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Premises Liability Lawyers

Were you hurt as a result of a property owner's negligence?
We know how to win premises liability claims and secure you a financial settlement.

Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorneys

Premises liability is an area of law that covers accidents or injuries on public or private property. People who are injured due to the negligence of businesses, property owners, schools, hospitals, or government agencies may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, time away from work, and pain and suffering. To successfully recover money in a premises liability claim, an accident victim must prove that the owner of the property knew about the dangerous condition (or reasonably should have known). For example, a business owner should know that failing to address a liquid spill on the floor of a shopping aisle could cause someone to slip and fall, and potentially result in a serious injury. In another scenario, a property owner should know that failing to place proper lighting in a stairwell that is accessible at night could create an unsafe condition which could cause someone to fall down the stairs.

Regardless of the specific circumstances of your accident, if it took place on someone else’s property, contact an experienced Dordulian Law Group premises liability attorney in Los Angeles as soon as possible. Dordulian Law Group has represented people from all walks of life who, through no fault of their own, were seriously injured because of a preventable maintenance or security issue that was ultimately ignored by an owner or building management group. Following a serious injury, we can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation. To learn more about your rights and recover money for your injuries in a personal injury claim, call us for a free consultation at 800-880-7777 to speak with a Los Angeles premises liability attorney at Dordulian Law Group.

Types of Premises Liability Accidents

Below are some common types of premises liability claims we handle:

