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Riverside Premises Liability Attorneys

San Diego car accident lawyersWhether you slipped on a slick floor at a downtown Riverside restaurant or took a tumble because of a loose pavement in Fairmount Park, the injuries you suffer in an accident or incident on someone else’s property can turn your life upside down. Through no fault of your own, you find yourself facing down mountains of medical debt, time you never intended to take off work, and months (or more) of battling pain and disability.

Victims of injuries caused by a preventable, dangerous condition on someone else’s property in Riverside deserve compensation. The experienced premises liability injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys have the skill and resources to help them get it. Contact our team today for a free case evaluation to learn about your rights after suffering injuries in a property-related incident or accident in Riverside.

About Gomez Trial Attorneys’ Riverside Premises Liability Lawyers

Victims of personal injuries in Riverside and throughout Southern and Central California have an ally in Gomez Trial Attorneys. Our award-winning Riverside lawyers have an unmatched reputation for taking on the toughest cases for badly injured clients, and for getting them the financial results they need to regain their health and rebuild their lives.

We have what it takes to secure compensation for our clients in and out of the courtroom. While we can never promise success in any matter we take for a client who suffered injuries on someone else’s Riverside property, we can commit our firm’s full resources and know-how to pursuing justice and to holding property owners and others legally and financially accountable for our clients’ injuries and losses.

About Premises Liability

Riverside residents, workers, and visitors suffer preventable injuries in an almost-unlimited variety of scenarios. Many of those circumstances, however, share one feature in common: they occur on property owned and operated by someone other than the injured victim. Lawyers for victims of these injuries generally refer to these as premises liability cases; that is, legal liability having to do with an injury suffered on someone else’s premises.

They include legal matters involving:

In Riverside and throughout California, owners and occupants of commercial, public, and residential property owe a duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep anyone who visits their property safe from harm. Fulfilling that duty will often involve inspecting the property for dangerous conditions, correcting hazards, and warning or keeping visitors away from hazards.

Property owners and occupants who fail to meet that duty of care to property visitors face potential legal liability to anyone who is hurt on their premises because of a dangerous property condition there.

This potential liability extends, for example, to:

  • Restaurant or grocery store owners who fail to clean up spills;
  • Building owners or management companies that fail to fix loose railings or broken stairs;
  • Homeowners who fail to secure backyard pools or to supervise children on trampolines; and
  • Government entities that do not remove dead tree limbs from trees in public parks.

These are just some examples, of course. In California, property owners and occupants have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for anyone who might visit, which includes children and even trespassers (in some instances).

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we have years of experience in evaluating the circumstances of an injury someone suffers because of a preventable, dangerous condition on someone else’s property. Talk to our team today about the accident or incident at a Riverside property that injured you or a loved one.

Common Premises Liability Injuries

People can suffer injuries of every imaginable type in an accident or incident on someone else’s property.

Gomez Trial Attorneys lawyers draw from a deep well of knowledge about virtually any type of injury a client might have suffered in Riverside, such as:

  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Crushed or traumatically amputated limbs;
  • Severe burns from fire, chemicals, radiation, or electrocution;
  • Illness from acute or long-term toxic exposure;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Neck and back injuries resulting in chronic pain;
  • Severe lacerations, puncture wounds, and disfigurement from animal attacks;
  • Internal injuries and organ damage leading to long-term health complications;
  • Comas and persistent vegetative states; and
  • Death.

Any of the injuries above, and the countless others that occur in an accident or incident on someone’s property in Riverside, can cause victims years of physical, emotional, and financial pain. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we work with injured clients to secure full and fair compensation on their behalf, no matter the type of injury that has upended their lives.

Compensation for Riverside Premises Liability Injuries

Victims of injuries suffered because of unsafe conditions on someone else’s property in Riverside often have the right to seek compensation for their injuries and losses through legal action in California courts. Every premises liability case we handle for clients here at Gomez Trial Attorneys has unique features that factor into the types and amounts of damages a client might expect to recover in a lawsuit.

However, in general, our team can often prepare a legal claim for our client to recover compensation for:

  • Medical costs already incurred, including emergency care, doctor’s visits, prescription medication, hospitalization, surgery, and medical equipment;
  • Estimated future medical expenses related to treating our client’s injury;
  • Lost wages resulting from our client missing work because of an injury;
  • Lost expected earnings if the injury causes a disability that prevents our client from returning to work in the future;
  • Costs of retrofitting a home or vehicle to accommodate our client’s impairments from an injury;
  • The physical and emotional pain and suffering our client suffered because of the incident and injury;
  • Damage to our client’s personal relationships, such as loss of consortium with a spouse; and
  • Our client’s diminished quality of life because of an injury.

In addition, in some cases, a California court might levy punitive damages on the party at fault for our client’s injuries and losses. As the term implies, punitive damages are intended to punish a wrongdoer for a pattern of extreme, harmful behavior. A landlord let his properties run down for years and pose a reckless amount of danger to tenants, for example, may face punitive damages if a tenant suffers harm.

