Are you living somewhere you hate? Does the landlord own the property where you live? Do you hate it because your landlord does nothing to take care of the property? Do you hate it because your landlord takes forever to help fix something in your apartment or house? Landlord and tenant relationships can be challenging to navigate. There are so many rules and regulations for each to follow that it can be hard to attribute fault when something goes awry. Our Premises Liability Attorneys Los Angeles CA at Compass Law Group, LLP are here to increase your understanding of your rights as a tenant.
Premises liability is when the property owner does not maintain a duty of care to the people who occupy the owned property. If the owner breaches the duty of care by a negligent act then the occupant may sue for damages, especially if the breach caused injury to the occupant. The property owner must put in some effort to create a safe space for the occupants. If the property does not put in any effort and occupant is injured, the property owner can be held liable.
Let’s take an example. Let’s say that you are living on the third floor of an apartment building. You have to use the stairs because there is no elevator. When you looked at the apartment the landlord stated that there is something wrong with the staircase, but promises to fix it. You continue to use the staircase, but that is the only way to your apartment. You are careful not to walk on the soft spot of the stair. However, one night while carrying a lot of groceries you step on the soft spot the property owner never fixed. Your whole leg went through the step. The injury resulting from the soft part of the step requires surgery and lengthy recovery time.
The property owner owed you a duty to fix the staircase as that was your only means of getting to your apartment. The property owner did not take care to fix the step; therefore, the injury occurred due to the property owner’s negligence. More than likely the property owner or landlord is aware that accidents like this are bound to occur which is why they invested in premises liability insurance.The insurance company will protect the property owner and will provide benefits to the injured. If there is no insurance, our Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorneys have strategic plans for such situations.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury caused by the property owner, you are not alone. Nor do you have to feel alone throughout the lawsuit process. Our Premises Liability Attorneys Los Angeles CA are ready to walk you through the process. We believe in actively engaging our clients to make sure that you are getting the best kind of care with us.