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Premises Liability

Chico Premises Liability Lawyer

Filing for Premises Liability Claims in Northern CA

Every personal injury case arises from an unfortunate incident where an innocent victim suffers injuries due to negligent, careless, or reckless actions, or the failure to take appropriate action, by another party. Premises liability cases are no exception to this. When a homeowner, business owner, or property manager neglects their responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe property, and a guest sustains injuries as a result, the responsible party can be held accountable for the victim's damages.

The Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley specializes in handling many premises liability cases that other firms may turn down. With our extensive expertise and knowledge in this field, we are well-prepared to protect your rights and pursue the best possible recovery on your behalf.

To schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team, please reach out to our Chico premises liability lawyers today at (530) 413-0245.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability refers to the legal concept that holds property owners or occupiers responsible for injuries or accidents that occur on their premises. It is based on the principle that property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn visitors or occupants of any known hazards.

Under premises liability law, if someone is injured or harmed while on someone else's property, they may be able to hold the property owner or occupier liable for their injuries. This applies to various types of properties, including private residences, commercial buildings, retail stores, restaurants, and public spaces.

Examples of Premises Liability Cases

Some common examples of premises liability cases include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Faulty staircases or elevators
  • Lack of proper security
  • Dog bites
  • Defective conditions
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Retail store accidents
  • Amusement park accidents

Proving Negligence in Premises Liability Claims

In order to successfully pursue a premises liability case, it must be proven that the property owner was negligent in maintaining safe conditions on their premises.

To prove negligence in premises liability claims in California, the injured party must establish several key elements:

  • Duty of Care: The injured party must demonstrate that the property owner or occupier owed them a duty of care. In California, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for visitors. The specific duty of care depends on the visitor's legal status, such as the invitee, licensee, or trespasser.

  • Breach of Duty: The injured party needs to show that the property owner or occupier breached their duty of care. This means they failed to meet the required standard of care in maintaining the premises. The breach could involve actions like failing to repair a hazardous condition, failing to provide warnings about a known danger, or failing to properly maintain the property.

  • Causation: The injured party must establish a causal connection between the breach of duty and their injuries. They need to demonstrate that the property owner's negligence directly caused or contributed to their harm. This requires showing that the injuries would not have occurred if the property owner had fulfilled their duty of care.

  • Damages: The injured party must provide evidence of actual damages or injuries resulting from the accident. This can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other related losses.

Compensation and Qualification for Claims

The potential for monetary compensation in a premises liability case is significant. In fact, numerous premises liability cases have resulted in verdicts or settlements exceeding $500,000. If you have sustained injuries due to an unsafe property, such as a slip and fall accident or any other type of accident, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation.

While each case has its unique aspects, many plaintiffs can seek damages for the following:

  • Loss of income or wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Future medical costs associated with the injury

Furthermore, if the property owner has demonstrated severe negligence in maintaining their premises or if the property is a business establishment with a responsibility to ensure a safe environment for the public, it may be possible to pursue punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded as a means of punishing the defendant by providing additional monetary compensation.

    How We Can Help

    At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, we have years of experience representing clients in premises liability cases. Our team of skilled Chico premises liability attorneys will work tirelessly to investigate your case, gather evidence, and build a strong argument for your right to compensation.

    We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a premises liability injury can take on you and your family. That's why we are committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

    Contact Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your options for pursuing a premises liability case.

    Why Choose Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley?

    • We Are Experienced

      We have handled almost every type of personal injury case and have recovered millions of dollars.

    • We Are Available 24/7

      We understand that accidents can happen at any time and we're here for you day and night.

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      We are focused on providing our clients an exceptional customer service and legal experience.

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