  • Accidents at schools: Public and private schools operate in the same way as home or business owners when it comes to maintaining a property. When children are injured due to a dangerous condition on a school property, defective playground equipment, or negligent supervision of teachers or others during recess, the institution may be liable. Lawsuits brought against a public school district may have strict timelines and procedural hurdles due to the defendant being a public agency. If you are considering bringing a lawsuit against a school, it is best to speak with a DLG attorney as soon as possible. If the accident occurred at a public school, the standard two-year statute of limitations to bring a claim may be a much shorter window.
  • Airbnb accidents: Short-term vacation rentals are still relatively new, but in the last decade many injuries and deaths have occurred due to falls, carbon monoxide poisoning, and fires. In 2019, when five people in California were killed in a shooting at a Halloween party, Airbnb officially banned open invite party houses. If you were injured or a loved one was killed at an Airbnb rental, you may have a valid compensation claim against the property owner or Airbnb. Airbnb offers host protection insurance up to $1 million for injuries.
  • Balcony accidents: When balconies or decks are improperly installed or maintained they can cause serious harm. Deck builders recommend an annual inspection for any unit over ten years old, but property owners do not always maintain this guideline. There have been many tragedies over the years, often involving large gatherings or parties. A June 2003 balcony collapse that killed 13 people and injured 57 brought national attention to deck safety issues. Injuries from balcony and roof collapses can be catastrophic and permanently disabling.
  • Condominium accidents: If an accident occurs in the common area of a homeowners association, the association may be liable. Liability for an accident in a condo complex will depend on several factors, including where the accident occurred, and how claims are handled per CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) or bylaws.
  • Escalator accidents: Escalators move people in department stores, office buildings, shopping malls, and airports. Injuries from escalator accidents can include lacerations, amputations, fractures, and soft-tissue injuries. If the property owner failed to maintain the escalator according to code and did not warn customers of any dangerous conditions, they may be liable for injuries.
  • Falling merchandise: Improperly stored or placed objects can fall in big box stores, home improvement stores, and warehouse stores, causing major injury. Objects falling from a significant height can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, neck injury, or back injury. When a falling object lands with such force that it causes someone to collapse on the ground, the individual is also vulnerable to wrist, arm, and hip fractures.
  • Fires on property: If a fire is caused by a natural gas leak, malfunctioning outlet, or faulty electrical wiring, the property owner may be liable for fire-related injuries or any injuries sustained in instances where jumping from a burning building was necessary.
  • Gas station/convenience store accidents: Gas stations pose significant hazards with large amounts of flammable gasoline and diesel, and a constant flow of people and cars traveling in different directions. If a gas station fails to maintain a safe environment, they may be liable for resulting injuries.
  • Grocery store accidents: Grocery stores and supermarkets are frequent locations for liquid spills. Some spills, such as liquid laundry detergent or vegetable oil, may be challenging to clean up and could leave a surface slippery for an extended period of time. A grocery store has a duty to inspect premises for spills, promptly clean up a spill, and warn others of hazards. Whether or not liability exists for a slip and fall accident will depend on whether the store knew about the hazard and had a reasonable opportunity to clean it properly. Grocery stores may keep inspection logs showing a clerk inspected the floor every 30 minutes for spills and hazards.
  • Gym/fitness center accidents: You may be liable for your own errors or carelessness at a gym, but you are never responsible for the gym’s negligence. Even if you sign a liability waiver, that document cannot protect a gym owner from acts of gross negligence. If you are seriously injured at a gym, a DLG premises liability lawyer can determine if you have a valid claim. You may also have a product liability claim against an equipment manufacturer if their negligence caused your injuries.
  • Hotel/resort accidents: When hotel chains or resorts are negligent in building or maintaining properties, they may be liable for any resulting injuries or fatalities. The deadliest structural collapse in U.S. history occurred at a Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City in July 1981, when a walkway collapsed, killing 114 people and injuring 216. More than 300 civil lawsuits were filed in the months following the disaster. If a hotel or resort’s negligence led to your injuries or loved one’s death, you may have a valid compensation claim. Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, and Wyndham chains have paid out millions in settlements for premises liability claims related to incidents such as swimming pool electrocutions, slip and fall accidents, walkway collapses, and dangerous conditions.
  • Negligent security: A negligent security claim is a type of premises liability suit where a person is injured or harmed due to the acts of a third party. A negligent security claim could be brought after a shooting, robbery, rape, or assault. A claim may be brought even if the perpetrator is not prosecuted or apprehended.
  • Slip and fall accidents: A slip and fall accident is the most common type of premises liability claim. Simply stated, if the property owner was aware of a dangerous condition (or reasonably should have been aware), they may be liable for your injuries.
  • Swimming pool accidents: Swimming pool accidents can include drownings, near-drownings, wet deck slip and falls, diving accidents, and pool chemical injuries. You may have a case against the pool owner, community association, or other entity responsible for maintaining the pool if they failed to supervise the environment or did not take reasonable measures to keep it safe (i.e. installing a fence, gate, or warning signs).
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Gwendolyn Harris vs Freeman Med. Towers, Inc., A Corporation, ET AL.

Premises Liability

Ms. Harris was involved in a fall that left her seriously injured. The property company attempted to settle the matter for a few thousand dollars, but we refused to allow them to skirt their responsibility. In the end, we were able to secure a settlement for her in the amount of $3.25 million.

Insurance Offer

$5,000

What We Got

$3.25 Million

FAQ: What Should I Do Following A Premises Liability Accident?

Receiving prompt medical attention should be your number one priority following a serious accident. Do not decline medical treatment, as seeing a doctor is essential documentation that can help verify your injuries in a premises liability suit. If the emergency room doctor prescribes a follow-up visit with a specialist or therapist, be sure to proceed accordingly with all recommendations.

If possible, take photos or video clips of the accident location, and any hazards or dangerous conditions contributing to your fall or injuries. If you are unable to take pictures, ask someone to do so on your behalf as soon as possible. Stores and property owners may be quick to clean up or repair a dangerous condition, making it challenging to prove a hazard was present.
Once your medical needs have been met, do not delay in contacting a skilled Dordulian Law Group Los Angeles premises liability lawyer. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can analyze and preserve evidence of your accident (and any other accidents that may have occurred at the same location) which can be helpful in building your case and negotiating the maximum compensation you deserve. At DLG, we have handled claims against individuals, property owners, business owners, franchisees, government entities, and public agencies. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact of a serious injury, and the complex and challenging aspects of premises liability litigation.

