Fresno Premises Liability Lawyers

Fresno Premises Liability Attorney

 
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No matter if you go to school at Cal State, live and work in the Tower District, or come to town to experience the hidden wonders of the Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno has a little something for everyone. Few, if any, of Fresno’s nearly half-million residents, however, anticipate a day that ends with them suffering a severe injury in a fall or other accident on someone else’s property.

Still, that is exactly what happens all-too-often to Fresno workers, residents, and visitors because of dangerous property conditions they encounter without warning in their daily comings and goings around town. For these unlucky members of our community, medical bills soon begin to pile up. They miss work and school. They suffer from agonizing physical and emotional pain.

When life takes a sudden turn for the worse because of a fall or other preventable incident on someone else’s property in Fresno, you need a skilled, experienced Fresno premises liability lawyer on your side to make sure you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. The May Firm can help.

Read more about our firm below, and then contact the May Firm’s premises liability lawyers for a free consultation to learn about your legal rights and options.

About The May Firm’s Fresno Law Practice

The award-winning team of lawyers and legal professionals at The May Firm spend their days working on behalf of Fresno residents who have suffered injuries because of someone else’s wrongful decisions and actions. Since its founding, our firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients through settlements and jury verdicts in California courts.

Of course, our past successes cannot guarantee future results. They do, however, give our clients the peace of mind of knowing that our team knows what it takes to get the job done for them. Our clients equally appreciate the personal attention and genuine care they receive from everyone at The May Firm. We treat our clients like family, and that inspires us to secure every penny they deserve for their injuries and losses.

About Fresno Premises Liability Law

By law, we owe each other a duty to exercise ordinary care in our daily lives, so as not to cause injury to others. That duty extends to how owners and occupants of residential, commercial, and public properties in Fresno maintain and operate their premises.

If you sustained an injury because of a Fresno landowner’s or property occupant’s failure to live up to that duty of care, then by law you have the basic right to receive compensation from that owner/occupant for the harm that you suffered. Lawyers refer to this basic legal principle as the law of premises liability.

Here are some examples of how an owner/occupant of a property in Fresno might violate a legal obligation to keep you safe, and owe you damages for the injuries you suffer:

  • Failing to clean up or warn you about spilled liquid or a slippery floor at a restaurant or grocery store, leading to you slipping, falling, and hurting yourself;
  • Failing to fix a loose railing or uneven flooring, causing you to trip, lose your balance, and suffer injuries in a fall;
  • Failing to restrain or control an aggressive or dangerous pet, which bites you and causes you a serious injury;
  • Failing to mark the location of buried utility lines, leading to your suffering injuries through electrocution or explosion;
  • Failing to fence off and secure a backyard swimming pool, leading to a child tragically drowning while swimming unsupervised;
  • Failing to install protective coverings on skylights and other roof features, leading to a worker falling through them and suffering serious injuries;
  • Failing to install and maintain fire suppression systems, leading to a property visitor suffering severe or fatal burns in a fire or explosion;
  • Failing to trim branches from or to cut down a diseased tree, resulting in serious injuries to you when the tree or branch falls unexpectedly;
  • Failing to provide adequate security in and around a hotel or other building, leading to your falling victim to a violent crime;
  • Failing to install and maintain adequate lighting in stairwells, alleys, and other closed-in area, making it difficult for you to see obstructions on the ground that cause you to trip and fall; and
  • Failing to remove or mitigate toxic materials and substances (such as asbestos, lead paint, or pesticides) in your apartment building or workplace, causing you or a loved one serious illness due to long-term toxic exposure.

These are just some examples of how the owner or occupant of a property in Fresno could unreasonably put you in danger, cause you an injury, and owe you compensation under the law of premises liability. Virtually any situation in which you or a loved one suffers a serious injury because of a dangerous property condition in Fresno that someone should have fixed, or at least warned you about, could lead to the owner or occupant of that property having legal liability to you for damages.

At The May Firm, our award-winning team has the experience and know-how to evaluate the circumstances in which you got hurt on someone else’s property in Fresno, to determine whether you have legal rights to compensation. Contact us today to learn more.

About Common Fresno Premises Liability Injuries

As the examples above illustrate, preventable, dangerous incidents and accidents on properties throughout Fresno can lead to serious, even fatal, injuries. Attorneys from The May Firm frequently represent clients in seeking compensation for a wide range of complex, serious injuries, any of which could result from a dangerous condition on a Fresno premises.

