Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney
Santa Monica premises liability attorney David Olan handles numerous lawsuits for people who have suffered a serious personal injury on someone else’s property. These types of lawsuits are called premises liability lawsuits. They typically are a lawsuit brought against the owner, renter, and/or manager of a property. These may be an individual, a company or corporation, or a governmental entity.
Types of premises liability lawsuits often result from:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Inadequate Security
- Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
- Assaults and Battery
- Hazards Left Out
Owners – and Sometimes Renters – are Responsible for Your Safety
Under California law property owners and renters must keep their property free from hazards and unsafe conditions. The law recognizes that hazards happen. But if they do happen — resulting in an unsafe condition — then it is the owner’s or renter’s duty to warn you about the dangers on their property. This is true even if you are a trespasser on the property or merely “passing through.”
Children are a special case under premises liability law. Sometimes, children are attracted to dangerous things because they look like fun, such as a swimming pool, an abandoned refrigerator, a rotted tree, or a pile of tires, rocks, or junk. In these cases, a property owner must do more than just warn your children — even if your children are trespassing. Sometimes they must make the danger inaccessible to the children — such as fencing a swimming pool — or actually get rid of the danger — like an old refrigerator.
Liability Beyond the Property Owner
Sometimes people other than the property owner may share in the responsibility for keeping the property safe. These people could include a tenant, a contractor, or a property manager.
California has a comparative negligence law. This means that the court decides what percentage of blame is shared by all those who could be liable for your serious personal injuries or for a family member’s wrongful death. Even if you are partially responsible for your accident on someone else’s premises, you can usually still recover for your injuries because of this law.
For example, let’s say you were talking on the phone and slipped, breaking your arm, on the building’s outside stairs. The court could find you 10% liable for the accident and the property manager 90% responsible for the accident. This means if Santa Monica premises liability attorney David Olan obtained a $100,000 verdict for you, the property manager would actually be responsible for compensating you $90,000.
Determining Who Is Responsible
Liability in premises liability lawsuits can be complicated. Santa Monica premises liability attorney David Olan is a seasoned premises liability attorney who knows the law and who can best represent you.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Damages you may be able to recover compensation for in a premises liability lawsuit, include:
- Physical Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of a Loved One who is killed or disabled
- Medical Costs
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Future Earning Capacity
- Damage to Physical Property
- Punitive Damages (sometimes)
The Cost of a Premises Liability Lawyer
In most situations, Santa Monica premises liability attorney takes cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
If you are unable to afford medical care for your injuries, Santa Monica premises liability attorney David Olan can refer you to quality medical providers. These physicians agree to treat you and to delay payment until your case is resolved.
Time Limits to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit
It is important to contact Santa Monica premises liability attorney David Olan as soon as you are medically able. There are statutes of limitation (deadlines) by which you must file your lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, then you are giving up your rights to ever file a premises liability lawsuit for the damages or losses you suffered.
The sooner you Santa Monica premises liability attorney David Olan, the better it is for your case. He will investigate the facts of the case, determining all who are responsible for your injuries. David Olan will investigate the scene and obtain evidence before it can be destroyed. He will interview witnesses before their memories of the accident fade. Your premises liability attorney also will obtain your records to ensure that evidence in your premises liability lawsuit is not lost.
Contact a Premises Liability Attorney
Contact Santa Monica premises liability attorney David Olan at Olan Law for a free, no-obligation consultation today.