Landowners and property owners have a duty to keep their buildings, properties, and facilities in a reasonably safe condition. If an unsafe condition exists on the premises that causes or contributes harm to an individual, the injured person is entitled to damages.
Landowners, landlords, and their insurance companies aggressively defend premises liability cases to avoid paying plaintiffs in accident and wrongful death lawsuits.
A first line of defense defendants’ lawyers use is to attempt to place the fault on the injured party. Defense attorneys rely on laws that limit damages based on circumstances, including why the person was on the property (i.e., did the person have permission or were they trespassing), the purpose of the property, and the foreseeability of the accident or injury that occurred.
A person can sustain serious injuries or even death due to things such as a wet floor, a faulty stairwell, a defect in the sidewalk, inadequate lighting, a broken gate, a defective lock, or inadequate security at a public or private location. These types of cases are commonly referred to as “premises liability,” and the attorneys at AlderLaw are well equipped to handle such cases. AlderLaw retains excellent engineers to evaluate the premises where the accident occurred and, if necessary, testify at trial and explain to a jury what safety protocols were violated. AlderLaw has obtained tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients injured as a result of a defective condition of property, including:
- Construction Accidents
- Dangerous Condition of Public Property
- Dangerous Escalators and Elevators
- Dangerous Living Conditions
- Fire Hazards
- Lack of Adequate Security
- Slip and Falls
- Swimming Pool Deaths
- Trip and Falls
Premises Liability Lawsuits: Verdicts and Settlements
AlderLaw has successfully represented many individuals who were injured due to a property owner or landowner’s negligence in maintaining their property. In 2007, Michael Alder, an experienced premises liability attorney, won a $7.8 million verdict for a woman seriously injured on an auto auction lot, even though she was found to be trespassing.
Free Consultation with a Premises Liability Attorney
We invite you to contact our law firm today at 310.275.9131 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We work on a contingency basis which means you pay us when we settle or win your case for you.