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Fair Compensation for Injuries Caused by Public Property Hazards in Los Angeles

Every year, millions of Californians use our roads, visit buildings like the Los Angeles Public Library, and enjoy other public landmarks such as Griffith Park. You deserve to be safe when you do. You have the right to seek compensation for injuries that take place on public property, just like you have the right to pursue compensation when a private business fails to take sensible precautions such as fixing a loose handrail or putting up warning signs to protect you from slipping and falling on a wet floor.

If you were injured as a result of hazardous conditions along the roadway, at a park or public building, or on any other type of public property in Los Angeles, there are filing deadlines and other restrictions that make it difficult to seek compensation. That’s why it’s important to find a premises liability lawyer who has experience with these types of cases.

At Peterson Law Group PC, we’ve been winning lawsuits against local governments and state agencies for over 35 years. Our founder, John S. Peterson, has considerable knowledge about the law and a history of prevailing in court.

Our firm was selected for the Best Law Firms award by Best Lawyers, and we have been featured in U.S. News & World Report. John is regularly asked to speak about legal issues on local television shows and national radio broadcasts.

Call (213) 236-9720 to learn more today.

Premises Liability Cases on Public Property

Everyone has a duty of care to prevent reasonably foreseeable injuries from occurring. That’s why property owners are required to eliminate hazards that may cause harm. A property owner’s legal responsibility for injuries caused by unsafe conditions that exist as a result of negligence is referred to as premises liability.

Like private businesses and individuals, state agencies, local governments, and public officials are subject to premises liability claims and lawsuits for injuries that occur on public property.

There are certain legal requirements that have to be met by plaintiffs in these cases. First of all, you must establish that a public official was acting within the course and scope of their duties and carrying out a government function when they performed an act of negligence that caused your injuries. The government is not liable for actions committed by public employees when they are off-duty.

To file a successful claim, your Los Angeles public property premises liability attorney will have to demonstrate the following:

  1. A dangerous condition existed.
  2. This dangerous condition caused your injury.
  3. The dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk that an injury would occur.
  4. Public officials had been previously notified about the dangerous condition, or they should have known about it.
  5. Public officials had enough time to address the dangerous condition before your injuries occurred.

Liability for Injuries on Public Property

When it comes to injuries that happen on public property, state law, regulations, and legal precedents determine which types of dangerous conditions are subject to liability. The California Tort Claims Act (CTCA) and other legislation designate the circumstances when public officials may be held liable. This includes the failure to perform mandatory duties as they relate to:

  • Road maintenance
  • Traffic control
  • Construction zones
  • Public transportation
  • Building maintenance
  • Public safety
  • Construction codes

What Are Dangerous Conditions?

The State of California, counties, municipalities, political subdivisions, and government agencies are all required to take action to ensure that guests, visitors, and employees are reasonably safe when using public property. Public officials may be held liable for injuries that result from poorly designed facilities, substandard building materials, inadequate construction techniques, lack of effective oversight, failure to respond to public complaints, and other forms of negligence.

Examples of dangerous conditions that cause injuries on public property include:

  • Uneven or broken stairs
  • Missing or obscured road signs
  • Large potholes
  • Loose or missing handrails
  • Sudden highway drop-offs
  • Defective playground equipment
  • Broken pavement
  • Negligent security
  • Defective roads
  • Raised sidewalks
  • Poorly regulated intersections
  • Missing guardrails
  • Fall hazards
  • Unmarked wet floors
  • Unsafe structures
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Toxic exposure
  • Public pools without adequate fencing, warning signs, and self-closing and self-latching gates

We Know How To Take On the Government and Win

Nobody is above the law, not even government officials. At Peterson Law Group PC, we hold people accountable for careless behavior that harms others. Call (213) 236-9720 to speak with one of our experienced Los Angeles attorneys today.

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