Injured in a Premises Liability Accident in Los Angeles?
Those who own, possess, or control commercial, residential, or public property in Los Angeles all have one thing in common: they are required to regularly inspect their property to search for hazardous features that can cause harm to guests, to promptly repair these hazardous features and warn guests in order to protect them from harm. Those who have been injured as a result of a premises liability accident in Los Angeles have the right to seek compensation through the courts.
When Should I Call a Premises Liability Attorney?
If you have suffered injuries as a result of an accident that was caused by a dangerous property feature, you should contact an experienced premises liability for a free case evaluation, so you can learn more about the process of obtaining compensation for the expenses and psychological impacts of your injury. You can also obtain answers to your legal questions and learn more about the services we can provide to assist you in your endeavor.
Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents
Premises liability is a type of personal injury claim in which a property owner or possessor fails to protect a guest on the property from injury by promptly repairing known hazards. Some common types of premises liability accidents include the following.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents are the most common premises liability claim, and they involve an individual slipping or tripping and falling due to property hazards such as:
- Loose floorboards, or worn or ripped flooring materials
- Clutter, liquid, or debris on the floor or on stairs
- Broken staircases or missing handrails
- Poor lighting
- Obstacles, such as electrical cords, extended across walkways
- Cracked pavement or potholes in parking lots
Swimming Pool Accidents
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in small children and a risk for anyone when there is a swimming pool around. Property owners with pools are required to enclose the pool to prevent small children from entering the pool unsupervised. Additionally, a lifeguard must be provided or guests must be told in advance that they are swimming at their own risk. Besides drowning, other common swimming pool accidents include:
- Slip and fall injuries resulting from the wet surface around the pool
- Electrocution from malfunctioning electrical parts to the pool, such as the heater or lights
- Disembowelment from the pool’s drain feature
Hotel owners or managers are responsible for ensuring that their properties are free of unreasonable risks to guests. Guests can become injured in a variety of ways in hotels, such as:
- Injuries resulting from broken furniture
- Injuries caused by fire
- Injuries caused by slip and falls, or issues with the hotel’s elevator or escalator
- Food poisoning from hotel food
- Swimming pool injuries
- Injuries arising from negligent security
Escalator issues are generally the result of defective maintenance. Common maintenance issues that can caused guests to become injured when using an escalator include:
- Missing teeth on the escalator track
- A gap between the steps and the sides that can cause foot entrapment
- Missing screws that can result in pieces coming loose from the apparatus while in use
- Broken or missing steps
Types of Injuries Resulting from Premises Liability Accidents
Premises liability accidents can result in some of the most life-altering, or even life-ending injuries possible. Here is a look at the injuries that are often suffered in this type of accident.
Nearly any type of premises liability accident can result in broken bones, but bone fractures are particularly common in slip and fall accidents. One of the most common — and serious — injuries to suffer in a slip and fall accident is a broken hip. Other bones that are commonly broken in this type of accident include the arms, elbows, and wrists, due to the body’s instinct to catch itself when falling.
Traumatic Brain Injury
The brain is responsible for controlling nearly all other functions of the body, but has only a limited ability to heal after injury. A traumatic injury is damage to the brain that results from a violent blow to the head or body. Because the brain does not easily heal from damage, this type of injury often results in permanent deficits, including loss of memory, difficulty controlling impulses and emotions, and inability to move the body in a balanced or coordinated manner.
Internal injuries can become serious very quickly, as they can result in a hemorrhage, which involves dangerous blood loss that can lead to organ failure. One common type of internal injury is a pneumothorax, which is a collapsed lung that often results from the organ being pierced by a broken rib.
Cuts and Lacerations
Cuts and lacerations pose a risk of complications, including infection or serious scarring. They can also result in damage to the nerves or can be deep enough to cause damage to soft tissues such as muscles or tendons.
Finding the Best Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney for You
Contact us for a free case evaluation to learn more about the services we can provide in order to assist you in seeking compensation for the expenses and impacts of injuries you sustained in a Los Angeles premises liability accident.