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Going out for the day should be a relaxing and pleasant experience, especially if you’re shopping for a new pair of shoes, visiting your favorite restaurant, or possibly taking the family on a stroll through the park. In Daly City, there are plenty of attractive spots to visit. Whether you want to shop, eat, or just enjoy a relaxing evening, you’ll find no shortage of options.

You expect to be safe when you go out, and most of the time, you are. Unfortunately, sometimes a property owner or manager fails to maintain a safe environment for their patrons. This can lead to unexpected injuries.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property and you think it was due to their negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for such losses as your medical bills, lost wages, and even certain non-economic losses, such as your pain and suffering.

Strongly consider enlisting the help of a premises liability attorney in Daly City if you plan on taking legal action. At Allegiance Law, we will review your case to determine if you may be eligible to recover compensation. If you do have a valid case, we will provide aggressive representation to maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you may be owed.

Don’t let an injury derail your life because of high medical bills or an inability to work. Hire an attorney to ensure justice is served.

THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE SAFE

Anytime a place is open to the general public, there are certain safety codes the property owner must follow. From building codes to maintenance, there are regulations in place to ensure nobody gets injured.

Whether you are in a privately-owned store or a publicly maintained park or building, you have expectations that you will be safe. The last thing you think about is getting injured when you go out. When regulations aren’t followed and property owners fail to ensure their spaces are maintained properly, people can get hurt.

WHAT CAN HAPPEN

A property owner can be held liable for injuries that occur on their property for a variety of reasons. If employees fail to follow proper cleanup procedures from a spill in a store and you slip and fall, they could be liable for your injuries.

Property owners could also be liable if you are injured from a piece of equipment that was not maintained properly. An example of this could be an injury from a rusty playground slide in a public park. If your child is injured because someone failed to properly maintain equipment, you may have a premises liability claim.

A PREMISES LIABILITY EXAMPLE

The fact that you were injured on someone’s property does not automatically mean you are eligible for compensation. This is one of the many reasons it is important to review your case with a qualified Daly City premises liability attorney if you believe you may have reason to file a claim or lawsuit. An expert can account for all relevant details to confirm whether you have grounds to take legal action.

Premises liability laws are not consistent throughout the country. Each state’s premises liability laws are somewhat unique. Under California law, “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”

The words “ordinary care and skill” are very important. The law is phrased to guard against property owners being unreasonably held accountable for accidents or injuries they could not have prevented.

Consider one of the examples mentioned above. Perhaps you’re at a store and slip over a spill, sustaining injuries as a result. You may have reason to file a claim to recover compensation from the store’s insurer in these circumstances if you can provide evidence showing that by the time your accident occurred, if the store’s managers, owners, or employees were fulfilling their duties to a reasonable degree, they would have noticed the spill and cleaned it up before anyone was put in harm’s way.

However, maybe you slipped immediately after the spill occurred. You might not be able to recover compensation if this is the case.

Employees and managers are only human. They cannot be expected to notice and address spills or similar hazards within mere seconds of those hazards arising.

This is not meant to discourage you from filing a claim if you have genuine reason to believe you may deserve compensation after your accident. Instead, it’s meant to highlight the importance of coordinating with experienced Daly City premises liability lawyers when pursuing the compensation you believe you are owed.

An insurance company will likely attempt to argue that the property owner (or an extension of ownership, such as one of the business’ employees) could not have reasonably been expected to prevent your accident. You need to gather and present evidence indicating such claims are false.

WHAT TO DO

If you are injured because of the negligence of a property owner, you may need a Daly City premises liability attorney. It is not fair that the negligence of someone else may have contributed to your injury. There are many things a court will look at to determine if a property owner can be held liable for your injuries. This will include whether or not the accident was foreseeable, whether you knew of the potential danger beforehand, whether or not you should have been on the property, as well as whether you contributed to the injury.

Allegiance Law understands these cases and we know any injury can keep you from your daily life and hurt your finances. We will walk you through the entire case and help you gather the evidence and documents you need to proceed. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.