Did you suffer injuries on someone else’s property? Did the accident result from dangerous or hazardous conditions? If so, you should contact the Orange County premises liability lawyers of OnderLaw for help with your case. You might be entitled to compensation from the at-fault property owner if their actions contributed to your injury. You have a right to hold them liable for their wrongdoing and recover the money you’re owed so you can afford your medical treatment and other expenses.

Premises liability is the type of claim or case that results when a business owner or homeowner fails to maintain their properties to prevent guests from injuries. The dangerous conditions that lead to an injury could be due to a lack of repairs, building code violations, exposure to toxic chemicals, or obstructed walkways. If the owner was negligent in causing the accident, you could seek compensation from them in an insurance claim or lawsuit. If you don’t share any responsibility for what happened, you deserve the full and fair compensation possible.

The Orange County premises liability lawyers of OnderLaw are ready to represent you in your case. We will fight hard to protect your rights and seek the justice you deserve. You should not face a stressful, expensive, and overwhelming path to recovery when another person’s negligence puts you in this situation. For a free consultation, call us today.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Premises liability laws are complex and confusing, especially if this is the first time you’ve been involved in this type of case. You might not understand your rights or the process you need to follow to seek compensation from the property owner. You could miss a strict deadline or submit incomplete records that result in a delayed or denied claim.

At OnderLaw, we have a legal team that will dedicate the time and attention necessary to reach a favorable outcome for you. We know how to thoroughly investigate premises liability accidents and locate relevant evidence to prove who should be financially responsible for your doctor bills, prescription medications, and other costs.

Types of Accidents

At OnderLaw, we handle a broad range of cases involving injuries that occur on poorly maintained or unsafe properties. Multiple factors could contribute to an accident that causes injuries and even death. A premises liability accident could happen in any setting and on anyone’s property, including these locations:

  • Hotel
  • Public or private swimming pool
  • Apartment building
  • Shopping mall
  • Store
  • Public park
  • Office building
  • Amusement park
  • Sidewalk, driveway, or parking lot
  • Concert venue

The most common types of premises liability cases we take include:

  • Explosions and fires
  • Collapsed balconies
  • Slip/trip and falls
  • Malfunctioning escalators and elevators
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Dog bites
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Defective staircases
  • Ceiling collapse
  • Negligent security
  • Flooding
  • Construction accidents

The business owner and homeowner aren’t the only people that could be liable for an accident. For example, if you were at a restaurant and one of the wait staff spilled a drink but failed to mop it up promptly, and you slipped and injured yourself on the spill, they could be at fault for your injury. Maybe a maintenance worker in your apartment building didn’t replace a light bulb in the stairway, and you ended up falling down the stairs. They could be financially responsible for your resulting expenses.

The most common causes of premises liability accidents are:

  • Unstable displays, shelves, or furniture
  • Inexperienced or untrained security personnel
  • Inadequate lighting in dark areas of the property
  • Potholes
  • Steep or defective stairways
  • Loose mats, rugs, and carpeting
  • Exposed or faulty electrical wires
  • Uneven flooring transitions
  • Walkway obstructions
  • Missing railings
  • Lack of inspections, maintenance, and repairs
  • Missing or confusing warning signs
  • Wet floors
  • Safety and building code violations
  • Cracked sidewalks

If you were injured on residential or commercial property and believe the owner was at fault for the accident, you should contact OnderLaw immediately. We might be able to help by performing an investigation, determining liability, and obtaining evidence to prove what happened.

Common Injuries Suffered in Premises Liability Accidents

Injuries suffered in premises liability accidents can be minor and heal entirely in just a few weeks. Others can be severe and require months or years for the victim to recover. Some people become disabled and can no longer care for themselves. Others must struggle with emotional or psychological trauma long after their physical scars heal.

The most common injuries caused by premises liability accidents are:

  • Electrocution and electrical shock
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Impalement injuries
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Cancer or another illness from exposure to harmful chemicals and toxic fumes
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal damage
  • Psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Disfigurement
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue injuries

No matter how minimal your physical injury might be, you could still seek compensation to cover your medical treatment and additional losses. You should not be forced to pay out of pocket for any of your expenses if you weren’t at fault for the accident.

What Compensation Is Available?

When you’re in an accident, you might worry about the financial burden you face. Medical bills are expensive and can place you in crushing debt if you can’t afford to pay. You might also need time off from work to heal and can’t earn the wages you need to pay your daily living expenses. These and various other losses might be eligible for compensation in an insurance claim or lawsuit.

When you initiate a case against the liable party, some of the losses you might be able to seek money for include:

  • Personal property damage
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Physical impairment or disfigurement
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

If you were at a person’s private home, you could file an insurance claim for compensation for your losses. You can ask if they have homeowner’s insurance and review their policy for the available liability coverage and whether the accident qualifies.

You could also file an insurance claim if you were injured on commercial property. Many business owners purchase liability insurance to cover an accident victim’s losses on their property. If they have enough coverage to compensate you for the losses you suffered, you could file a liability insurance claim.

Some scenarios require pursuing a case against the government. If the entity’s employee caused the accident while performing their job duties, you could file a claim with the government’s liability insurance company.

Filing a lawsuit in California requires following a strict timeframe called a statute of limitations. If you want to hold the property owner or homeowner liable for your injuries, you must file your lawsuit before the two-year statute of limitations expires. That means you have to initiate your case within two years of the accident. The court will likely dismiss your case if two years pass and you try to file suit anyway.

What to Do After a Premises Liability Accident

Immediately following an accident, you should always seek treatment. You can go to a nearby hospital or visit your primary care physician, but you need to undergo an evaluation of your injury. If they recommend further treatment, follow their instructions. You should also continue attending all doctor’s appointments until you recover or the doctor releases you from care.

Hire an Orange County premises liability lawyer as well. You will need a knowledgeable and competent legal team on your side to guide you through the process and help you recover the monetary award you need so you’re not left with any expenses to pay.

Be sure to maintain all records associated with the accident. Forward any documentation you have to us for review. If you throw things away, you might unknowingly dispose of something that could have served as useful evidence in your case. Examples might include physician notes, billing statements, surgical reports, prescription medication receipts, travel expenses, and physical therapy records.

Why Choose OnderLaw?

Our hard-working and accomplished Orange County premises liability lawyers have earned and maintained a stellar reputation. We have received recognition from prestigious organizations, such as Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Our work ethic and case results have also earned us an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

We have been fighting for the rights of our clients since 2002. When you hire us, we will provide one-on-one attention from start to finish of your case, so you feel like a priority. We believe in advocating for accident victims and helping them move forward with the financial means necessary to heal. You can leave the complicated work to us and know that you’re in capable hands.

Contact Us

OnderLaw believes in holding people accountable for their actions. We want to secure the money owed to you by the negligent property owner to avoid unnecessary financial strain for you and your family.

You won’t have to pay any upfront fees or costs when you hire us. We take cases on contingency, so our clients aren’t forced to take on additional expenses. We won’t collect any legal fees until we recover compensation for you. If we lose your case, we will never charge you.

If another person’s negligence caused your injuries in a premises liability accident, contact OnderLaw for a free consultation with one of our Orange County premises liability lawyers.