In the world of personal injury law, premises liability is a subset often misunderstood – even by those who are seriously injured and may have a legitimate case. If you suffered an injury while on another’s property – whether owned by an individual, company, or government entity – you may be eligible to recover substantial financial compensation for things like medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, and much more through a premises liability civil lawsuit.
Let’s take a look at what premises liability law entails, the elements of a civil claim, and what legal recourse options are available to injured parties. The experienced and dedicated Long Beach premises liability lawyers at Dordulian Law Group are here to answer any questions you may have, and help you get back on your feet with a full recovery as soon as possible.
Premises liability law is often associated with slip and fall accidents. But a premises liability case can involve any instance where a property owner or manager failed to prevent an accident or incident from occurring. Premises liability law encompasses much more than just slip and fall claims. California law mandates that owners and management companies are responsible for multiple aspects of a property, including its safety. All properties must be kept in good condition to avoid accidents or injuries involving visitors, guests, residents, or workers.
Compensation for premises liability claims may be recovered after various scenarios, such as:
While injuries often occur due to a simple lack of maintenance or malfunction (i.e. an escalator or elevator fire) victims could also be attacked by a dog, assaulted by an intruder, or injured in a building collapse. Those responsible for a property must keep it secure, make it easy to escape during an emergency (i.e. a fire), and maintain equipment like escalators or elevators.
Moreover, a premises liability claim can be the result of a product manufacturer building a defective product, such as a stairwell or entrance ramp. Said manufacturer would then be responsible for any injuries sustained as a result of that product defect. In such situations, your Long Beach premises liability lawyers at Dordulian Law Group can file suit against these companies. In many cases, liability may lie with multiple parties, and the experienced DLG team will work to uncover evidence demonstrating the facts, including any responsibility by any party involved in an accident or incident.
An injured party has the right to sue following a premises liability accident that was the result of another’s negligence or ill will. Your DLG premises liability lawyer will need to demonstrate that a party (or multiple individuals/entities) was responsible for the accident or incident. This could be any number of responsible parties, such as the owner or manager of the facility, a landlord, or related entity.
It’s important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible following a premises liability accident to determine whether or not you have a valid claim. You will also want to receive an estimate for how much that claim might be worth in terms of a settlement or verdict. At DLG, we offer free consultations, and are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your claim.
Share as much information as you can with your lawyer during the consultation period, and allow them to investigate further if necessary. You may have pictures or videos taken at the scene of the accident, or have spoken to eyewitnesses. All of that is critical evidence that your attorney can use to help build a compelling and successful case.
Your attorney is tasked with proving that the responsible parties were “more likely than not” the cause of the incident. Unlike a criminal case, where the burden of proof must be demonstrated “beyond a reasonable doubt,” a civil claim has much lower conditions that must be met in order for the case to succeed. In civil cases, it must be proven that a duty of care was breached, and that breach led to your injury.
Accordingly, your DLG Long Beach premises liability lawyer will gather evidence demonstrating that the responsible party owed you a duty of care (i.e. to maintain a safe environment that would not cause accident or injury).
When a duty of care is violated, your attorney must provide supporting evidence, such as medical records or closed circuit security camera footage. Moreover, your attorney will need to prove that the duty of care the responsible property owner or equipment manufacturer owed you was violated on the date of the incident.
Again, medical records or bills from your injuries can help clearly demonstrate that you were injured on a specific date. A premises liability lawsuit aims to prove that the negligence or misconduct on the part of the at-fault party caused your injuries or losses.
At DLG, we have decades of experience helping premises liability victims prove their cases and recover maximum financial damages awards for resulting injuries and financial hardships. Don’t settle for an inexperienced firm that may put your claim in jeopardy or leave you with an insignificant financial damages award. Rely on the proven experts at DLG to handle such an important matter that can impact the rest of your life.
The amount of money recovered in a premises liability lawsuit is typically based on the strength of the evidence provided and the severity of the accident. Your Long Beach premises liability lawyer will use factors such as medical records, lost income, pain and suffering, and/or emotional turmoil to help calculate an overall estimate for how much your claim will likely be worth. These damages are quite common, but they will be considered according to your specific case and circumstances. In these types of cases, you are not necessarily suing for a “round number” that seems appropriate. Rather, you and your legal team will seek compensation that aligns specifically with your losses.
