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San Mateo is a pretty big place, especially considering its proximity to the larger Bay Area. There is never a shortage of things to do. Whether you are handling daily routine things like going to the grocery store or the bank or you are heading out for the night to a restaurant or the movies, you will find plenty of options in and around San Mateo.

Whenever you or your family go somewhere, you expect to be safe. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen on other people’s property. If someone else’s negligence has caused you or a loved one to get injured, you may need a premises liability attorney in San Mateo. Allegiance Law is ready to answer any questions you may have.

What Is Premises Liability

Premises liability cases deal with injuries you may incur on someone else’s property due to the negligence of the property owner or manager. Assuming you had the right to be there in the first place, property owners have a responsibility to keep you safe. The types of places that apply to premises liability cover a wide range. Here are a few examples of possible premises liability cases:

  • You attend a pool party at someone’s house, but one of the bricks surrounding the pool is loose. When you step on it, you fall and break your arm. This causes you to incur hospital bills and to miss work.
  • You take your child to the public playground, but when they go down the slide, they are cut by a rusty side rail. You have to take your child to the hospital to get treatment for the cut and possible tetanus.
  • You go to the grocery store. It is raining outside and there is a leak in the store ceiling. You don’t see the puddle of water, slip and fall, and break a hip. You have to stay in the hospital for a period of time before rehabilitation.

These are just three possible examples of what a premises liability case could look like. In reality, these cases cover a wide range of scenarios. The bottom line is this – if an injury you sustain on someone’s property was caused by their negligence, then you shouldn’t have to suffer financially as well as physically.

HOW A SAN MATEO PREMISES LIABILITY ATTORNEY CAN HELP

To pursue compensation in a premises liability case, your first course of action would typically be to file a claim in an effort to collect from the property owner’s insurance. If they do not have insurance, you may file a lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit is also an option to consider if the insurance company is unwilling to offer a proper settlement.

You may assume you can recover compensation on your own without the assistance of a San Mateo premises liability law firm. Don’t make this mistake. Premises liability cases can often be more complicated than victims realize. To show that you are genuinely eligible to recover compensation, it is important to have a professional on your side. The following example will help you better understand how coordinating with a premises liability lawyer in San Mateo will improve your chances of recovering compensation.

A SAMPLE PREMISES LIABILITY CASE

Let’s return to one of the examples above to explore the potential complexities involved in a premises liability case. Again, you might have grounds to seek and recover compensation if you went to the grocery store and slipped on a puddle that formed because of a leak in the roof that allowed rain in.

However, to prove that you deserve to be compensated in these circumstances, you must establish a few points:

  • One, is that the leak in the roof had developed long enough ago that ownership or management should have noticed it and fixed it by the time your accident occurred;
  • Two, that the puddle you slipped on should have been noticed and cleaned up or marked off by the time your accident occurred;
  • Three, that the puddle was not so obviously noticeable that you would have easily avoided it had you been paying attention to your surroundings.

If you cannot establish these points, it’s possible the grocery store’s insurance company will deny your claim, stating you haven’t provided enough evidence to support the assertion that you are owed compensation for your losses.

Establishing these essential facts may require conducting an investigation into the accident. You likely don’t have the time, resources, funds, or experience necessary to do this. That’s one of many reasons it is wise to enlist the help of a San Mateo personal injury attorney when seeking compensation after this type of accident. They can investigate the circumstances and gather the evidence you need to show you are genuinely deserving of compensation.

Don’t worry about adding to your financial burdens by hiring a lawyer. Our San Mateo premises liability law firm uses the contingency fee model when charging clients for our services. This means that our fee is typically a percentage of the compensation we recover for you. Thus, if we don’t recover compensation, you will not be charged attorney fees. Because the initial consultation with our experts is also free, you are not taking any financial risk by meeting with us and hiring us if you believe we are qualified to represent you.

What To Do

If you are injured because of the negligence of a property owner, you may need a premises liability attorney in San Mateo. There are many things a court will look at to determine if a property owner can be held liable for your injuries, including whether or not your actions contributed to the incident. A court will examine whether the accident was foreseeable, as well as if you had the right to be there. These cases can get confusing and include a good bit of back and forth between the lawyers of both parties.

Allegiance Law understands these cases and we know any injuries 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.