In California, when a person suffers an injury due to someone else’s negligence, then the victim may be able to file a lawsuit. In some cases, this is the same when a person sustains an injury on someone else’s property. California does have premises liability laws. After a serious injury, if a person may wonder who should compensate. Can you file a lawsuit if you suffer an injury on someone else’s property?

The answer may be yes. California Civil Code states that every person has a responsibility to the safety of those who visit his or her home. If a homeowner does not remedy dangerous conditions in the home, then the owner was negligent. A property owner has to keep the property in reasonably safe conditions. Reasonable safety generally means what an average homeowner might do in the same circumstances. For instance, say that a homeowner does not remove snow and ice from the front porch. If you fall on the ice and suffer a serious injury, then it may have been the homeowner’s responsibility.

When injured on another person’s property, it is possible to seek a variety of damages. These damages include medical treatment, future and current wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, physical impairment and more. To file a lawsuit, the property owner must be negligent, must cause the accident and the victim must suffer real harm. After all, to file a lawsuit, there a person is seeking damages. If there are no damages, then a person cannot file a lawsuit.

None of the above information should be considered legal advice. It is educational only.