While many falls suffered at commercial properties, apartment complexes, and private properties across San Bernardino are caused by negligent property owners, companies, or maintenance workers, not every fall can be pinned on those responsible for keeping the premises safe. Here are three situations in which the victim of a fall would find it difficult or impossible to hold the property owner responsible:

  • The property owner could not have reasonably known about the condition. A property owner can’t be held responsible for a danger that he or she had no reason to know about. However, property owners could be held responsible for failing to spot a problem that should have been discovered.
  • The property owner acted responsibly in addressing a dangerous condition, but you still suffered a fall. Sometimes accidents happen despite our best efforts. If a property owner has done everything possible to address a problem, it’s unlikely that you will be able to pursue a successful claim.
  • You were acting recklessly, trespassing, or ignoring posted warnings when you fell. If you were not allowed to be on the property, caused your own accident, or otherwise acted recklessly, then it is likely that you have already wrecked your chances to pursue a claim.

No matter how straightforward your claim for a fall injury may seem, San Bernardino personal injury cases often become surprisingly complicated. Before you give up hope of collecting compensation for what happened to you, take the time to contact our experienced legal team for a personalized, one-on-one review of your circumstances and a free copy of our informative book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.


Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982
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