In certain scenarios, California law allows your lawyer to seek punitive damages that are not subject to state caps. Recovering punitive damages requires your lawyer to prove that the defendant knew his or her actions would cause the accident and acted maliciously.
At Dordulian Law Group, we recently recovered $3.25 million for a client who was initially offered pennies on the dollar for her catastrophic injuries sustained after a bench collapsed in a waiting area. Rather than settling for the initial $5,000 offered by the insurance company, we fought for her right to recover maximum compensation and ended up securing a multimillion dollar settlement that will ensure she is able to receive the continued medical care she needs and not be overwhelmed with mounting expenses and a diminished quality of life. This is just one of countless examples where DLG’s experienced premises liability attorneys have recovered multimillion dollar awards despite insurance companies or at-fault parties initially offering paltry four-figure settlements.
DLG also successfully handled a case involving a young man who was severely injured at a trampoline park. Our client was awarded compensation totaling $1.1 million for the premises owner’s negligence, as well as the defective products provided by the manufacturer. The at-fault parties had, once again, initially offered only a few thousand dollars for our client, despite sustaining severe and lifelong injuries.
If you’ve been injured in any type of accident, don’t be surprised if the insurance company or at-fault party involved attempts a lowball offer that will leave you with exorbitant expenses. Having a Dordulian Law Group premises liability lawyer on your side means you never have to worry about having your rights violated.
Premises liability cases fall under the personal injury laws of California. Currently, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit. The two-year statute of limitations applies to most personal injury claims in California, but there are some exceptions. In the case of a premises liability claim against a government agency, you must file within six months. To ensure you meet the deadline for filing a claim, contact a DLG attorney for a free consultation.
In the event of a tragic accident that results in a fatality, the surviving family may file a lawsuit alleging wrongful death. Wrongful death claims traditionally carry a two-year statute of limitations, beginning on the date of death.
It is advisable that you review your case with a Long Beach premises liability lawyer from DLG as soon as possible. For a wrongful death claim, an eligible family member such as a spouse, adult child, or other dependent should file the claim on behalf of the victim’s estate.
An insurance policy might help pay for some of the expenses incurred after this type of accident, but the insurance policy is likely not sufficient enough to meet the injured victim’s full needs. This is yet another reason why securing the representation of a qualified premises liability lawyer is so critical. Insurance companies typically make it difficult to file claims, and the carrier might only cover certain expenses or issue an outright denial. A civil lawsuit with DLG, however, is an opportunity to cover all the expenses you incurred after the incident.
The owner of the facility or property might come forward claiming that their insurance company can take care of everything. While this may be an enticing notion, it is not accurate. The property insurance used to protect the owner will not pay off your expenses in most cases. We advise our clients to forward letters, phone calls, or requests for meetings to our office so that we can review the involvement of anyone who wishes to offer quick cash to close a case.
Premises liability incidents in California occur almost every day, and they cover a wide range of issues – from assaults to slips and falls. Los Angeles County alone has a larger economy than most states in the union, and is a hub for shipping, distribution, manufacturing, and logistics. These various venues are common locations where premises liability accidents occur.
There may be confusion over who owns a property after an accident (or who is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep). Speaking with a Long Beach premises liability lawyer ensures that you have a clear understanding of who should be names in a lawsuit.
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Call Dordulian Law Group at 562-502-8822 or contact us online for assistance with premises liability accidents in the Long Beach area. A DLG Long Beach premises liability lawyer is available now for a free consultation, and can explain how your lawsuit should progress. You can reach out to our legal team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for assistance, or to request information, ask questions, and express any and all concerns.
At DLG, we never charge a penny until a maximum damages award has been successfully recovered on your behalf. You never have to worry about incurring unexpected fees or upfront costs because we believe all California premises liability victims deserve the best representation available.
We have successfully recovered over $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for injured victims like you, and we’re ready to fight on your behalf from day one.
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