As if being robbed or assaulted while on someone else’s property, or at a place of business wasn’t enough! Now you have serious injuries that require medical attention!
What happens if the assailant gets away and there is no possibility of recovering your damages from them? You may not know, but property owners have a responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment, and if they do not, they may be deemed liable for injuries sustained on their premises.
Property Owner’s Responsibility
In California, property owners are required to ensure their premises are safe, habitable, and in good working condition. If any of these conditions are not met, then the property owner could be sued for damages that result from their neglect. This is governed by premises liability law and determining whether or not you have a case can be a complicated task. You should consult with a personal injury attorney if you have been injured on another’s premises and feel the injury could have been avoided had the property been properly maintained.
What Does Safe Mean with Regards to Crime on the Premises?
The law states that for a property owner to be liable for injuries sustained on their property, they must reasonably have been able to detect the flaw that caused injury. In the case of a slip and fall accident caused by a broken stairway, the landlord most certainly should have noticed and remedied the issue.
When we enter the realm of injuries caused by crime on that same landlord’s premises, it becomes more difficult to prove that the owner should have reasonably assumed the crime could happen. Better yet, how could the landlord have mitigated the occurrence of that crime or further protected those that occupy the property? These are all questions for a qualified Sacramento personal injury attorney, call today for a free consultation!
If it can be shown that crime is prevalent at a location, and the landlord was aware, California law may require them to have security on the premises. If security was not present, or security was acting negligent, there may be grounds for a suit. Precautions that could or should be taken include:
- Hiring security personnel
- Restricting street access to the premises with fencing or gating
- Modifying operating hours
- Trimming foliage to allow clear lines of sight
- Installing anti-crime light fixtures
- Installing security cameras
Contact Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured do not hesitate and contact a Sacramento personal injury attorney at The Weinberger Law Firm to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Folsom for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.