Proactive Defenses Against Premises Liability Lawsuits
There is an old saying in sports that “the best defense is a good offense,” and taking a proactive stance toward premises liability can go a long way to address some of the legal vulnerabilities that organizations face in this area.
Attorney Katherine R. Moore, the founder of The Law Office of Katherine R. Moore, has two decades of experience offering corporate defense services in premises liability cases. She has also provided representation to plaintiffs in other areas of personal injury law, so she can see your case from a unique perspective. Our firm’s lawyers can help you anticipate how opposing counsel will respond to your offers or legal motions, and find solutions that will resolve the situation for you.
How To Protect Yourself Against Premises Liability Lawsuits
Premises liability situations can arise in numerous ways — from a slip-and-fall accident on a slippery floor to a tumble into an unmarked pothole in your parking lot. California law provides defendants with several tools to mitigate the claims of negligence. Your company can benefit in the long run if you commit to:
- Inspect — Look for hazards on your property regularly and log these inspections
- Correct — Clean up any hazards you find, as soon as they are discovered
- Warn — Display a warning of the hazard or block off the area until the cleanup is done
How Assumed Risk And Comparative Negligence Influence Injury Claims
Another tool to prevent this type of lawsuit is to make sure visitors or customers are aware of any assumed risk they might take on by entering your property. If your business operations document conditions prior to and at the time of the accident, you may also be able to present evidence that the plaintiff is partially responsible for his or her injury due to reckless behavior. California is a “comparative negligence state,” so a plaintiff’s award against your company will be reduced by the percentage that he or she is found to be at fault for the accident.
Let Us Protect Your Business Interests
Our firm is based in Redwood City and provides premises liability defense services to companies in the Bay Area and elsewhere in California. For a frank assessment of your case, call us at 650-399-0752, or email us using our online intake form.