Commercial properties, such as stores and restaurants, can be a surprising source of concealed hazards.
Even everyday sights such as stairwells, puddles left by the janitor, or areas of the building under renovation can lead to unexpected accidents or injuries.
Whether an injury was caused by improper signage leading to a slip and fall injury, or an accident that was brought about by negligent security in an area that was improperly supervised, commercial properties can serve as the site for a wide number of potential injuries. These injuries can be more numerous – and more dangerous – than you may be expecting, and if you’ve been the victim of an injury on a commercial property it’s important to know your rights and understand how you can seek justice.
What are commercial property injuries?
Commercial property injuries can cover a wide range of physical injuries and their related side effects, such as pain and suffering. Slip-and-fall injuries, head trauma, collisions between a pedestrian and a vehicle, and even assaults by other patrons on commercial property can all fall under this umbrella. With injuries like this, the area of focus is the location of the accident itself. The common factor in all commercial property injuries is the fact that they occurred on property that is being used for commercial purposes, including banks, shopping centers, hotels, and bars, and this connection will play a large role in how your case is handled.
In California, injuries occurring on commercial property are handled by premises liability law, which is controlled by California Civil Code 1714(a). This code states that property owners and their tenants (such as store owners inside a mall or shopping center) have a legal responsibility to make sure their property is reasonably free of hazards that could injure a guest during the course of their normal activities on the premises, whether that be shopping, dining, exercising, or whatever else they came here to do. Some of the ways this responsibility can be met is to install security measures like cameras, ensure hazardous areas are carefully marked and properly blocked off, and make sure all designated walkways are carefully cleaned and maintained to prevent accidental trips or other injuries. If your injury can be proven to be the result of a property owner willfully disregarding these or other reasonable safety measures, you may have been the victim of a commercial property injury.
Common injuries suffered on commercial property
What are my options if I have suffered an injury on commercial property?
If you’ve been the victim of an injury on a commercial property, The Wallace Firm may be able to help. Our team of compassionate and skilled lawyers can help you determine if the injury was caused by negligence on the part of the property owner, and will help you build a case to seek damages against the property owner for their lack of reasonable care in preventing this injury.
Available damages in a commercial property injury case can include:
- Medical expenses
- In-home assistance/long-term care during recovery
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
among others. The sort of damages you may be awarded will vary depending on the circumstances of your case, but The Wallace Firm will fight to get your life back on track after suffering an injury on commercial property.
Contact a commercial property injury attorney today
The factors surrounding an injury on commercial property can be complex, but The Wallace Firm has lawyers with the experience and talent you need to stand up to even the biggest commercial property management teams. When it comes to personal injuries of any kind, you need someone on your side who will protect your best interests – you need the personal touch of The Wallace Firm. Contact us today to get started on your case.