The Beverly Hills law firm of Levitt Leichenger & Aberle, Attorneys at Law, represents people in Los Angeles, Southern California, and statewide who have been injured on the premises of another's negligently-maintained property. Our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who have handled a wide variety of personal injury cases caused by negligence, including those based on theories of premises liability.
Property owners are responsible for accidents and injuries caused by unsafe conditions on their property. Slips, trips, and falls can cause serious personal injury, including broken bones; nerve damage; head, neck, and spine injuries; and disfiguring facial lacerations. Unsafe conditions can exist in any number of ways, but are often the result of temporary conditions or dangerous areas that are not adequately marked. Common situations leading to premises liability claims include:
- Icy sidewalks
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Bumps in carpets
- Poorly-marked steps, ramps, or slopes
- Stairways without adequate handrails
- Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
- Collapsing decks
- Unmarked repair or construction sites
- Exposed wiring
- Wet floors
A property owner, especially of a business open to the public, is required to make reasonable inspections of the property and correct any unsafe conditions that are not obvious, either by fixing the problem or by posting an adequate warning of the danger.
Common locations of premises liability accidents are grocery stores and restaurants, where food spills can create hazardous situations. Even if the spill was caused by a customer and not an employee, it is still the responsibility of the owner to clean up the spill in a reasonable time. A key question in these situations is the time which elapsed between the spill and the accident, and whether the problem should have been noticed and corrected by the store owner within that time.
Typically, store owners and their insurance companies will vigorously deny that the accident was their responsibility, or will dispute the extent of the injuries. Eyewitness and expert witness testimony are often critical to proving these types of cases. Just as important, it is essential to be represented by an experienced personal injury attorney who has successfully handled cases involving premises liability. The lawyers at Levitt Leichenger & Aberle, Attorneys at Law, have decades of experience obtaining favorable results for clients who have suffered a variety of injuries in many different situations. If you have been injured due to an unsafe condition on the property of another, call our office (323) 665-1101, or click here to find out how we can help.