Huntington Beach Premises Liability Lawyer

Property owners throughout the Huntington Beach area have a legal responsibility to properly maintain their properties. If a lawful visitor to any property suffers an injury due to the property owner’s failure to maintain the premises, they should speak with an attorney. The visitor may have grounds for a personal injury claim under California’s premises liability laws.

If you or a loved one recently experienced any kind of injury at a retail store, private business, residence, or any other establishment open to the public, contact our firm. Your legal team can help you determine whether the property owner is liable for your damages, which may include expensive medical bills, lost income, and more.

Representing Premises Liability Claims in Huntington Beach

The team at Easton & Easton has more than 100 years of combined professional experience practicing California civil law. If you need legal representation after an injury like a slip and fall that you believe occurred due to a property owner’s failure to maintain their property adequately, call our office. We can help you determine the swiftest route to securing compensation for your losses. Our team is accustomed to handling difficult claims involving substantial damages and unclear liability.

Rest assured, when you choose Easton & Easton as your Huntington Beach premises liability attorneys, you are securing legal representation from one of the most highly experienced teams of civil litigators in Orange County.

We believe in individualized legal representation for every client we accept. When you meet with our team during your initial case evaluation, we will review the details of your injuries, assess the full scope of your claimable damages, and determine the likelihood of success with your premises liability claim. California state law is quite clear on the legal duties of private property owners, and Easton & Easton can help you recover when a property owner has failed to meet these duties.

How Does a Premises Liability Claim Work?

A premises liability claim is a form of personal injury claim filed in civil court. The plaintiff, or the injured party claiming damages, creates their claim by identifying the defendant, or party responsible for the injury in question. Their initial Complaint must explain the plaintiff’s claim in full, including their reasoning for assigning liability to the defendant, available evidence, and proof of damages. At this point, there are several possible outcomes.

After the plaintiff and their Huntington Beach premises liability lawyer file their Complaint with the local courthouse, the defendant will have an opportunity to answer. The defendant may accept liability and agree to settlement negotiations or deny liability and demand a trial. The former is typically the swiftest route to resolution for all parties involved in a premises liability claim. However, if the defendant contests liability, disputes their responsibility for certain damages, or otherwise disagrees with elements of the plaintiff’s Complaint, the parties must either negotiate a settlement or proceed to a trial.

Proving Premises Liability

In any personal injury claim, the plaintiff must establish the defendant was negligent in some way that directly caused the plaintiff’s claimed damages. California state law requires property owners to take reasonable steps to ensure their properties are as safe as possible for lawful visitors. “Lawful” is an important distinction as California state law does not provide legal protection for trespassers, burglars, or intruders who do not have permission to enter a property. For example, suppose a person breaks into a private residence with the intent to burglarize the property and falls down an unmarked flight of broken stairs. In that case, they will not have legal grounds for a premises liability claim since they were not lawfully present on the property.

Lawful visitors include individuals invited onto the property for the property owner’s own purposes. These invitees can include friends, relatives, and neighbors visiting for social reasons. Lawful visitors may also include people visiting the property for their own purposes with the owner’s express or implied permission to enter the property. These licensees often include mail carriers, utility workers, or contractors.

To succeed with a premises liability claim, the plaintiff must prove they were lawfully present on the property where the injury occurred. Next, they must show that the dangerous element responsible for their injury was a foreseeable hazard and that the property owner failed to take reasonable steps to correct the problem. Finally, it’s important to prove that the property owner has the knowledge of the hazard and the opportunity to fix it prior to the injury taking place. Plaintiffs must show that if they had taken more immediate action, the injury could have been avoided.

Possible Recovery from a Successful Premises Liability Claim

Your Huntington Beach premises liability attorney can help you recover any and all losses resulting from your experience. Like most personal injury claims, premises liability claims allow plaintiffs to claim compensatory damages for direct expenses incurred from the negligence of other parties:

  • If a plaintiff suffered physical injury, they can claim the cost of treatment as well as expected future medical costs related to their injury.
  • When plaintiffs’ injuries force them to miss work, they may claim lost income during recovery as well as lost future earnings if their injuries leave them unable to work in the future.
  • An injury from a premises liability incident can be incredibly painful or even result in trauma and emotional distress if it results in a permanent injury. California state law allows personal injury claimants to receive compensation for pain and suffering in proportion to their other damages.

In most premises liability claims, the plaintiff and the defendant property owner will settle the claim privately. However, if the defendant contests liability, the case could proceed to litigation, which will cost much more money and a great deal more time than settlement for all parties involved.

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Easton & Easton have successfully handled many difficult premises liability claims for Huntington Beach clients. We understand the complexities these cases often entail and how to maximize our clients’ recoveries. If you believe a recent injury occurred due to a property owner’s failure to address a preventable safety hazard, contact Easton & Easton to discuss your options with an experienced and reliable Huntington Beach premises liability lawyer.

Fall From Ladder Placed On Scaffolding By Our Client

Easton & Easton recently acquired $2,000,000 for a client who fell from a 2 story scaffolding while assisting the HOA President in trying to remove eaves on the second story of a townhome façade. The HOA President had negligently erected the scaffolding, but the Defendants contended that our client had negligently brought a ladder to the top of the scaffold and was working on the ladder when he fell. The Defendants also argued that our client had actually climbed onto the roof of the building and become dizzy before he fell, such that they believed he was 100% liable for his own injuries, regardless of whether he fell from the roof or the ladder he negligently brought on top of the scaffold.

