Premises Liability Lawsuits Against Negligent L.A. LIVE Property Owners
When you go to L.A. LIVE for a concert, movie, sports event or dinner, you expect to have a good time. Yet, like in any entertainment district, some people leave with injuries caused by slip-and-falls, inadequate security and improper maintenance. If you were injured in an L.A. LIVE venue, hotel or restaurant, can you bring a lawsuit against L.A. LIVE or the business owners who failed to protect you?
L.A. LIVE is an entertainment district surrounding the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center. It is billed as the "premier destination for live entertainment in downtown Los Angeles." It includes the Nokia Theatre and Plaza, Club Nokia, the Conga Room, the Grammy Museum, Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge, Regal Cinemas and many restaurants and hotels. If you were injured at any of these spots, a personal injury attorney can help you determine what caused your injury and who is liable. In some cases, it may be possible to sue the property owner.
California premises liability lawsuits hold property owners accountable for unsafe conditions on their properties, including:
- Hazardous conditions: Perhaps you slipped and fell on a restaurant floor because the restaurant failed to warn of a pool of water, or perhaps you tripped over a negligently placed cord. Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe. If they knew or should have known of a hazardous condition and failed to warn visitors of the hazard, they may be held accountable for injuries it causes.
- Inadequate security: Were you mugged in a parking lot without adequate lighting? Was your hotel's entrance unsecured? Did the venue you visited at L.A. LIVE fail to hire adequate security personnel for the size of the event? If adequate security would have prevented your injuries and the property owners knew of the security problems, they may be accountable.
Maintenance problems: Were you injured because of a poorly maintained stairway, elevator or escalator? Were there unsafe railings or was the sidewalk defective? Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe manner. Failure to do so can lead to a premises liability lawsuit for injuries caused by improper maintenance.
When Is An L.A. LIVE Property Owner Responsible For An Accident?
California premises liability law is somewhat complicated. For example, if a spill occurred immediately before your slip-and-fall, the property owner may be able to argue that it did not and could not have known about the dangerous condition. Similarly, if you were mugged in the middle of a lighted parking lot, the property owner can say that it kept the property reasonably safe and, thus, the mugging was not a result of property owner negligence.
Factors that can help determine whether you will be successful in holding a property owner accountable in a premises liability case include:
- Reasonable care: Did the property owner keep the premises reasonably safe? In other words, did the property owner act as another reasonable property owner would have acted in the same circumstances?
- Knowledge of the condition: Did the property owner have actual or constructive knowledge of the condition that caused your harm? In other words, did the property owner know or should he or she have known about the dangerous condition? The amount of time that the dangerous condition existed is often key in determining whether a property owner had knowledge.
- Cause: Were the property owner's negligent actions or inactions a cause of your injury? Were there any intervening factors? Was your injury the result of a pre-existing condition?
If you are successful in showing that the L.A. LIVE property owner was negligent in your case, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, loss of income/earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and other economic and noneconomic damages.