Injured On Someone Else's Property? We Can Help.

Property owners throughout California have a responsibility to ensure their premises are reasonably safe. Unfortunately, not everyone takes this responsibility seriously. When unsafe premises lead to serious injuries, it is important to get legal help immediately.

At Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, in Long Beach, we strive to help you recover as quickly as possible after an injury. Whether you were injured around someone else's swimming pool or tripped and fell in a retail outlet, our experienced attorneys can help you seek the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is the legal notion that property owners are responsible for keeping their premises free from hazards. Property owners can be held accountable for injuries sustained on their property if several conditions are met:

  • You enter the property legally.
  • The property owner knew or should have known about the hazard that injured you.
  • The property owner failed to warn people of the hazard or address the hazard in a timely manner.

Dangerous Premises — Premises Liability Claims

Dangerous premises — Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for the benefit of others who may enter onto the property. Fulfilling this duty may include making periodic inspections of the property and being aware of the condition of the property at all times. It's their responsibility to repair or fix dangerous conditions before someone gets hurt. If you get hurt, do your best before you leave to document or ask a witness to document where you were and what caused your injury. Pictures taken at the scene can be invaluable to your case, and this may be your only chance to get the pictures before the item is fixed or is moved. Take all the pictures you need plus two more and save them.

Premises liability claims — In addition to keeping the property in good repair such as fixing broken handrails, steps or sidewalks, restaurant and grocery store owners in particular must be alert for food or drink spills which could lead to a slip and fall, causing serious injury from a broken wrist or hip to a head or neck injury. If an unreasonable time passed between the spill and the injury, and no responsible party attempted to clean up the spill or put out a warning, the owner may be liable for the injuries which resulted.

Property owners and property managers may also be liable for failing to provide adequate security that leads to injuries. For instance, if parking garages or stairwells are not kept well-lit, the owner may be liable for an assault that occurs. Dog owners can be liable when their dog bites another person under certain circumstances.

An Everyday Example

Imagine you enter your local grocery store and head for the dairy aisle. You just need a gallon of milk. Suddenly, you slip on a wet patch on the floor. You fall and break your arm. Upon further investigation, you find out that the store had been mopped recently, but no one put out a sign notifying customers that the floor was wet. You may have a strong case for premises liability.

How We Can Help

There are many ways we can help you seek compensation after an accident. First, we will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Then we will review the evidence and collect more if possible. We will then determine how much compensation you deserve for your injuries. Finally, we will determine who is responsible for your injuries — including whether more than one party played a role. We will then file a claim seeking compensation.

Our primary goal is always to do what is best for you. We will keep you informed throughout the process so you know what is happening as the case progresses.

Tell Us About Your Situation In A Free Consultation

Here, your first consultation is always free. Schedule a time to talk to one of our lawyers by calling 562-485-9376 or contacting us online. We are happy to come to you if coming to us is too difficult. Se habla español.