Under California law, anyone who owns property has a legal obligation to keep it safe from hazards. If property owners fail to properly maintain their property & someone incurs injury as a result, they may be liable for damages under premise liability law. In California, people sustain injuries each year by dangers that owners’ care could have prevented. While many accidents are minor, some result in serious & even catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one are struggling with medical bills, lost wages, or other damages associated with an accident incurred on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.



The term “premise liability” refers to the idea that anyone who allows others on their property has a duty to use “reasonable care” in its upkeep. In other words, entities like businesses, public parks, & government building must maintain their properties to prevent foreseeable injury. Slip & fall accidents are one of the most common types of premise liability accidents, so much that it’s sometimes called “slip & fall liability. However, premise liability law encompasses all kinds of scenarios, including:

  • Pool accidents

  • Elevator & escalator accidents

  • Campus injuries

  • Matters of negligent security

  • Trip & fall accidents

  • Dog bites

  • Asbestos or lead related illness 

  • Amusement park injuries


As you can see, premise liability is a large & multi-faceted area of the law. Premise liability cases can become very complicated, as they often involve businesses, public, or municipal entities. These all have different legal guidelines & insurance considerations, making each case unique. ​


Slip, trip, & fall accidents happen when walking surfaces are defective, slippery, dangerous, or otherwise unsafe to walk upon. They are some of the most common types of premises liability accidents. ​


Slip & falls are most frequent on premises where owners don’t take proper care to prevent fall hazards, such as:

  • Wet floors

  • Grease or oil spills

  • Food debris

  • Spilled drinks or liquids

  • Ice or snow

  • Uneven walking surfaces

  • Cracked sidewalks

  • Faulty staircases

  • Loose carpets

  • Furniture & common amenities not serviced properly, loose bindings, or not within standard operating conditions


Property owners are legally responsible to look out for slip and fall risks and need to repair them if noticed. Failure to fix a slip hazard, resulting in a preventable property visitor injury, is an act of negligence by the facility and by the staff therein. If you believe the property owner or a business employee reasonably should have known about the hazard that caused your slip and fall, you could have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit.

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