Owning property in California requires maintaining safe premises for people who enter the property—including visitors and guests. Legally defined as a “duty of care,” this requirement forms the basis for premises liability law and it applies to all property owners, including owners of private, public, and municipal properties. If you are injured on property belonging to someone else, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim.
At the Law Offices of John B. Richards, our Santa Maria premises liability attorney is ready to help you hold the negligent property owner in your case responsible for your damages. We can help if you are an employee, customer, guest, client, tenant, or another injured party.
While it is true that all property owners owe the standard duty of care to people who enter their properties, the scope of care owed varies and is dependent upon specific circumstances. For instance, the owner of a grocery store usually owes a greater duty of care to shoppers than a residential homeowner owes to a friend who attends a backyard barbecue. The owner of a store should make sure that routine maintenance is undertaken to prevent shoppers from being harmed due to unsafe conditions. Alternately, the property owner should make sure that such duties are carried out by a designated employee acting in their stead. Any deviation from this standard duty of care can leave the property owner open to liability and premises liability claims that result.
In order to successfully win a premises liability claim, the plaintiff and their attorney must prove that four elements existed at the time of the accident:
At the Law Offices of John B. Richards, our Santa Maria premises liability attorney has the experience and knowledge to help you successfully file your claim. Reach out to us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 805-683-2736.