Premises Liability

Under California law, property owners owe a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for the sake of others. When people are injured in a slip and fall or other accident in the Bay Area, the Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel helps those injured to hold the property owner responsible for their negligence in causing this personal injury.

In order to keep their premises reasonably safe, property owners should inspect and maintain their property on a reasonable basis. If any dangerous conditions become known, they should either be promptly repaired, or a notice provided to warn of the danger.

Timing is Everything

Businesses which are open to the public and which invite the public onto their premises in order for the business to thrive owe a duty to keep their premises safe at all times, to the extent that it is possible to do so. In the case of restaurants and grocery stores, for instance, food or liquid spills are not uncommon, and my be caused by other patrons or customers as well as employees. If one person slips and falls on a spill made by another, it becomes a critical question whether the property owner knew or should have known of the spill and corrected the situation before the accident happened. These issues can be complex and may involve eyewitness testimony as well as expert witness testimony regarding the standards in the industry for making routine inspections and cleaning up spills promptly. At the Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel, we understand the inherent challenges presented by premises liability cases and prepare a thorough and convincing case for an effective settlement or positive jury verdict.

Independent Contractor/Third-Party Claims

An accident may not always be the fault of the property owner. For instance, there may be an independent contractor or other person on the premises who directly causes the injury. This may be true even in the workplace. A vendor or supplier driving onto the property, or a manufacturer of defective equipment, can be the primary entity responsible for a workplace injury. While workers’ compensation is normally the employee’s exclusive recourse for an on-the-job injury, in the case of third-party liability a personal injury negligence lawsuit may be pursued regardless of whether a workers’ compensation claim is also appropriate.

Hold Others Accountable for Their Actions

With nearly 20 years invested into representing victims of slips and falls and other personal injury cases, our firm possesses the practical know-how and legal skill to prepare your case for the best possible outcome. It is important to hold property owners accountable for their negligence, not just to compensate you for your injuries, but to ensure that they change their practices and prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. If you or a loved one has been injured on another’s unsafe or dangerous premises, contact the Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel for a free consultation.