Property Owner Or Occupier Liability
The term “premises liability” refers to the liability of certain persons for injuries and damages to others arising from the ownership or possession of real property. Under California law, there must be some form of negligence for the property owner or occupier of the property to be liable for injuries sustained on the property. Simply owning or occupying land does not make the owner or occupier liable.
Property Owner & Occupier Responsibilities & Liability
To understand what duty is owed by an owner or occupier of land to those lawfully present on land, it is necessary to understand the difference between the landlord or owner of the property and the occupier or tenant of the property and their relative liability. For a thorough discussion of landlords and tenants see the following topics which explain duties, obligations and liability in the landlord tenant relationship:
Individuals Found On Property Premises
There are several other classes of individuals who can be found on the premises.
• Invited Guests and Visitors
• Licensed individuals, such as repair-men, gardeners or construction workers
• Trespassers who do not belong on the property
Injuries on the Premises
Some common types of injuries in premises liability lawsuits include slip & fall or trip & fall accidents, dog bites, repair men falling off a ladder, construction accidents, swimming pool drowning incidents, diving board accidents, and injuries from exposure to hazardous material, fires, inadequate security and inadequate lighting in common areas. Such often injuries occur due to the negligence of the property owner.
When someone is injured on the premises, the question of Homeowners or Property Insurance which covers the premises is one of the main aspects of a legal proceeding when it comes to a premises liability lawsuit. An attorney may be required to make painstaking efforts to locate and pursue insurance coverage that will provide adequate compensation for the plaintiffs injuries and damages.
If you or someone close to you has been injured, contact an experienced and successful attorney to help assess your rights. With over 30 years of experience, the Simon Law Group will provide a free and confidential consultation when you call 480-745-2450 or click on “Contact Our Firm” and we will E-mail you shortly. Please let us help you during this painful and difficult time.
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