Premises Liability

Walnut Creek and East Bay Area businesses have an obligation to provide safe areas for you to shop, eat and enjoy entertainment. The premises of these company’s are expected to be free from dangerous surfaces or obstacles. If danger exists, you should be notified clearly so you can avoid getting hurt. Unfortunately, some businesses do not do their duty in protecting their customers. When you or someone you care about are hurt due to this kind of negligence, you have the right to pursue damages from the responsible business.

At Appel Law Firm LLP, we have attorneys on staff to guide you through the complicated process of pursuing legal action. Our firm is committed to helping everyday people put things right with irresponsible businesses, getting them the money they need to pay for their medical care and the lost wages that often result from premises liability injuries. Contact us now to see how we can help.

Common Premises Liability Cases

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are the most well-known type of premises liability case. When you are shopping or dining you expect to have a safe surface to walk on. Yet, some businesses fail to mark slippery surfaces or damaged walkways. Slipping or tripping can have disastrous effects in certain circumstances, leading to broken bones, brain injuries, and spinal injuries.

Dog Bites

Dog bites are accidents that should be completely avoidable. Landlords are supposed to protect tenants by excluding dangerous breeds in the leasing process, but some fail to enforce their own rules. You may be able to pursue damages when you are bitten – either from the dog owner or from the landlord.

Negligent Security

Apartment complexes and parking garages are some of the most common areas where security is allowed to relax, either due to the carelessness of the business owner or in an effort to cut corners and save money. Unfortunately, lax security can lead to an increased risk of criminal activity, putting tenants and customers at risk.

Balcony or Porch Collapses

Locations of Premises Liability Accidents

  • Restaurants
  • Steps
  • Sidewalks
  • Stores
  • Parking lots
  • Public transit

The Bay Area offers so much to see and do for residents and visitors alike. The area has some of the best dining, shopping and entertainment in the world. From fantastic restaurants to national parks, the options are endless.

Each restaurant, shop and business has an obligation to the public to provide safe premises. All of these locations are potential places where a business or an employee can be negligent or careless, leading to dangerous circumstances. If you are hurt due to such negligence, you may have the option of pursuing legal action against the responsible party.

Determining Who Is At Fault

For you to have a successful premises liability case, you will need to prove that the business or company was negligent in its behavior, which led to your injury. The attorneys at Appel Law Firm have extensive experience in proving fault in such cases. Through investigation and witness testimony, we can examine the area where you were hurt and find the necessary evidence to demonstrate that the business was responsible. With fault proven, the court can rule in your favor and award you the damages you are entitled to.

Contact Our Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a premises liability accident, your first step should always be to seek medical attention. Let the doctor know what happened so there will be a record of your injuries following the incident. After you have received medical care, your next step should be to contact the attorneys at Appel Law Firm LLP.

California gives you two years to file a lawsuit against a privately owned business. If you are filing against a government agency, you only have six months from the date of the injury. Please contact us now so we can get started on your case. We offer free initial consultations, so it will cost you nothing to get experienced legal advice about your possible next steps.