A fundamental principle of United States law is that each of us has an obligation to take reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable harm to others. This is the reason why property owners are legally responsible for accidents that occur on their premises.
Property owners are in the best position to eliminate hazards on their premises, whether the hazard is an unsafe sidewalk, an unlocked swimming pool gate or broken security system, a dog off the leash, or any number of other dangers. When property owners fail to remedy dangerous conditions — or when they create dangerous conditions — the law holds them responsible for injuries that occur as a result.
Common sources of property accident claims include:
- Inadequate security. Property owners who fail to provide security in dangerous neighborhoods are liable for reasonably foreseeable assaults and other crimes that take place on their premises.
- Slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents can arise from wet floors, icy sidewalks, damaged floors and stairways, cracked sidewalks, potholes, inadequately lit areas, generally any location on the premises that presents an unreasonable danger to an unsuspecting visitor.
- Swimming pool accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control, drowning is the number one cause of death in children aged 1-4 other than birth defects. Nearly half of all drownings in the United States take place in residential pools. Property owners are legally responsible for keeping swimming pools safe, secure, and supervised.
- Construction accidents. Construction sites are dangerous locations, presenting numerous opportunities for accidental harm — falls, electrocution, unsafe or defective machinery, exposure to harmful chemicals, and being struck by moving construction equipment, to name just a few.
- Dog bites. Property owners are often liable without regard to fault when their dog bites or injures another person.
- Property owner negligence. Property owners owe a duty to maintain their premises in reasonably safe condition, regardless of whether the injured person is a business invitee, a neighbor, or even a trespasser.
Persons injured as a result of unsafe or defective premises are entitled to obtain compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and lost earning capacity, pain and suffering resulting from the injuries and, in some cases, punitive damages.
The legal rules applicable to property accident claims are complicated, and there are statutes of limitation that bar late-filed claims. If you or a family member has been injured on business premises, public property, or a neighbor’s home or apartment, contact Ventura Law for a full explanation of your legal rights. By contacting and retaining our firm as soon after the accident as possible, we can begin investigating and putting together a successful claim. Property accident victims who do not have a strong voice speaking up for them can easily be shortchanged in terms of any settlement, or receive no compensation at all.
Ventura Law will make sure that all responsible parties are held accountable while we work for full and fair compensation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can begin to move forward with your life. Ventura Law takes all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.