A lawyer can help you with your premises liability case. If you choose to retain representation after an accident on another person’s property, you can focus on your recovery while your lawyer brings together the documents you may need to pursue compensation for your losses.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
In the state of California, California Civil Code (CIV) §1714(a) establishes a duty of care that all property owners, renters, and other parties have towards keeping those who come onto their property safe. In this statute, the state of California makes it clear that all visiting parties—ranging from invitees to licensees to trespassers (namely children)—must be able to navigate the property without fear for their condition. It also states that any dangerous parts of the property must be appropriately marked.
Should a property owner or an affiliated party violate said duty of care while you are on the property, you have the opportunity to take legal action and seek compensation for your losses. A premises liability lawyer can help you gather together evidence which you may need to establish the liable party’s wrongdoing.
Representing You As You Deem Appropriate
That said, you do not always need to take these types of cases before a court. Instead, you can choose to draft a demand letter. Alongside a premises liability lawyer, you can present such a letter to the party you wish to hold liable for your losses. After this letter is delivered, a lawyer can negotiate with the potentially-liable party on your behalf, working to secure compensation through all avenues that apply to your case.
It may be the case, though, that the involved party chooses to reach out to you before you can issue such a letter. Even then, you can work with your lawyer to determine whether or not the offered settlement addresses all of your post-accident needs accordingly. If it does not, your lawyer can continue to negotiate on your behalf.
Finally, it may be the case that the party you wish to hold liable for your losses refuses to acknowledge that they may have done wrong in the caring and keeping of their property. In these cases, a lawyer can help you file a complaint with your local court justice and take legal action in a courtroom environment.
Calculating Your Potential Compensation
Your compensation in a premises liability case can vary based on the factors that contributed to your accident—and your condition after said accident. In general, your avenues for potential compensation can include (but are not always limited to):
- Any medical expenses you incurred seeking treatment, prior to the filing of a complaint or the issuing of a demand letter
- Any medical expenses you may incur in the future while seeking treatment for the injury you suffered while on another person’s property
- The cost of medical aids, medications, and other means necessary to restore your previous quality of life
- The cost of physical therapy necessary to restore your previous quality of life
- The cost of psychological counseling, if deemed necessary by attending medical professionals
- Lost wages
- Lost opportunity for employment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Wrongful death and funeral costs, if applicable
Working with Your Needs in Mind
Many individuals who suffer from losses on another person’s private property may be reluctant to seek out compensation, due to their fears regarding the cost of legal aid. You do not have to fear when working with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, however.
This is because work on contingency. If you choose to benefit from any of the aforementioned services we offer, you will only receive a bill for those services if a courtroom believes that you may receive compensation for your losses. The American Bar Association (ABA) makes it clear that a law firm can request a percentage of your secured settlement instead of asking that you pay for services rendered out of your savings. We operate under this business model as well.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Advocate on Your Behalf
As you work to recover from an accident on someone else’s property, you can feel as though the odds are stacked against you. We recognize how strange you can feel in these cases, especially as you try to recover. As such, we can help you get back on your feet with legal aid presented on contingency.
We will help you establish your case, calculate your potential compensation, and fight for a settlement—either in court or one-on-one with the party you wish to hold liable for your losses.
To reach out and discuss your case, you can contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 223-5115. A lawyer from our firm can help you with your premises liability case. Call to speak to a team member about your options.