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Visitors, guests, and patrons have the right to expect reasonable protection from preventable hazards whenever on someone else’s property. This is the basic groundwork of California’s premises liability laws and enabled the wrongfully injured to pursue compensation. San Francisco personal injury Attorney Che L. Hashim of The Law Office of Che L. Hashim can be the legal professional who fights for your rights after you get hurt or slip and fall on property you did not control.

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Types of Premises Liability Claims

Property controllers and owners have many responsibilities when it comes to clearing away hazards in a reasonable amount of times. In effect, any sort of danger present on the property could become the owner’s problem, and a source of liability if someone gets hurt. San Francisco premises liability Attorney Hashim can manage any sort of claim on your behalf, always looking for intelligent ways to improve your claim and maximize compensation.

Different types of premises liability claims include:

  • Slip and fall: It may not be a surprise that the most common type of premises liability claims are slip and fall accidents. Property controllers must be careful to clean up spills, remove clutter and debris, install handrails near steps, and so on to prevent guests from slipping or tripping.
  • Hazardous materials: Keeping any property clean is made easier with strong industrial materials, but this also creates a significant hazard if those same materials are not stored properly. Retail locations in particular are likely to keep hazardous material within reach of patrons.
  • Negligent security: Locations that are in known high-crime areas or that could attract the unsavory actions of criminals, such as a bank or 24-hour convenience store, may be required by California premises liability laws to hire security details to protect visitors, residents, or employees from assault, theft, and intimidation.
  • Dog bites: Dog owners must take every precaution to ensure their pet does not attack or bite a visitor. California allows dog bite victims to seek compensation for medical costs, even if in instances in which it is a completely surprise to everyone that the dog would be aggressive.

Proving an Environmental Hazard was Unreasonable

A significant portion of liability in premises liability claims hinges upon whether or not it is reasonable to expect the property controller or owner to know about the hazard that caused the accident. If the hazard should have been known by someone acting responsibly, liability increases on part of the property owner. Otherwise, the injured party’s liability could increase.

Example 1: A woman is in a grocery store, checking her list of items, and slips on a spilled juice carton. She suffers a spinal injury and needs compensation. It is reasonable to expect aisles to be free of slip hazards, as employees should be frequenting all areas of the store. The woman’s liability should not increase.

Example 2: A grocery store employee drops a juice carton in the employee-only back section of the store and leaves to get a mop. Before the employee returns, a customer enters the area without permission, slips on the juice, and is seriously injured. The grocery store would likely not experience a liability increase as it was unreasonable for the customer to be there, and it would be unreasonable to expect the employee to instantly clean up the mess.

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Plaintiffs often start at a legal disadvantage in premises liability claims, as the burden of proof falls upon them to show that the property owner was the one who was negligent, not themselves. Many premises liability accidents also involve just one person with no witnesses, such as slipping in public restroom. This also poses a significant issue for the plaintiff.

San Francisco personal injury Attorney Hashim focuses his investigative skills during premises liability claims to tip the scales in his clients’ favors. With a keen eye for details and a fine-tuned mind, he is capable of taking on even the most stubborn of premises liability claim oppositions, which may include large teams of corporate lawyers if the accident occurred in a retail or office location.

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