Just because you were injured on someone else’s property does not automatically make you eligible to receive compensation, as discouraging as it may sound. Many people tend to assume that the property owner or occupier is automatically liable for their injuries due to the fact that the slip and fall or other premises liability accident occurred on their property.
Unfortunately, (or fortunately for property owners), it is not the case. Under California’s premises liability law, the property owner or occupier and his/her insurance company can either reduce the value of your personal injury claim to be paid or dismiss your claim altogether if they successfully mount of the following four premises liability defenses in California.
Even if they do raise any of the following defenses against you, you may be able to fight through their defense and recover the maximum amount by hiring a Los Angeles premises liability attorney from the Compass Law Group, P.C.
In a nutshell, in order to successfully recover damages in a slip and fall or other premises liability accident, you will have to prove all the elements of your claim (duty owed, breach of duty, causation, and damages). However, most property owners and occupiers, especially those representing a business, hire the best personal injury lawyers in California, and they will not give up so easily.
Under California’s law, a visitor is typically required to exercise the degree of care and prudence in the interest of his/her own safety that another person would exercise under similar circumstances. Therefore, visitors, customers, and shoppers in California are legally required to exercise reasonable care for their own safety, and the property owner or occupier expects their visitors to exercise that care.
When a premises liability claim is filed in Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, or elsewhere in California, insurance companies and their lawyers may attempt to raise any of the following four defenses to invalidate your claim or reduce the settlement amount:
Just because the insurance company or the property owner/occupier mounted a premises liability defense, it does not necessarily mean that you are doomed to lose your claim or recover less than you are entitled to. If you are represented by a Los Angeles premises liability attorney, you will most likely be able to fight that defense and recover the maximum amount. Contact the Compass Law Group, P.C., for a free case evaluation. Call at 800-602-4010 or fill out this contact form.
No matter who the opposing party is, they can’t outwork, outwit or outspend Compass Law Group, PC. We will do everything that is necessary to win the case, and we’re here to help victims fight back against those who injured them.