Premises Liability


What You Need To Know

Every year, millions of people are injured in premises accidents. According to the National Safety Council, falls are the second leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities. In 2011, 8.9 million Americans visited the emergency room after being injured in a fall. Many of these injuries occurred due to negligence by premises owners and managers.

If you or a loved one has been injured while visiting another person’s home or business, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced premises accident lawyers at the McElfish Law Firm are here to analyze your case and determine whether you have a valid premises liability claim.

Whenever you enter another person’s property, you are entitled to a reasonable expectation that you won’t be injured while you’re there. Owners of premises in Southern California, including homes, restaurants, and shops, have an obligation to maintain their property in a way that is safe for visitors. If they fail to do so, the property owner may be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result.

To prove premises liability, you must show that the property was in a dangerous condition, the owner knew or should have known that it was dangerous, and the owner could reasonably have fixed the dangerous condition. Premises accidents can occur from any number of dangerous conditions, including:

  • Wet, slippery, or icy floors
  • Loose flooring or carpeting
  • Uneven surfaces, such as sidewalks
  • Loose electrical cords
  • Excessive debris or clutter

Premises owners who invite visitors onto their property have a duty to maintain the premises in a safe manner. Routine maintenance and prompt repairs are of utmost importance.

However, not all premises accidents are entirely the fault of the property owner. A visitor’s actions are also relevant to determining premises liability. Victims can play a role in causing accidents, through failure to observe warning signs, being distracted, or undertaking risky behavior.

If you are partially to blame for the accident, your recovery could be reduced by up to 50% under the concept of comparative negligence, depending on the circumstances of the incident. But even if you did contribute to your accident, you are not entirely out of luck. You may still be entitled to receive some amount of compensation for your injuries.

Recovery in premises accident cases may include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional and psychological suffering, among other things.

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Premises accidents are a serious matter that can lead to major injuries. At the McElfish Law Firm, we have successfully represented countless clients in premises liability cases, and are familiar with the procedures and protocols of this type of lawsuit. We’re here to guide you through the process and get you the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
Few personal injury firms can match the experience and proven results at trial of the McElfish Law Firm. Through our decades of experience, we have honed our litigation skills and strategies in service of obtaining maximum recoveries for our clients. If you think your or a loved one has a premises liability claim, contact us today to discuss your options.


Call our offices at (310) 659-4900, our 24-hour hotline at (800) 750-8946, or email us to set up a free consultation.


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