When individuals are on another person’s property, the property owner
has a responsibility to do everything he or she can to prevent personal
injury from befalling those individuals. However, each and every year,
premises liability injury cases affect a large number of Northern California
residents. Fortunately, if an individual is injured, he or she does have
the option to seek compensatory damages from a property or building owner
if the owner’s negligence in some way contributed to the injury.
There are a variety of different instances in which an individual can become
injured under premises liability law. Santa Cruz slip and fall accidents
are the most common form of accident relating to premises liability. These
accidents can occur when flooring, including stairs and uneven sidewalks,
contribute towards a person sustaining injury, either because the surface
is slippery, in disrepair, or poses a hazard in some other way.
Another form of premises liability involves poorly lit and obstructed
pathways, which can prevent an individual from safely traveling from one
location to another. In the event of an emergency, all individuals on
the premises must be able to safely flee from the location.
Property owners can even be held liable in the event that a visitor to
their property is assaulted, and adequate lighting and security were not
in place to deter such an attack from taking place. In the state of California,
property owners are responsible for the well being of all people who enter
onto their property.
The Santa Cruz personal injury lawyers of Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP
have handled a variety of cases stemming from premises liability. If you’ve
been injured due to another person’s negligence, please don’t
hesitate to contact our Santa Cruz premises liability attorneys today
for a free evaluation of your case. Call (800) 900-0863 for more information.