Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney

Did you suffer an injury on someone else’s property due to a hazardous condition? If so, you could be entitled to seek compensation from the property owner or manager for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses due to your injury. You should not bear the financial burden of another person’s negligence. Luckily, you do not have to face this challenging time alone.

Sean Shamsi has extensive experience helping injury victims in Los Angeles, having secured tens of millions of dollars in compensation. When you come to The Shamsi Law Firm, APC for help, you can count on Sean to give your case the undivided attention it deserves. He understands that a personal injury lawsuit is your opportunity to be heard — and the insurance companies know Sean has a powerful voice.

Contact The Shamsi Law Firm, APC today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a premises liability lawyer in Los Angeles.

What Are Common Types of Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a legal concept allowing injury victims to hold property owners and occupants liable for accidents and injuries on their premises. In California, every property owner and occupant has a legal duty to maintain their property reasonably safe for visitors. This duty of care requires owners and occupants to inspect the premises for any hazardous conditions regularly and to either make repairs to or provide adequate warnings about such dangers.

The premises liability cases The Shamsi Law Firm, APC handles typically involve one of the following:

  • Slip-and-Falls – Perhaps one of the most common types of premises liability cases, slip-and-falls arise when a person slips, trips, or falls due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Wet floors, recently waxed surfaces, spills, and other potentially dangerous conditions frequently lead to these accidents.
  • Dog Bites – Dog and pet owners are strictly liable for injuries their dogs inflict on others in California. Strict liability means the owner is responsible for the bite or attack regardless of whether the dog has any history of aggression. Victims of dog bites or attacks do not need to prove negligence on the owner’s part to hold them responsible.
  • Uneven Pavement – Broken or uneven pavement can create tripping hazards, whether on sidewalks, parking lots, or other surfaces. Property owners are typically expected to maintain these areas and repair any dangerous conditions in a timely manner.
  • Swimming Pool Accidents – Unsecured swimming pools can lead to tragic accidents, especially among unattended children. Owners are required to have safety precautions like fencing or alarms to prevent unauthorized or unsupervised access to their pools.
  • Faulty Elevators and Escalators – Malfunctioning elevators and escalators can cause severe injuries. Property owners and management companies are responsible for ensuring that these devices are in proper working order and safe to operate.
  • Negligent Security – If someone gets hurt due to a criminal act on a property, the property owner might be responsible if adequate security measures are not in place. Negligent security might be a factor in cases involving hotels, parking garages, apartment complexes, and other locations with a reasonable expectation of visitor safety.

What Are Typical Places Where Premises Liability Accidents Occur?

Premises liability accidents can happen almost anywhere. But they are especially prevalent in places where many people gather or move about — and Los Angeles has many of them. Some typical locations where these incidents occur include the following:

  • Hotels and motels
  • Bars and clubs
  • Theme parks
  • Swimming pools
  • Apartments
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery stores
  • Shopping malls
  • Parking lots
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Schools and universities
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Office buildings
  • Playgrounds
  • Movie theaters
  • Stadiums and arenas
  • Construction sites
  • Public parks
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Airports
  • Train and subway stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Golf courses
  • Resorts and spas
  • Public restrooms
  • Elevators and escalators
  • Marinas and docks

How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in California?

You typically have two years from the date of your injury to file a premises liability lawsuit in California. There are exceptions to this rule, though. For instance, if you did not discover your injury right away or you were a minor at the time of the incident, you might have more time to file a suit. But regardless of the situation, if you miss the filing deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case, regardless of its merits. If so, you will likely lose your right to seek premises liability compensation from at-fault parties in civil court.

Hiring a trusted lawyer is the best way to protect your legal rights and lay a strong foundation for your case. As an experienced Los Angeles premises liability attorney, Sean Shamsi can identify the deadlines specific to your case and any exceptions or nuances that might apply. He can also handle all aspects of your case, including gathering necessary evidence, completing paperwork, and meeting procedural requirements. That way, you can focus on your recovery.