Types of serious harm for which our team can help clients seek compensation include:

  • Spinal cord injuries, often suffered in falls onto hard surfaces or in swimming-pool incidents, that leave victims paralyzed and confined to wheelchairs, facing a life transformed by long-term health complications, limited mobility, and a veritable mountain of unexpected expenses that could total millions of dollars.
  • Traumatic brain injuries, also common in falls, hat inflict severe physical, emotional, and/or cognitive impairments, from lasting loss of consciousness to difficulties with memory, executive reasoning, or emotional control, all of which diminish victims’ quality of life and put personal relationships under massive strain.
  • Burns from electrocutions, building fires, explosions, and caustic chemicals, which leave victims in agonizing pain, at risk of a deadly infection, and facing lives with disfiguring scars.
  • Amputated limbs caused by incidents involving a victim crushed or pinned under heavy machinery or materials, which force victims to adapt to using a prosthetic device, and which may permanently restrict a victim’s mobility and work abilities.
  • Back injuries, broken bones, and orthopedic damage all, common in falls, which may technically heal but can leave victims in chronic pain, limiting their ability to engage in everyday activities and to enjoy their lives.
  • Chronic or terminal diseases, such as cancers and respiratory illnesses, caused by long-term exposure to toxic chemicals and materials, which slowly, silently rob victims of precious years of their lives.
  • Emotional trauma, often suffered by victims of violent crimes resulting from a property owner/occupant’s failure to provide adequate lighting or security on-premises.

Again, these constitute just some examples of the countless injuries a Fresno resident, worker, or visitor could suffer because of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property. No matter what type of injury a person sustains because of a property owner/occupant’s failure to live up to the basic duty of care to the public, the team at The May Firm can help evaluate that injury and determine the financial damages necessary to meet that person’s present and future financial and medical needs.

How The May Firm Helps Victims of Fresno Premises Liability Injuries

Victims of injuries suffered because of dangerous property conditions at a Fresno property come to us at The May Firm sensing they need legal help, but not necessarily knowing what we can do for them.

Of course, every case we handle differs from-one-to-the-next. Each of our clients has a unique, personal story to share with us, and experiences pain, ill-health, and trauma in their own way. At The May Firm, we start every representation of a client by listening to those stories and working hard to understand the full scope of harm a premises liability incident in Fresno has caused in their lives.

Then, we get to work fighting for full and fair compensation on their behalf.

The specific steps we take to secure money to pay for our clients’ physical, emotional, and financial damages can vary widely, depending on the circumstances.

However, in general, our team can:

  • Investigate Fresno property-related injuries, to determine how they happened and whose unreasonably dangerous decisions or actions contributed to their cause. Our team knows the types of evidence we need to build a strong case for our clients, where to find it, and how to secure it. When necessary, we work with experts in a wide range of scientific disciplines to get to the bottom of an incident that injured our client.
  • Identify the full range of parties who may owe money damages to our clients for injuries suffered in Fresno property-related accidents. The law of premises liability generally holds property owners and occupants accountable for the harm caused by dangerous property conditions, but that principle hides some significant complexity. Our team knows how to dig down into deeds, leases, maintenance contracts, and other property records to figure out the exact parties who failed to keep our clients safe from harm.
  • Develop a legal strategy and plan of action tailored to achieve an outcome that fits our client’s current and future financial and medical needs. This may include pursuing claims against insurance companies, filing lawsuits in local Fresno courts, or taking other legal actions to secure a favorable result.
  • Explain that strategy to our clients in language they understand, so that we’re on the same page about the steps we may take on their behalf to get them the money and other relief they need and deserve.
  • Prepare and file the paperwork necessary to start lawsuits, insurance claims, and other legal actions on behalf of our clients.
  • Update our clients regularly about the status of their case and, when necessary, the decisions they need to make about when and how to proceed.
  • Negotiate with opposing parties and their representatives (including lawyers and insurance adjusters) in hopes of securing a full, fair settlement of our client’s legal claims for compensation. Our team has years of experience in selecting the time and method for pursuing negotiations, to ensure as much as possible that we negotiate on our clients’ behalf from a position of strength.
  • Advise our clients about whether to accept or reject settlement offers we receive from parties with whom we negotiate. The decision whether to settle always stays in our clients’ hands. We aim to give them the best possible advice about when a settlement offer represents a favorable outcome, and when they should walk away from it.
  • Fight for our clients in Fresno courtrooms, when necessary, to achieve the most favorable outcome of their claims. When necessary, this may require us to take a case to trial in front of a judge and jury. That’s fine with us; ours is a team of skilled trial advocates with years of experience in getting results in the courtroom when that’s what it takes to see justice done for our clients.

Because every matter we handle differs, we cannot guarantee that we will take all of these steps for every client, or that the steps will always happen in the order above. We can promise, however, that when you hire The May Firm as your advocate after suffering injuries on a Fresno property, you will have a team of lawyers and legal professionals on your side 100 percent committed to achieving the outcome most favorable to your legal and financial interests.

Our clients come first, and can always rest assured that when we act on their behalf, we have every confidence in our ability to get results.

Community Involvement

At The May Firm we strive to be involved and connected to our local community. For example, this past holiday season we organized bicycle and Christmas tree giveaways for individuals in our community. Our goal is to be a positive force for good in the local community and give back in some small measure to those we can serve. We receive satisfaction and joy from serving our clients and will continue to look for ways to be of assistance to the community as a whole. We receive positive energy from the community when we are involved.

We have listed a few of the local organizations we support and look forward to growing our outreach in the future. If you have any suggestions for ways we can be of service or support, please reach out to us.