In the litigation process, we discovered that the HOA had no workers compensation insurance and that the HOA President did not have a contractor’s license for this kind of work. Because work on a scaffold requires a contractor’s license, we used regulations under the Labor Code to show that our client was technically an “employee” of the HOA at the time of his injury, such that this was actually an employment-related injury. However, because the HOA had no workers compensation insurance to pay for employee injuries, this employment-related injury was therefore presumed to result from employer negligence under the Labor Code. Additionally, we showed that these laws prevented the employer from claiming any comparative negligence, assumption of the risk, or co-employee negligence defenses that they would have used to shift the blame to our client, thereby essentially making the HOA strictly liable for our client’s injuries, which included multiple skull fractures and a traumatic brain injury. Through this intricate strategy of legal of reasoning, we convinced the HOA’s insurance carrier of their liability in this matter, even if our client had been on the roof or a ladder on the scaffolding when he fell, such that they paid their full $2,000,000 policy limits.

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Firm Awards

The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen by the LA Times Reader's Choice Poll as "The Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Orange County" for 2018.

Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by TopVerdict.com.

Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen as one of the "10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms” in all of Southern California" each year Since 2015 based on client satisfaction — one of the highest honors we could ever hope to achieve.

Easton & Easton received the “People Love Us On Yelp” award in 2016 due to the exceptional client satisfaction reviews given by our clients over the years.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been featured as Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for California since 2015 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.

Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.

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“We look for the human story behind every injury or wrongful death. We prepare our cases for trial; reaching out to the jury with the most compelling evidence possible for the best verdict possible. Insurance companies know this and come to the table prepared to negotiate in good faith. Call us to see how we can turn your story into fair compensation.”

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Coming out of my first auto accident as an adult, a very difficult and scary time to navigate and understand, I was so incredibly thankful to have been put in contact with Easton & Easton. I honestly was lost with how to handle paperwork, doctors, medical costs and what next steps were, and from the moment I spoke with Travis Easton and my case manager Katie, my mind was put at ease. They have made the entire process stress free for me as I recovered, and I am so grateful for them and their genuine care for my case. Communication from the start has been fantastic, especially making clear what my expectations for the entire process would look like, and I truly believe they have my best interest at heart. 100% I would recommend their firm for anyone that is needing representation!

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My experience with Easton & Easton has been amazing! Gabriel Mendoza and my case manager Katie have been so helpful and taken so much stress off my plate. They’ve been super informative and honest and given me very clear expectations. They’ve taken such a terrible experience (my accident) and eased my mind about the outcome. I can’t thank them enough!!

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The Easton & Easton Law Firm is amazing! The entire team is very helpful and caring. They were always there to answer all my questions. They directed me through the entire process and stayed with me every step of the way. This team is outstanding and were wonderful to work with. Because of the tremendous effort they put on my case they were able to win my difficult personal injury case. I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm to handle my case. They are the Best! Thank you for your patience, professionalism, & guidance! I definitely recommend this firm to handle your case. They go out of their way to fight for your rights. THANK YOU…

Sofia Sanchez

I could not be more pleased with the services provided by the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton. The senior partner Mr. Easton took the time to meet with me and my wife while I was still in the hospital, where he gave my family hope that there was light at the end of a very long, and very dark tunnel. Matt Easton then worked my case, and because of his dedication, experience and expertise I received a settlement that was larger than I EVER thought possible. It was truly astounding! Matt and the entire team at Easton & Easton looked out for me throughout my recovery, and in the end they gave me my life back. Five stars is not enough. Thanks Matt! Thanks Easton & Easton!

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Logan Ross

I can’t say enough amazing things about my experience with Travis Easton at Easton & Easton. Travis and his entire team (Katie, Amy, Dee, Michelle, & Araceli) are phenomenal. It provided me a lot of comfort to know I was being so well taken care of. I was especially impressed that every document for the case was perfectly written and specific to me. Nothing was generic, which shows the level of care and attention they put into each individual case. I had such a great experience and would highly recommend Travis Easton and his firm to anyone going through a personal injury. Travis took a bad situation and made the best of it for me. Thank you again, I’m forever grateful!!

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Retaining Easton and Easton was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From the initial consultation to our final meeting, they were nothing short of exceptional. I was forced to retain their services after firing my previous attorney for not handling the case properly. I dealt with Gabriel and Brian (partner) exclusively throughout the case. They did as promised and were great communicators throughout the entire process. I will recommend them to anyone I know going through a personal injury case. They were ultimately able to untangle the mess caused by my previous lawyer and get a result that I was extremely happy with. Their staff is exceptional as well and provided top notch customer service. Amera was also extremely helpful and easy to deal with as well.

Jeffrey N.

I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

Mark B.

They are the best law firm in Orange County period. Choosing them to represent me was the best decision of my life.
My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
I was treated with utmost respect and I felt like I was being represented by a close family member. The responses to my questions were quick and clear. What E & E has done for me is phenomenal.
My sincere thanks to Brian, Matt, Travis, Doug, Gabriel and Amera. They are what they are because of their dedication to provide high quality and professional service to their clients.

Vamsi P.

Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

They are the BEST!

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I have nothing but good things to say about Easton and Easton. Brian handled my case professionally and communicated with me effectively throughout the process. He made sure that the process was effortless and as hands free as possible. This was super important for my busy schedule. I highly recommend Easton and Easton if you are ever found in a situation that you need an attorney.

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I would highly recommend Easton & Easton.
I was rear ended on my home and pushed into a semi-truck. I was not sure how to go about even using an attorney.
Brian, Gab and Amera were so good about helping me thru the process and representing me.
I was able to concentrate on getting myself better knowing they had my back, taking care of the details and keeping me informed along the way

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The best Law firm by far. I would highly recommend Easton & Easton, LLP and ask for Gabriel Mendoza and staff. He and his colleagues did and exceptional service. Thank you for everything. Job well done!

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