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Ventura Premises Liability Attorney

No one leaves home with the expectation of being injured while shopping, running errands, or attending appointments. But it happens frequently. A basic tenet of premises liability law holds that property owners are duty-bound to maintain their premises in such a way that visitors—customers, employees, clients, guests, vendors, and others—who enter the property are not unduly subjected to harm. If a property owner falls short of this duty, and you are injured as a result, you may have the basis for a premises liability claim.

The Ventura premises liability attorney with the Law Offices of John B. Richards has a long history of helping claimants seek the justice and compensation they deserve for their injuries. Reach out for assistance as soon as possible after your accident to get the ball rolling on your claim.

When is a Property Owner Negligent?

Owners of property, both private and public, have a duty to protect people from danger or harm when they enter the premises. If a property owner fails in this duty of care, then they are negligent and can be held accountable for ensuing injuries. Some examples of property owner negligence that can lead to premises liability claims include:

  • A store employee notices a spill but fails to clean it up, resulting in a slip-and-fall accident.
  • A homeowner knows that there are children in the neighborhood who can easily access the swimming pool in the homeowner’s backyard, but they fail to erect a fence, and a child drowns as a result.
  • Tenants repeatedly request improved lighting in a stairwell, but the landlord fails to address their concerns, and consequently, a tenant falls and sustains severe injuries.

Proving Negligence

The key to a successful premises liability claim is proving negligence. To do so, four elements must be established. If these elements are absent in a premises liability claim, then the claim is invalid. These elements are:

  1. Establishing that the property owner had a duty of care to the claimant. The claimant should not be a trespasser (except in limited circumstances).
  2. The property owner failed in upholding this standard duty of care.
  3. The negligence of the property owner caused the claimant’s injuries.
  4. The injuries caused by the negligence of the property owner caused actual physical, emotional/mental, and/or financial damages.

Compensation for Premises Liability Accident Claims

Premises liability accident claimants can receive a mix of compensation for their injuries. Financial injuries, including lost wages and medical expenses, are a basic part of a claim of this type. Pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of life enjoyment, and other non-economic damages may also be recoverable, depending on the specifics of your case.

Consult With Our Ventura Premises Liability Attorney

The weeks and months following a premises liability accident can be confusing and frustrating for the claimant. The Ventura premises liability attorney with the Law Offices of John B. Richards wants to help. Contact our team now for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 805-683-2736.

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