If you got injured on someone else’s property because of a hazardous condition, you might have a premises liability injury claim against the property owner. Sometimes people mistakenly think that it was merely bad luck or their own fault if they got hurt at a business or someone else’s house, but the owner might be responsible for your losses, like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Here are four common premises liability injuries that you need to know. A California personal injury attorney can talk to you and evaluate whether you have a claim for money damages.
Slip and Fall Accidents
When a wet floor or another dangerous condition causes a person to get hurt from a slip and fall accident, that individual might have a personal injury claim. Let’s say that you walked into a grocery store where an employee had just mopped the floor to clean up a spill.
The worker neglected to warn people with “wet floor” warning cones or block off the area. If you, through no fault of your own, did not realize that the floor was slick, lost your footing, and fell, the store could be responsible for your injuries and losses.
If a property gets maintained poorly or does not use appropriate safety protocols, the stairways could be an accident waiting to happen. A door that opens directly onto stairs rather than a platform could cause a person to lose their balance and tumble down the stairs. Inadequate lighting, rotten stair treads, tripping hazards like loose carpeting on the stairs, and the lack of handrails could be dangerous conditions that lead to injury.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Whether attending a pool party at a neighbor’s house or using a hotel or public pool, many things could go wrong with the design, construction, or maintenance of the pool that could cause severe injuries. If the pool is old, the drains at the bottom of the pool could be perilous, with strong suction that could lead to drowning or dismemberment.
If a pool does not have appropriate fencing to protect the public from entering the area and drowning in the pool, the failure to comply with local swimming pool fence ordinances could make the property owner liable. Sometimes, the surface surrounding the pool is dangerously slick when wet, causing people to slide and get hurt.
Pool owners must keep the pool water safe for swimmers. Water-borne illnesses can have significant health consequences. The chemicals must be kept at safe levels.
Dog Bite Accidents
So many people get attacked by dogs every year in the United States that some homeowners’ insurance policies refuse to cover liability for these injuries. State law and local regulations set out the responsibility of dog owners. If someone else’s dog attacked you without provocation, you might face a long series of medical procedures, a loss of function, and disfigurement from significant scars. You can talk to a California personal injury attorney about your premises liability claim and the types of financial compensation for which you might be eligible. For legal help with your personal injury case, get in touch with our office today, we’ll provide a free consultation.