The damages a client might recover in a particular case will often depend on the severity of our client’s injury, the outlook for the client making a full recovery, and the financial resources of the party who owes our client damages. Speak with the Gomez Trial Attorneys team today to find out what types and amounts of damages you may have the right to seek through legal action after getting hurt at someone else’s property in Riverside.

How We Help Clients Injured at Riverside Properties

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our team works closely with clients injured on properties throughout Riverside and the Inland Empire to understand the full scope of harm they have suffered. Then, we get to work planning a legal strategy tailored to our client’s specific situation, aimed at securing maximum compensation for our client’s injuries and losses.

The steps we ask our clients to give us permission to take on their behalf will vary widely from case to case. What works as a strategy in one premises liability may not suit another.

However, in general, the actions we may take to secure full and fair compensation for a client injured because of a dangerous condition on someone’s property in Riverside may include:

  • Investigating the incident or accident that occurred at a Riverside property, to determine who should face legal and financial responsibility for failing to fix, prevent, or warn our client about, a dangerous property condition;
  • Collecting evidence to support a claim for damages on our clients’ behalf, which may include speaking to witnesses, taking photos and videos of an accident scene, and engaging the services of forensic experts to help us understand and prove how an accident or incident happened;
  • Preparing and filing a lawsuit in California court seeking damages against any party our investigation and analysis has revealed to have a legal liability to our client;
  • Negotiating with defense lawyers and insurance companies to achieve a fair and reasonable settlement of our client’s claim, if possible;
  • Communicating with our client regularly to let the client know how the case is going, and to answer any questions the client has; and
  • Arguing our client’s case in court, including at trial if need be, to convince a judge or jury to award our client damages in the event settlement negotiations do not achieve a fair outcome.

We also help our clients by providing legal services they can afford. An initial case consultation with our team is always free of charge. In an initial consultation, we learn about the injuries suffered by someone who comes to us for help, and we try to give a preliminary view of whether that person has a legal claim for damages with which we might help.

Also, if we agree to represent a client in a Riverside premises liability case, we almost always do so on a contingent fee basis. That is an agreement in which we and our client agree on a percentage of any money we recover for our client that our firm gets to keep as its fee. Our client pays us no money upfront, and we only get paid if our client gets paid. Through this arrangement, we offer anyone injured in a premises liability incident in Riverside top-quality legal services, regardless of their current financial resources.

Steps to Take After Getting Hurt in Riverside

The steps you take after suffering harm in an accident or incident on someone else’s property in Riverside can affect your legal rights and financial wellbeing. Following the tips below may help to protect you until you have an opportunity to consult with a lawyer.

Seek Medical Attention and Follow Doctor’s Orders

Oftentimes, the single most important thing a person involved in a potentially harmful accident or incident someone else’s property in Riverside can do to help themselves is to seek immediate, appropriate medical care, and then to do exactly what the doctor tells them. This simple step protects a person’s health, generates important medical records that may help to prove a legal claim for damages, and ensures that no defense lawyer or insurance company can ever argue that the person made their injuries worse by not taking care of themselves.

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we encourage people to seek medical attention after any accident or incident in which they might have gotten hurt, even if they do not feel injured in the moment. That’s because many potentially severe, even life-threatening, injuries do not necessarily exhibit symptoms right away. Doctors, however, can often spot dangerous health conditions with simple tests.

Gather Visual Evidence, if You Can Do so Safely

This isn’t always possible, but if you can, try to gather as much visual evidence as you can at the scene of any harmful accident or incident at a Riverside property. By this, we mean take out your cell phone and start shooting still images or video of the dangerous property condition that caused an injury, before the property owner or manager has a chance to fix it. Images of a broken railing, cracked walkway, or slippery spill on a tile floor, can often supply crucial evidence to prove liability for damages in a Riverside premises liability case.

Say “No, Thanks” to Unsolicited Settlement Offers

Property owners and their insurance companies, either out of the goodness of their hearts or concern for their wallets (or both), will often try to make things right with someone who gets hurt on their premises. A restaurant owner may try to comp a meal. A hotel owner might offer the injured person a free night’s stay in an upgraded room. An insurance company for either of them might call up with an offer of a quick cash payment to smooth things over.

The problem with saying “yes” to any of these offers is that they often come with stated or unstated strings attached. Accepting them could amount to giving up valuable legal rights to take legal action against that property owner and/or to demand payment from the property owner’s liability insurance company. It could also leave you empty-handed when you realize that the value of the offer did not even begin to cover the expense and difficulty the injury has caused you.

So, if a property owner, manager, or insurance company representing either of them, offers to resolve a matter with you directly, say “no, thanks” and instead direct them to your Riverside premises liability lawyer, who can speak to them on your behalf.

Experienced Riverside Premises Liability Attorneys

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Do not wait to seek caring, experienced legal representation after suffering an injury on someone else’s commercial, residential, or public property in Riverside. You may have the right to receive significant financial compensation. To learn more, contact the experienced Riverside premises liability lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys online or by phone at (619) 237-3490 for a free case evaluation.

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