Beverly Hills Premises Liability Lawyer

Beverly Hills Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises Liability Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

In California, property owners have a legal responsibility to prevent the property from becoming a hazard. When a property owner fails to do so, accidents can result. Premises liability refers to an obligation that a property owner owes to people the owner allows onto the property. The owner must use due care to maintain the property so that people are not subjected to an unreasonable risk of harm.

Dangerous Conditions and Code Violations

A person who is injured on property has the burden to demonstrate that there was a dangerous condition on the property. To assist in that hurdle, trial lawyers often assess whether the condition amounted to a code violation. For example, an elevated area that has no guardrail may constitute a building code violation. If such a code violation exists, the law allows for an instruction to the jury that there is a presumption of negligence or negligence per se.

Elevator and Escalator Accidents

Most of us ride elevators and escalators on a daily basis. Just as routinely, accidents occur on these elevators and escalators as a result of faulty repair work and improper maintenance. Under California law, owners of elevators and escalators are considered to be common carriers. That means that they have a heightened standard of care. They must use the utmost care and diligence to ensure their passenger safety.

Depositions in a Premises Liability Case

Depositions are a potent tool in most cases. They become critical in premises liability cases. Depositions allow victims and their attorneys to determine the practices and procedures that property owners maintain for the safe upkeep and maintenance of their property. The absence of these policies and procedures allow for the inference that the property owner neglected his or her obligation to properly maintain the property.

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