Orange County Premises Liability Lawyers

When you visit anyone else’s property legally in Orange County, there is a reasonable expectation for the property to be safe and free from potential hazards that could injure you while on the property. Unfortunately, not all property owners maintain safe premises. If you were hurt on someone else’s property due to their negligent care of the property, an Orange County premises liability lawyer can help determine your most viable options moving forward.

Orange County Premises Liability Attorneys

Many have the erroneous belief that if you slip, trip, fall, or are otherwise injured on someone else’s property they must pay for your damages. This is true only if you can also prove that the condition on the property that caused your injury was unreasonably dangerous and was either created by the property owner or has existed long enough that it should have been corrected or warned of.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of professional experience handling all types of complex civil claims for damages in Orange County, including those that fall within the purview of premises liability law. If you need legal counsel you can trust to help build an effective case against a negligent property owner, we are confident in our ability to help prove fault for your damages and maximize your compensation in an efficient manner.

Recovery from a slip and fall or other incident on another party’s property requires a keen understanding of the state’s premises liability laws as well as the evidence needed to substantiate your claim for damages. The average person may not realize they are entitled to much more compensation than they initially expected. The right attorney is the ideal asset for winning your case and maximizing the compensation you secure from a defendant.

Unreasonably Dangerous Condition

Liability may be difficult to prove because the unreasonably dangerous condition may be altered or repaired before it is photographed or viewed by others. Puddles of water, for example, get mopped up. Early involvement of the attorneys at Easton & Easton, LLP is helpful and often essential in preserving the evidence necessary to win the case. Some of the types of accidents that occur due to unreasonably dangerous conditions are slip and falls, trip and falls, animal bites, swimming pool accidents, construction accidents, fires, inadequate security or protection, explosions, falling tree limbs, collapsing chairs, landslides, and virtually any type of accident occurring on someone else’s property that causes a personal injury due to an unreasonably dangerous condition.

At Easton & Easton, LLP, we have represented many clients in all types of premises liability actions arising out of unreasonably dangerous conditions from slip and falls to trip and falls to construction accidents to falls into open grease pits at a restaurant to falls into an open sewer at an amusement park to being struck by a falling tree branch at a city park.

At Easton & Easton, LLP, our combined 70 years of experience allow us to seamlessly assess and coordinate medical care to make certain the full extent of our clients’ injuries are identified, treated, and provable.

Our personal injury attorneys in Orange County understand the tricks, stratagems, and defenses the insurance companies and their attorneys use to defeat or minimize a claim, and at Easton & Easton, LLP, we utilize our experience, skill, and dedication to make certain our clients do not fall victim to the insurance companies’ tricks and stratagems.

Please call us at 800-461-8259 for a free initial consultation. If our lawyers do not take your case, there is no charge.

3 Things You Should Know After A Premises Accident in Orange County, CA

Photograph the unreasonably dangerous condition that caused your injury.

Do not talk to the insurance company or give a written or recorded statement to the insurance company without talking to the Easton & Easton, LLP.

Call Easton & Easton, LLP as soon as possible so we can advise you what to do next.

If you plan to file any type of personal injury case, you have a limited time in which to do so. It’s vital to connect with a trustworthy Orange County premises liability lawyer as soon as you are able after your accident to ensure you meet the deadline for filing your case. Additionally, it will help ensure you can secure the vital evidence you may need to firmly establish liability.

A premises liability claim could be more complex than you initially realize, and the sooner you secure legal representation, the more time your Orange County premises liability lawyer will have to build a compelling case for you. Easton & Easton accepts every personal injury case with the goal of helping our clients secure as much compensation for their damages as state law allows.

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.

This is just one example of the success our firm has had in representing victims of property owner negligence in Orange County. If you are unsure whether you have grounds to file a premises liability claim, it is vital that you contact an Orange County premises liability lawyer as soon as possible after your accident so you have the greatest chance of success with the recovery efforts you attempt.

Compensation in Premises Liability Claims in Orange County

A premises liability claim is a form of personal injury claim, and the ultimate objective of any personal injury claim is for the plaintiff to be made whole again after suffering harm from a defendant’s actions. Your Orange County premises liability lawyer can help you recover compensation for all the economic losses you incurred from the incident, as well as compensation for projected future losses and your pain and suffering.

Easton & Easton can work closely with you to help determine the full scope of damages that you could potentially include in your claim. We can help calculate projected future losses like ongoing medical treatment costs for a severe injury and lost earning potential if you have been permanently disabled. We can also aim to maximize the pain and suffering compensation you secure from the defendant.


Q: How Do You Prove Fault in a Premises Liability Case?

A: Success with your impending premises liability claim will require proving that the property owner failed to address a foreseeable safety issue that directly caused your injury. You must also prove that you were legally present on the property and that it was not an open and obvious hazard that caused your damages. If you are found partially liable for your accident, it will diminish the compensation you secure from the defendant.

Q: What Is the Statute of Limitations for Premises Liability?

A: The statute of limitations is the time limit for filing a particular type of case. A premises liability claim is a type of personal injury claim, and California upholds a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. This statute begins on the date your injury occurred, and if you do not file your claim within the statute of limitations, you will lose your chance to recover compensation for your damages from the defendant.

Q: How Does Comparative Fault Work in Premises Liability Claims?

A: The state enforces the pure comparative fault statute, which means each party found liable for the damages cited in a claim will lose a percentage of the total compensation won from the at-fault driver. For example, 10% fault means losing 10% of the case award, 30% fault would mean losing 30%, and it’s possible for the plaintiff to be found more at fault than the defendant and still recover compensation.

Q: Why Should I Hire an Orange County Premises Liability Lawyer?

A: An experienced attorney can make handling your claim much easier, and you will be more likely to maximize your total compensation with their assistance. When you have Easton & Easton representing you, you will have a dedicated legal advocate ready to provide answers to your questions and updates on your case’s progress so you can rest and recover with peace of mind. You’re more likely to win your case with their guidance and support.

Q: What Are Attorney Fees for an Orange County Premises Liability Lawyer?

A: The team at Easton & Easton uses a contingency fee policy to bill our clients, meaning you will not pay any upfront or ongoing attorney fees for our representation. Instead, we will take a percentage of your final case award as our fee, and only if and when we win your case. There is no fee at all if we are unable to obtain compensation for your damages, so there is no economic risk in choosing our team to represent your case.

You may have many more pressing legal questions in the aftermath of your premises liability accident in Orange County, and the sooner you connect to an attorney you can trust, the sooner you can get the answers you need in this difficult situation. Contact Easton & Easton today to schedule a free consultation with an Orange County premises liability lawyer and learn more about the legal services we provide.

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