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Familiar but not always understood term: What is premises liability?

Many Southern California residents have likely heard the term “premises liability” without fully understanding what it means and why it is legally important.

Indeed, it does sound a bit murky, doesn’t it?

At its core, premises liability is actually a quite straightforward and easily grasped legal concept.

We can quickly sketch its thrust and parameters by putting forth a simple and “this often happens in real life” scenario.

To wit: An individual is walking down a neighborhood street in Riverside or elsewhere when a dangerous dog that is both unfenced and unleashed suddenly runs out to the sidewalk and launches a vicious attack.

Did that dog’s owner have a duty to reasonably safeguard the public against such a dangerous animal?

Of course, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” Relevant laws insist upon that. Moreover, they provide further that individuals who are injured owing to the negligent acts or omissions of third parties can pursue meaningful legal remedies marked by maximum money recoveries.

The premises liability realm is broad and varied. There are many situations where a property owner or manager negligently fails to safely maintain property or warn about its defective condition. Scenarios spotlighting premises liability include the following:

  • Slip/trip-and-fall claims
  • Inadequate security that can lead to criminal activity and resulting injuries
  • Lapsed maintenance in living dwellings and public areas
  • Amusement park accidents

Southern California residents and their loved ones have a reasonable expectation of safety when they venture from their homes. The negligence of others can compromise that. When such an outcome occurs, a proven premises liability legal team can provide timely and knowledgeable representation aimed at securing maximum money damages.

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