California Premises Liability Lawyers

California's “premises liability” laws require people to keep property they own or occupy in a reasonably safe condition. This “duty of care” obligates people who own, possess or control property to exercise reasonable care to:

  • Maintain their property;
  • Inspect the property;
  • Repair potentially dangerous conditions; and/or
  • Give adequate warning of any dangerous condition(s).[1]

A property owner or occupier who is negligent in failing to do these things may be liable for injuries sustained on the property. Compensatory damages the injured party can sue for can include:

In extreme cases, the injured person might even be entitled to punitive damages in California.

To help you better understand "premises liability" laws in California, our California personal injury lawyers discuss, below:

You may also wish to see our article on California's "slip-and-fall" accident laws.

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1. What are California's “premises liability” laws?

Premises liability arises under California’s laws on negligence.[2] California Civil Code 1714(a) provides, in relevant part:

“Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person…”

The question is whether in the management of property, the possessor of land has acted as a reasonable person under all the circumstances. Issues a jury may consider include (without limitation):

  • The likelihood of injury to a plaintiff, 
  • The probable seriousness of such injury,
  • The burden of reducing or avoiding the risk, 
  • The location of the property, and 
  • The owner's or possessor's degree of control over the risk-creating condition(s).[3]

2. Who can I sue if I am injured on someone else's property?

Parties that may be liable for premises liability in California can include:

  • The owner of the property,
  • The lessee, renter or temporary occupant of property,
  • The parent company of a property owner or occupant, and/or
  • The premises liability insurer -- including, if applicable, the occupant's homeowner's or renter's insurance.

In some cases, more than one party may be responsible. Our California premises liability attorneys can help you determine who is liable and which of the liable parties has the assets to satisfy a judgment.

3. How can a California premises liability lawyer help?

Our lawyers include former police officers, prosecutors and investigators. We have logged thousands of courtroom hours and have tried over 100 cases, including many involving catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.

But whether your California premises liability case is large or small, our team will make sure it gets the attention it needs. From our support staff to our lawyers and paralegals, our team is dedicated to making a difficult time easier.

We offer free consultations so that you can discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer from the outset. And remember -- you pay no fees or costs unless and until your case settles or you win at trial. 

Injured on someone else's premises in California? Call us for help…

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If you or someone you know has been injured due to premises liability in California, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation.

We have offices throughout California – including in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, San Diego and Orange Counties, as well as the Central Valley and Northern California.

Call us at (855) JUSTICE to discuss your case with a lawyer near you.

We can also help you if you were injured on someone else's property in Nevada.

Legal references:

  1. California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) 1001.
  2. Rowland v. Christian (1968) 69 Cal.2d 108; CACI 1000.
  3. Sprecher v. Adamson Companies (1981) 30 Cal.3d 358

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