What Are Common Injuries Someone Can Sustain in a Premises Liability Accident?

Whether it’s a slip-and-fall or an incident involving faulty equipment, the consequences of a premises liability accident can range from minor discomfort to life-altering complications. Some common examples of premises liability accident injuries include the following:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Burn injuries
  • Electrocutions or electric shocks
  • Dislocated joints
  • Torn ligaments
  • Puncture wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Drowning or near-drowning incidents
  • Facial fractures or dental injuries
  • Amputations
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Hazardous exposure injuries
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Infections from unsanitary conditions
  • Herniated discs
  • Knee injuries
  • Ankle and foot injuries
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Who Is Responsible for an Injury in a Premises Liability Case?

In a California premises liability case, determining who is at fault is not always straightforward. Multiple parties might bear responsibility for the injuries sustained on a given property, depending on the specifics of the case and the relationships between the involved parties.

The following are some of the various parties that could be responsible in a premises liability claim:

  • Property owners and managers of apartment complexes, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, shopping centers, hotels, motels, amusement parks, or casinos
  • Owners, tenants, or renters of private homes, apartments, or condos
  • Maintenance companies responsible for repairing hazards in public spaces
  • Government entities responsible for repairing hazards on public streets or sidewalks or in public parks
  • Owners of private or public swimming pools

What Kinds of Damages Can I Pursue in a Premises Liability Case?

If you get hurt due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you could pursue damages (money) through a premises liability case for the following losses:

  • Medical expenses, including doctor’s visits, hospital stays, diagnostic tests, prescription medications, and mobility equipment
  • Future medical costs
  • Out-of-pocket expenses, such as mileage to travel to medical specialists
  • Lost wages if you miss work while healing from your injuries or must go on part-time duty
  • Loss of future earning capacity and benefits if your injuries leave you unable to return to your job or seek gainful employment
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life due to disabilities or permanent scarring or disfigurement that prevents you from participating in hobbies or other daily activities
  • Property damage costs

Why You Should Hire a Los Angeles Premises Liability Lawyer

Pursuing a premises liability case in California requires a deep understanding of state law and how local courts operate. Sean Shamsi, a reputable Los Angeles premises liability lawyer, can make a considerable difference in the outcome of your case by:

  • Investigating the incident to identify liable parties and uncover valuable evidence
  • Analyzing the scene of the accident for potential hazards or code violations
  • Evaluating the full extent of your losses, including future medical costs and lost earning potential
  • Organizing and presenting documentation to substantiate your injury claims
  • Hiring and consulting expert witnesses to bolster your case
  • Communicating with property owners and their insurance providers on your behalf
  • Negotiating settlements with opposing parties to secure fair compensation
  • Protecting your rights against aggressive insurance companies and defense lawyers
  • Advising you on whether to accept a settlement offer or pursue further legal action
  • Representing you in court, should your case go to trial
  • Drafting and filing all necessary legal documents promptly and correctly
  • Preparing you for depositions, hearings, or trial appearances
  • Keeping you informed and updated about the progress of your case
  • Ensuring compliance with strict legal timelines and procedural requirements
  • Appealing adverse decisions to higher courts when necessary

The Shamsi Law Firm, APC works on a contingency fee basis, meaning Sean is not paid unless he obtains a settlement or courtroom verdict in your favor. You pay nothing upfront while Sean builds a compelling case for you.

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Contact a Premises Liability Lawyer in Los Angeles Today

Did you suffer an injury on someone else’s property in Los Angeles? If so, you deserve compassionate, effective legal representation to pursue the compensation you deserve. The Shamsi Law Firm, APC understands that injury victims need a dedicated advocate to fight for their rights and interests. Attorney Sean Shamsi will take the time to listen to your story and give your case the personalized attention and care it requires.

You deserve to have your voice heard and hold at-fault parties accountable for the harm they caused you. Learn more about your legal options at a free, no-obligation consultation and case review with a premises liability lawyer in Los Angeles. Contact Sean today.