FAQ: Who Is Responsible For A Premises Liability Accident?

A common question about premises liability claims is whether the property owner or business owner is automatically responsible for an accident. Liability is not automatic. The property owner must take reasonable care to keep a property safe. If the owners are aware of a dangerous condition and refuse to do anything about it, they may be liable for injuries and related damages. Unless you are an attorney, it can be difficult to determine if you have a valid claim. Rather than simply assuming you don’t have a case, it’s best to speak with a DLG lawyer who can review all the relevant facts.

FAQ: If I’m Injured at Work, Do I Have a Premises Liability Claim?

Possibly. Slip and fall accidents at work continue to be the number one reason employees require time off work. When you are injured at work, the primary means of compensation for your injuries is the workers’ compensation system, which was specifically designed to shield employers from being sued when their employees sustained injuries on the job. However, there are some instances where you could pursue a premises liability claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. For example, if your job involves traveling to various locations in the field and you are injured due to a dangerous condition at a particular site, you may have a claim.

Why Choose DLG for Your Premises Liability Claim?

Results matter. When you are seriously injured, the outcome of your personal injury claim will directly impact your quality of life. A personal injury settlement for a premises liability claim can include financial compensation for medical expenses related to your accident, lost wages, and pain and suffering. While compensation is designed to make you “whole,” receiving fair settlement is not automatic and requires a dedicated, top-rated, and experienced Dordulian Law Group premises liability attorney.

Businesses, insurance companies, and their defense counsels will do everything in their power to minimize the value of a claim and pay you as little as possible. DLG’s premises liability attorney team is experienced in proven strategies to counter these standard “delay, deny, and defend” tactics, and we aggressively prepare all personal injury claims for trial. We have a renowned reputation as fierce negotiators and skilled litigators for our injured clients. Our case results and testimonials are a testament to our legal prowess and dedication to our clients.

An example of a recent Dordulian Law Group premises liability success case involved a $3.25 million settlement for a client who experienced a spinal cord injury. The insurance company initially offered $5,000, but the DLG premises liability team refused to accept such an unjust figure. Samuel Dordulian and his team fought hard for a maximum damages award, and what may have otherwise resulted in a $5,000 settlement with a different firm ultimately increased to a $3.25 million settlement because the client chose Dordulian Law Group.

Never A Fee Unless We Win

At Dordulian Law Group, we work on a contingency fee basis, which allows our clients to focus on their recovery without having to pay out of pocket for our expert legal services. We are only paid when a settlement or verdict is recovered on your behalf. If we don’t win, you pay nothing. This levels the playing field for accident victims and allows you to choose the best and most qualified attorney to represent you. We have recovered over $100 million for our clients and will fight to ensure you receive the maximum damages awards for your premises liability case.

Top 20 Premises Liability Verdicts in California in 2019

Dordulian Law Group Recognized for Securing One of the Top 20 Premises Liability Verdicts in California (2019).

Get A Free Initial Consultation For Your Los Angeles Premises Liability Claim

DLG handles all types of premises liability injury claims. We know how the negligence of a property owner – whether an individual, corporation, or government entity – can cause serious injury, permanent disability, and even death. When you choose DLG, you can be confident knowing someone will always be available to discuss your case. We offer a free, no obligation consultation to answer your questions and explain your legal rights and options.

Call us at 800-880-7777 or contact us online for a free consultation today.

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Premises Liability Attorney Fees

Worried that you can’t afford high quality representation in your premises liability case? Let us put you at ease: we’re willing to take your case on a contingency basis, meaning that you don’t owe us a cent unless we are able to secure you a financial settlement. We’re confident in our ability to aggressively win the cases we take, and that philosophy is baked into our contingency fee structure. We think that justice should be in reach of every citizen, regardless of their ability to pay up-front.

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