What to know about premises liability claims in California

Slips and falls can happen anywhere and at any time, despite your best efforts. Unfortunately, a simple slip or fall can result in a serious injury that could potentially have long-term repercussions for your mental and physical health, as well as your finances. No one should have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence. If you’ve been injured and believe that you may have a valid premises liability claim, then continue reading and give the Law Offices of Brian J. Grady a call so we can pair you with an experienced Santa Clara County slip and fall accident attorney.

What are the most common types of premises liability claims?

There are a variety of personal injury cases that qualify for premises liability claims in California. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Slips and falls
  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Lack of maintenance of the property
  • Dog bites
  • Toxic fumes or chemicals

Premises liability cases can look like a variety of different types of injuries. If you’re unsure whether or not your injury qualifies as a premises liability case, contact one of our Santa Clara County personal injury attorneys so that we can give you the guidance you need.

Is there comparative negligence in California?

If you’ve been injured on someone’s premises and are considering making a premises liability claim, you must first understand that California follows the comparative negligence rule. When a landlord is facing a potential lawsuit, they’re likely to get their own legal advice and begin drafting a defense. Understand that in the state of California, the money you would receive in damages can be reduced if the court finds you partially to blame for the incident. This is why having a skilled attorney by your side is essential. Sample arguments may include:

  • You weren’t paying attention
  • You ignored the signage
  • The danger should have been obvious

What is the statute of limitations for premises liability claims?

Each state has its own laws regarding the statute of limitations for personal injury cases. In California, the statute of limitations for all personal injury cases is generally two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your injury to pursue legal action. Many people wait for their injuries to heal before contemplating making a premises liability claim, but we don’t advise this. If you wait too long, you’ll miss your opportunity to sue. Don’t wait, call us today.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn how we can help.