In general, the law requires property owners or managers to take steps to ensure the safety of the premises for their customers, tenants or guests. When people are invited into a store or an apartment complex and suffer an injury, the owners or managers can be liable for the injuries.
At Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C., we seek financial compensation for the damages people suffer due to the negligence of property owners. If your accident was caused by negligent care or maintenance, we will pursue full and fair compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages or income, and other damages.
Oakland Slip-and-Fall Injury Lawyer
Slip-and-fall accidents are often caused by dangerous roadways, sidewalks, store fronts or common areas of apartment complexes. Both public and private owners are responsible for maintaining safe property for their guests and the public.
- Parking lots: It is common for parked cars to leak oil and other slippery liquids into a parking space. If you walk across that space you may slip in those leaked fluids. Concrete parking stops must be accurately placed. Often, parking blocks are not anchored correctly and move, or break apart, resulting in a dangerous walking and driving surface.
- Public stairs: Stairs in public places or apartment complexes can often fall into disrepair creating an unsafe walking surface. Many times, the hand rails that accompany stairs are broken or not installed properly. Either of these situations can lead to a serious injury.
- Sidewalks and roadways: These public spaces can become unsafe when they present an uneven surface. Sidewalks can be damaged by tree roots, weather cracks or improper construction. The most persistent problem with roadways is potholes. If your accident was caused by the dangerous or unsafe condition of a roadway, you may have a liability claim against the city or state.
- Apartment complexes: The common areas of apartment complexes — stairs, parking garages, pool or laundry facilities — can fall into disrepair from excessive use. Landlords and property owners have a responsibility to maintain the safety of these areas and identify and address conditions that need to be fixed.
It is important to remember that if you are bringing a lawsuit against a public entity, you must file a claim within six months of the initial event. We encourage you to contact an attorney skilled in premises liability litigation immediately.
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The law firm of Bracamontes & Vlasak, P.C. provides legal advice and representation in San Francisco and communities throughout California. Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers.