You were on someone else’s property. The property contained a hazard which caused a serious accident and injury. You think the property owner should have protected others from the hazard, but there’s one problem: you were trespassing at the time of your slip and fall. Do you still have a case? Could you still collect damages? Could the property owner still be partially at fault?
What Exactly Is Trespassing?
Trespassing is generally defined as when a person enters a property without permission, or when a person stays on a property without continued permission, even if they were welcomed initially. Trespassing can be forgivable in some cases, such as when a child trespasses out of ignorance, or if an adult unknowingly trespasses because of a lack of signage or property lines. On the other hand, trespassing also could be malicious, such as when someone trespasses in order to damage property or steal.
California Premises Liability Law and Trespassing
In the majority of cases, trespassing will harm your California slip and fall case. However, it is important to consider both why you were trespassing and the nature of your accident before assuming you do not have a viable injury case. Ask yourself these questions:
Orange County Personal Injury Attorney
The best way to determine whether your slip and fall injury case will be affected by trespassing is to speak with a lawyer about the details of your case. At Russell & Lazarus, we offer free, private consultations in which you can ask questions, tell your story, and seek the legal guidance you need. Call today to schedule your meeting: (949) 851-0222.