You are living the good life in Oxnard until one day you are injured on someone’s property. Whether your accident happened in a store or other type of business, a private home, an apartment complex, a park, or a government building, you may have a legitimate reason to file a premises liability claim. In California, anyone who fails to properly manage and/or maintain their property may be negligent if their failure caused an injury to another individual. That negligence could result in compensation for you when you need it the most.

If you believe that you or someone close to you was injured on someone else’s property in Oxnard due to negligence, contact one of our lawyers now. In California, the deadline for filing a claim is two years. However, if your injury occurred on government property, six months is the limit. If you fail to file a lawsuit before the two years or six months elapse, your case may be dismissed. Should that occur, you’ll have lost the opportunity to pursue compensation through the court system.

The best way to find out if you have a legitimate premises liability claim is to discuss the incident with an experienced lawyer from OnderLaw. You pay no up-front costs. Our legal team gets compensated when you do. Medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, long-term care, or, sadly, the death of a family member are some of the reasons why you deserve to obtain compensation from the negligent party. You have everything to gain by calling now, or you can contact us online. A member of our legal team will respond promptly.

It is never a good idea to deal with the property owner’s insurer yourself to try to get the money you need to return to your daily routine.  Insurers have their clients’ bottom line to protect and may use a variety of tactics to reduce or deny your claim altogether. You need a good team of lawyers on your side. OnderLaw will go to work for you. We will handle all communications with the insurance company, so you don’t have to.

Contact us now, and our legal team will begin collecting the details of your accident. We will investigate to determine whether negligence on the property owner/manager’s part caused your injury.

Property Owner’s/Manager’s Responsibility

In California, those who own and/or manage a property are tasked with keeping anyone who visits the property safe from injury. This concept is often referred to as duty of care. But what exactly does that mean, and how does that term relate to your injury? Here are three examples of what could cause injury when the duty of care is not met.

You are at a local supermarket, and you slip and fall on liquid dish detergent that someone spilled. No one cleaned up the spill or placed a caution sign or cone by the spillage. As a result, you end up with a broken leg or back injury. Who is responsible? The owner and/or manager of the store could be found negligent for not taking reasonable safety precautions.

Or you are out for a walk, and someone’s dog leaps a fence and bites your arm, breaking the skin. It could be determined that the dog’s owner did not take the necessary measures to keep their pet secured on the property.

Perhaps you are walking down the hallway of your local courthouse, and you stumble and fall on some boxes cluttering the walkway. Your injury is a dislocated knee. The manager of that building may be liable for your accident-related expenses.

These are just a few of the premises liability accidents that could keep you out of work and scrambling to pay medical expenses. If our legal team finds that negligence is the cause of your injury, you could be compensated by the negligent party for the damages.

Call to access the services of the experienced premises liability lawyers at OnderLaw. They know California’s liability laws inside and out and would be happy to discuss your case with you today.

Places Where Premises Liability Claims Could Arise

The types of properties where injuries leading to premises liability claims can occur are practically endless. An experienced lawyer may determine that a landlord and/or property manager was negligent. Let’s say you slipped, fell, and fractured your arm while walking in the icy parking lot of your local mall. The landlord and manager of the mall could be liable for not adequately removing the snow and ice, which resulted in slippery conditions.

Or you are at an amusement park, and your child tumbles out of a bumper car and suffers a concussion. Negligence may be at fault if the bumper car did not have a properly functioning restraint. Perhaps you live near a pet food factory, and you develop respiratory problems. Your condition could be traced to inhaling the foul air escaping from the plant’s exhaust system. Again, management may be negligent for not maintaining effective ventilation.

Here are some common places where injuries due to negligence can occur:

  • Apartments, businesses, and government buildings and grounds
  • Public sidewalks
  • Stairways
  • Private residences
  • Retail stores and restaurants
  • Drive-throughs (at any commercial business)
  • Schools, colleges, clinics, churches, libraries, museums, and hospitals
  • Walkways, inside and outside of shopping malls
  • Parking lots, both public and private
  • Construction sites
  • Theaters
  • Public parks
  • Amusement parks
  • Swimming pools, beaches
  • Airports, bus and train terminals
  • Government buildings
  • Buses, taxis, and ride services

Types of Premises Liability Accidents

What kind of accident caused you or a family member to suffer an injury? Were you riding on a defective department store elevator that landed hard, resulting in a compression fracture to your spine? Maybe you were in the lobby of a theater, and a thief snatched your backpack, causing you to fall and break your arm. Or you rode your bicycle on an uneven sidewalk in front of a neighbor’s house. You pitched forward over the handlebars and scraped your legs and arms. These are just some of the injuries that may qualify for a premises liability claim.

The most common types of premises liability accidents are:

  • Falls due to Inadequate maintenance inside and outside of businesses, homes, apartment buildings, and public places. This includes hallways, walkways, steps, railings, sidewalks, and parking lots.
  • Fractures and sprains to joints and damage to soft tissue due to poorly maintained elevators and escalators
  • Fractures, sprains, concussion, and soft tissue damage caused by defective amusement park rides
  • Food poisoning due to unsanitary conditions in restaurants
  • Animal bites that break or bruise and skin
  • Slip and fall injuries due to standing water and unattended spills
  • Inadequate security leading to attack, injury, or trauma
  • Burns or smoke inhalation caused by a lack of safety precautions
  • Respiratory illness due to poor ventilation, harmful fumes, or mold build-up
  • Drowning because of inattentive safety personnel

Compensation for Injuries on Private, Public, or Commercial Property

As every accident is different, we can’t provide a specific value for your claim until we’ve examined all your documentation, learned about how the situation took place, and made an assessment of all your losses, or damages. When you’re injured in California due to someone else’s fault and that injury results in losses to you, the at-fault party is responsible for compensating you for what you’ve lost. That compensation can be broken into categories.

Economic damages are costs that have a specific monetary value attached. You may be eligible for compensation for these damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Lost opportunity

Expenses that come with receipts are not the only losses associated with accidental injuries. There are also the intangible costs, those that are mental, physical, and emotional, rather than just dollars and cents. You may be eligible for compensation for these noneconomic damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Disfigurement

In California, there is also the possibility of an award of exemplary damages. An award of this sort can only be made by a judge or a jury, and only in cases where there is clear and convincing evidence that the negligent party acted with malice or that they intended to defraud or oppress you. Check with your attorney to determine whether exemplary damages are a possibility in your case.

Contact OnderLaw Today

You may still be in the hospital or recovering at home due to your injury. No doubt you want to get back to your daily routine, but that is not possible right now. Medical expenses have begun to add up. If you have had to stop working, you likely have less money coming in for household expenses. Hiring someone to attend to household chores may now be necessary. You should not have to worry about paying the bills that resulted from your injury.

If you knew that a highly experienced and successful legal firm like OnderLaw was working hard to build a successful premises liability case for you, wouldn’t you worry less? Our lawyers’ impressive track record of winning just settlements is beyond compare. More than $3 billion dollars has gone to our clients for personal liability claims, including premises liability cases much like yours.

You can call us right now or contact us online to get started. OnderLaw is here to help you win just compensation for your injury, pain, and suffering. Get the help you need. Call now.