Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises reasonably safe to prevent injuries and harm from individuals who are legally on their premises. When a building owner fails to do this, it can possibly lead to patrons suffering serious injuries. The owners can be held legally and financially responsible for any ensuing harm. This is known as premises liability.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a hazardous condition on another party’s premises, you should immediately consult an experienced premises liability attorney to help protect your legal rights and obtain the compensation that you deserve. The attorneys at the Nourmand Law Firm can help.Common Reasons For Unsafe Buildings
In order to hold the property owner or any other party liable for your injuries, you need to prove there was a defect or unreasonable risk of harm which caused your injuries. There are many reasons why building premises may be unsafe. Some of the common reasons include:
- Negligent design of the structure by the architect
- Use of untested, substandard or improper material to minimize costs
- Failure to remedy any defects or hazardous conditions
- Failure to provide reasonable notice of potential safety risks
Regardless of what caused the unsafe premises which ultimately resulted in your injuries, you should immediately consult with an experienced Los Angeles dangerous property lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation. Furthermore, since there is a time limit during which you can file a lawsuit, it is imperative that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident.How to Prove a Premises Liability Claim
At the Nourmand Law Firm, we know the complexities of premises liability claims and how difficult it can be to successfully litigate them. In order to successfully prove a claim and obtain the compensation that you deserve, the following elements must be proven:
- The owner was in possession of the premises at the time of the accident. All you or your attorney need to prove is that the owner was in control of the premises at which the incident occurred.
- You were allowed to be on the premises. If you did not have the lawful right to be on the property, you do not have a legal claim against the owner.
- The owner failed their duty to maintain the premises. This element is often the crux of a premises liability claim. You have to prove that the owner had a duty to maintain the property and failed to do such. There are three ways to prove this element: 1) the property owner should have known about a dangerous condition, because a ‘reasonable person’ would have known about it and fixed it; 2) the property owner knew about the problem and did nothing about it; 3) the property owner caused the dangerous condition and did nothing about it.
If you or a loved one believes you have a premises liability claim, the Los Angeles dangerous property attorneys at the Nourmand Law Firm can help. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys at Nourmand Law Firm, please call us at (310) 553-3600 or contact us online.