Premises Liability

Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorneys

In California, Property Owners Have a Duty to Guests

A person slips over a spilled substance in a grocery store and injures his back. The injured person would probably call it a slip and fall accident. A lawyer would call it a premises liability case.

Under California general negligence law, property owners have a duty to people who come onto their property as a client, consumer, patron or guest. That duty is to make sure that you are protected from known and unknown dangers on the property.

A known danger is a property condition the owner knew about, such as a pothole in a parking lot or a missing handrail on a stairway. An unknown danger is something that the property owner may not know about such as liquid spilled on a floor. With unknown dangers, there is a legal distinction between whether the danger is obvious or not obvious to the guest. Spilled water next to a swimming pool is obvious. Spilled water in a hotel lobby is not.

When an owner fails to take reasonable steps to prevent, warn or correct a dangerous property condition, and a guest is injured as a result, the injured party is entitled to compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, future care costs, loss of consortium and other losses.

At the law firm of Mathew & George, our lawyers handle a wide range of premises liability cases, including those occurring at:

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