dWere you hurt while on someone else’s property? Did you suffer an injury while visiting someone else’s property because of something they did (or failed to do?) If so, then you very well may have what’s called a “premises liability” case. When you’re visiting someone else’s property, the property owner has a duty of care to protect you from known hazards, to prevent them. If they fail to uphold that duty, directly leading to you or someone you love being injured, then California premises liability lawyer Belal Hamideh can help.
If you believe there’s even a chance that you were harmed due to someone negligently maintaining their property, it’s worth it to reach out for a free case evaluation. Drawing upon his years of experience, Belal can let you know the truth about your case as well as how he and the rest of the team here can help. Hablamos Espanol.
Damages You Can Receive in a Premises Liability Case
The damages you could receive for your premises liability case depend upon your situation. While every case is different, just about every premises liability case that Belal wins includes both economic as well as non-economic damages.
Economic damages are compensation for the tangible costs of your injury. Essentially, these damages are for the “out-of-pocket” costs you’ve had to pay as a result of the accident. These can include the medical bills that have piled up, any medical treatments you require, therapy, doctor’s visits, rehabilitation, medication, and more.
However, economic damages aren’t limited to just medical costs. Indeed, these can also include any wages you lost on account of being unable to work your job as a result of the injury. This can also include wages that you would have made in the future that you aren’t able to because of your accident, any travel costs, and others.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are compensation for intangible losses you have suffered. These damages are for emotional losses. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, then it’s entirely possible (if not likely) that you’ve suffered significant pain and suffering, trauma, emotional distress, and worse. Maybe your quality of life has been reduced, you’ve lost consortium, and more. If so, then you very well could be eligible for non-economic damages.
In the worst premises liability cases, a life can be lost. Belal Hamideh can help you to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While no compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one, Belal can help you to receive compensation for, in addition to the compensation mentioned above, funeral costs and more. That way, you can have something with which to start the next phase of your life.
In some premises liability cases, clients may receive punitive damages as well. While rare, these are damages the judge would use to punish the defendant.
When you sit down with Belal, he can let you know exactly what damages you can claim. Then, he can get right to work ensuring that you receive everything you should.
Slip and Fall Accidents: Perhaps the Most Common Type of Premises Liability Case
Of all of the premises liability cases that Belal Hamideh has handled, those involving slip and fall accidents may be the ones that occur the most. They can happen essentially anywhere. At a store, in a parking lot, in a restaurant, an amusement park, a construction site, on an escalator, in an elevator, at an Airbnb, or anywhere else – you can slip, fall, and be injured. If that happens to you or someone you love, you may very well have a case.
For example, many of the cases involve a railing that wasn’t as secure as it should have been, a wet or slick floor, cracks on the ground, and something similar.
Often, a victim may be unsure as to whether or not they have a slip and fall case only to speak to an attorney and realize that they actually have a strong one. The worst that can happen if you reach out to Belal for a free case evaluation is to hear that he may not believe you have the strongest case at this time. But, so often, a client finds out that they have a strong case indeed.
Types of Premises Liability Cases Belal Hamideh Handles
There are many different kinds of premises liability cases that Belal can handle in addition to those involving slip and fall accidents.
When you’re on someone else’s property, when you’re their guest, their duty of care is to keep you reasonably safe from what are called “known hazards.” Those known hazards can include physical crimes such as assault. If the property owner didn’t take safety measures to keep you safe or, alternatively, didn’t make you aware of hazards, then they could be liable if you’re injured.
This could include the owner not having enough security at your hotel, stadium, theme park, mall, parking lot, apartment building, or anywhere else.
Accidents Involving Elevators and Escalators
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that “incidents involving elevators and escalators kill about 30 and seriously injure about 17,000 people each year in the United States.” If you or someone you love were injured on an elevator or escalator due to someone else’s negligence, we can help.
Accidents at a Pool
If you’re a guest at someone else’s home, they have a duty to make sure their property is safe. This includes their swimming pool as well. Should they violate that duty and it lead to you being injured in a swimming pool accident, contact us.
Attacks by Animals
Should you be visiting someone and you’re attacked and injured by their animal, whether it’s a dog bite, snake bite, or something else, then you very well may deserve compensation.
The above constitute just some of the premises liability cases that Belal Hamideh can handle. If you believe that you were injured on someone else’s property due to their actions or their negligence, we encourage you to contact us for a free case evaluation.
What Must Be Proven in a Premises Liability Case
There are four significant elements that have to be proven in a premises liability case. Belal Hamideh has a proven track record of doing so for his clients. We have to be able to prove that the defendant owned or controlled the property when your accident occurred. That means proving that we’ve brought a case against the right defendant and that it was indeed them that breached their duty of care to maintain their property.
We also have to be able to prove that they were negligent, that they didn’t use the proper degree of care. A significant portion of proving this is proving that you were allowed to be on the property. We have to be able to prove that you were a guest, that you were invited, and so forth. If you were trespassing, for example, then you most likely do not have a premises liability case.
Additionally, we must prove that the negligence of the defendant directly caused your injury or was a significant component of your injury. We have to prove that the defendant not only had a duty of care to you and they breached that duty, but also, that breach is what caused your accident. You don’t have a premises liability case if something else caused your accident.
Lastly, we must prove that the accident injured you, harmed you, etc. Between your medical bills, video and photographic evidence and more, we can prove this as well.
Who Could Be Liable for Your Premises Liability Accident
For the most part, the liable party in a premises liability case is going to be the owner of the property. They were the ones who acted negligently in a way that breached their duty of care and caused your injury. However, they might not be the only liable party.
For example, it could be that, depending on where your premises liability injury occurred, the landlord could be liable as well as a property management company. A store owner could be liable as could the big box store company. Restaurants as well as employees, homeowners, business owners, and so forth. Many parties can be liable in a premises liability case.
When Belal Hamideh takes a premises liability case, he conducts a thorough investigation to find everyone who’s liable. Then, he brings a case against all of them, representing his clients as aggressively as possible. That way, he’s able to get maximum compensation for his clients.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim
Two years. That’s how long you have to file a premises liability suit in California. In this state, the statute of limitations for a premises liability case is two years from the date of the accident. That may seem like a long time. However, it very much is not.
When you’re recovering from an accident, you may have so much to deal with in terms of recovery, rehabilitation, day-to-day tasks, work, and so forth. It’s natural to want to procrastinate, to put off dealing with a case. However, no one wants to find out that their statute of limitations has expired without receiving any compensation.
We can keep that from happening. The sooner you reach out to an experienced attorney, the sooner you can receive the compensation that you deserve.
Belal Hamideh: Experienced California Premises Liability Lawyer
When you’re a visitor or a guest on someone else’s property, you never expect to be harmed because of their negligence. Should that happen to you or someone you love, you deserve compensation.
Belal Hamideh and the team here work on contingency. That means that you don’t have to pay anything upfront, out of pocket, or anything like that. Instead, our compensation comes out of your settlement when we win the case. Belal wins 99% of the time. Now, we can put that experience to work for you and your premises liability case.
For a free case evaluation, message us through our site or give us a call.