If you are injured on someone else’s property you may hold them liable for your injuries. In order to do so, you must be able to prove that the accident was caused directly by the property’s owner inability to maintain safe premises for customers.
These types of accidents can take place in commercial buildings like stores, or offices but also in public places like parks or on a private property. One of our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can help you prove liability in premises accident cases.
The elements of liability in premises accident cases
In order to prove a premises accident and the fact that its occurrence is to blame for the injuries, the plaintiff must show that three elements or conditions are met:
- the duty of care: the owner of the commercial or personal premises had a duty of care – this means that he should have maintained the premises and reduce hazardous conditions;
- the breach of the duty of care: after showing that the owner should have cared for that space, the plaintiff needs to show that the owner willfully neglected these duties that could have prevented the hazardous situation;
- the accident caused the injuries: the plaintiff needs to show that his injuries were expressly caused by the premises accident; this can be done with the help of medical reports, eyewitness reports, video footage, etc.
These three criteria are very important in proving liability. However, apart from these, the plaintiff should be able to show that he was not reckless and/or that he was using the space for its designated purpose.
A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you gather evidence and prove liability in these cases.
We invite you to watch the following video on proving liability for premises accidents:
Compensations for premises accidents
The types of compensations generally awarded in premises accidents include those monetary compensations for the medical expenses needed after the accident but also for the future medical care that may be needed. Also, the plaintiff may claim monetary compensation for property damage.