards exist, and all can lead to devastating accidents and life-altering injuries.
Representing Victims of Serious Injuries
Unsafe property conditions can lead to catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Sprains and strains
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Soft tissue damage
At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, our Santa Clarita premises liability lawyers know the immense impact these and other injuries can have on your life. Our goal is to help you secure maximum compensation for your current and future medical bills and lost wages, as well as for your ongoing pain and suffering. We want to help you get back on your feet.
Put a Powerful Legal Team on Your Side
Ultimately, these types of cases require thorough investigation and a strong understanding of premises liability law. The Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson can help you.
We serve clients in Santa Clarita, Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Fillmore, the San Fernando Valley, and the Greater Los Angeles Area. Our team provides services in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Tagalog, and we offer contingency fees, meaning you do not pay us anything unless we recover compensation for you.