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Hold Property Owners Accountable With Premises Liability

When a dangerous property condition causes injury, California’s premises liability laws can hold property owners financially responsible. Premises liability cases can encompass a broad spectrum of issues, from uniform building code violations to improper maintenance or management. In addition, they can involve defective design or construction that leads to injury or death on public or private property.

If you are considering a lawyer for a premises liability case, here are a few things to consider when selecting one.

At Abraham Smith & Waldsmith, LLP, our trial lawyers have the experience and the resources to effectively litigate against private property owners, government entities, owners of large properties such as shopping malls and apartment complexes, landlords, property management companies and insurers. We know how to identify negligent conduct and work to obtain fair compensation.

Experienced Help After An Accident On Public Or Private Property

Our premises liability practice includes representation for accidents related to improper maintenance, poor construction, inadequate warnings, insufficient lighting, inadequate handrails or stairs and other premises defects. Our attorneys handle cases that involve:

  • Falling objects or debris
  • Slip-and-falls or trip-and-falls in stairwells with nonuniform step heights or broken railings
  • Deck and stairway collapses due to negligent construction
  • Playground equipment failure
  • Defective elevators or escalators (shoes, clothing or feet becoming entrapped because of brush guard problems)
  • Hazardous doors or windows that may allow falls when screens or required tempered glass is missing
  • Assaults or break-ins due to negligent security or insufficient window and door locks, fencing or guarding equipment, and security

With the advent of online peer-to-peer vacation property rental markets like Airbnb and VRBO (vacation rentals by owner) comes a host of potentially complicated legal issues. Participation in this market often requires users to complete lengthy, self-serving agreements that contain general liability releases. However, this does not necessarily mean you cannot bring a premises liability claim. We would be happy to explain this in more detail after reviewing your case.

Making Use Of Technological Advances

Our advanced use of courtroom technology and electronic case presentation allows us to get the results our clients need. has been on the forefront of using technology in litigation and at trial. We learned long ago that with technology, we can more convincingly present premises liability cases by clarifying complex architectural and engineering issues, highlighting inconsistencies in testimony, and presenting medical information in a way that will help the jury understand the consequences of our client’s catastrophic injury.

If you were injured on an unsafe property, you may be able to bring an injury claim against the property owner or landlord, the property manager or management company, a private security company, a maintenance company, or even a builder. In fact, depending upon the circumstances of the incident, there may be more than one culpable party.

To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call 415-421-7995 or toll-free at 888-745-2988, or send us an email.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner

Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

William B. Smith

William B. Smith

Partner, 1978

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