Who Is Responsible If You Are Injured On Someone Else’s Property?

Blair NicoleStarred Page By Blair Nicole, 21st Feb 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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These are all someone else’s property and slip and falls rank among the most common causes of injury.

Who Is Responsible If You Are Injured On Someone Else’s Property?

Sustaining an injury on someone else’s property in California is often referred to as “premises liability.” Basically, you are hurt on their premises and that might include a home, condominium association or commercial property such as a workplace or retail store. These are all someone else’s property and slip and falls rank among the most common causes of injury.

Slip And Falls By The Numbers
Injuries caused by hard slip and fall impacts are so prevalent that statistics are recorded nationally. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks the number of injuries in the workforce. The agency reports that about 5 percent of all women are injured due to slipping and falls and 11 percent of all men. Yes, the workplace is generally someone else’s property. Other eye-opening data include the following.

- Approximately 8 million people are treated at emergency rooms.
- Approximately 5 percent of slip and falls result in bone fractures.
- Slip and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.
- One out of every three senior citizens suffers a slip and fall each year, according to the CDC.

With so many premises injuries occurring annually, it’s important to understand who is responsible and why.

Injuries On Commercial Property
Whether you are part of the workforce or shopping at a retail outlet, commercial property owners have a responsibility to maintain reasonably safe premises. If you are injured due to a wet floor, debris in a stairwell, faulty handrail or another safety-related issue, the business is likely to be at fault. Factors that go into making that determination may include whether the owner or manager knew about the hazard. Did they take corrective measures? Did the business provide adequate warning such as a slippery floor sign? These are issues to discuss with a California personal injury attorney if you suffer a loss.

Injuries At Someone Else’s Home
Being a guest or having lawful access to another person’s property raises the same basic standards that commercial property owners must meet. Property owners have a duty to maintain reasonably safe premises. Homeowners can be held responsible for a variety of avoidable hazards that include dangerous stairs, unsecured rugs, holes in the yard, and many others. It’s also important to keep in mind that property owners also have a responsibility to secure dogs and other pets that could bite or attack.

Injuries To Unwelcome Guests
Rarely are property owners held responsible for injured unwelcome guests such as trespassers. A property owners’ safe premises duty generally applies to those who they explicitly or implicitly invite. However, if a trespasser sustains an injury, there are some unique situations in which the property owner may be held liable.

For example, posting a No Trespassing sign may not be considered reasonable notice that a makeshift firing range is operating. A camouflaged animal trap might also make the property owner responsible for a trespasser’s injuries. Basically, the injuries would need to be the result of extraordinary circumstances.

Consult With A California Premises Lawyer
If you have sustained an injury on someone else’s property, the Johnson Attorneys Group fights to get everyday Californians the full, fair compensation you deserve. We charge no legal fees unless we win or settle your case and offer a free case evaluation. Contact one of our 12 convenient locations to schedule a consultation today.


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