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Where Compassion Meets Experience

We take pride in working hard for each of our valued clients and will help you recover from your injuries and losses, including lost wages, mental anguish, future earning potential, disability or continued health care needs and lost or damaged property.

Our Fresno injury lawyers stay well-informed and up-to-date on all applicable legal changes, so you can be confident that you will always receive relevant, current legal advice.

If you have suffered a personal injury or are a victim of an accident that is not your at fault for, contact our award winning Fresno attorneys 24/7 to schedule your free case consultation. You can also call our Fresno office at 1-(559)-385-2090. Let us be your personal injury and accident advocate.

“My number one goal is to help others. When you step foot into our firm, you’ll be treated like family, period.”
Robert May, Attorney | Founder

Fresno Premises Liability FAQs

Victims of injuries caused by unreasonably dangerous property conditions in Fresno often have a host of questions about their legal and financial rights. That’s understandable. They did not plan to get hurt on someone else’s property, and oftentimes they find their lives thrown into chaos by an injury that disrupts every aspect of their day-to-day existence.

Below, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at The May Firm from victims of premises liability accidents and incidents. For answers to specific questions about your rights after getting hurt at someone else’s residential, commercial, or public property in Fresno, contact us today.

Contact Our Experienced, Skilled Fresno Premises Liability Lawyers Today

No one leaves their home in the morning expecting to get hurt by a dangerous condition on someone else’s property in Fresno. Unfortunately, it happens, and when it does, those innocent victims of property owners’ and occupants’ negligence deserve compensation for their injuries and losses.

The May Firm can help. Our award-winning team has years of experience representing Central Californians in legal actions seeking damages for the harm caused by dangerous property conditions. We take pride in treating our clients like family, and in fighting for every penny of compensation they deserve from anyone who did them harm.

For a free consultation about your legal rights and options after suffering injuries because of a dangerous property condition in Fresno, contact us today online or at (559) 385-2090.

Talking to an experienced premises liability lawyer from The May Firm is the most reliable way to take stock of your legal rights after getting hurt by dangerous conditions at a Fresno property.

Until we have a chance to speak, however, here’s the general idea. You likely have a case if:

  • You got hurt on property owned by someone else (even, in some cases, if you lease that same property); and
  • Someone connected to that property should have fixed, kept you away from, or at least warned you about, the dangerous property condition that contributed to the cause of your injury.

If you know, think, or even just aren’t sure if your injury fits those two conditions, then we encourage you to contact The May Firm right away for a free consultation to learn more about your potential rights.

If you suffered an injury because of a dangerous Fresno property condition while working, then your legal options may differ from those of people who get hurt outside of work, but you still likely have a right to significant financial compensation.

First, as a worker, you almost certainly have the right to receive workers’ compensation insurance benefits that pay for medical costs related to treating your injury, as well as for a portion of the wages you miss-out on earning because of the injury. In Fresno, and throughout California, employers must purchase workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. An employer can never force you to pay for that insurance.

Workers’ comp pays benefits to injured workers regardless of fault. That means you have a right to payment of your medical and disability-related costs even if you caused your own injury. Virtually everyone who does work for someone else is covered by workers’ comp in California, regardless of their age, whether they work full or part-time, or their immigration status. Call us for help applying for workers’ comp, or for appealing a wrongful denial or reduction of benefits.

As an injured Fresno worker, you may also have the right to seek additional compensation for your injuries through legal action against a third party (someone other than your employer or a co-worker). This right can arise if a third-party’s—such as a property owner’s—unreasonably dangerous decisions or actions played a role in you getting hurt.

The team at The May Firm can help injured Fresno workers apply and fight for full workers’ compensation benefits, and pursue legal action against third parties for additional compensation. Contact us today to learn more.

The types of damages you might receive by hiring The May Firm to file and pursue a premises liability lawsuit on your behalf can vary widely, depending on the circumstances of your accident and injury.

In general, however, a Fresno premises liability lawsuit can seek payment for:

  • Medical expenses associated with treating the injury you suffered because of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property in Fresno, including costs of hospitalization, therapy, and medication.
  • Other expenses connected to the Fresno premises liability injury you suffered, such as costs you incur in retrofitting your home to accommodate an injury-related disability.
  • Lost income you did not, or will not, earn because the injury you suffered kept you out of work, or prevents you from returning to work in the future.
  • Pain, suffering, and harm to the quality of life and relationships that your attorney can prove are the result of you sustained on someone else’s Fresno property.
  • Sometimes, punitive damages, which a Fresno court may award to you as a way of punishing extreme or outrageous conduct on the part of the property owner or occupant who has a legal liability to you for your injuries.

We cannot guarantee that any particular damages claim will include compensation for all of these types of damages. We can, however, promise to work closely with our clients to uncover the full scope of harm a dangerous Fresno property condition inflicted on them, to sure that any legal action we take seeks maximum damages on their behalf.

What is my Fresno premises liability case worth?

As with the types of damages a Fresno premises liability lawsuit might seek, the amount of money you can reasonably hope to receive as damages vary.

Three important factors in determining the potential value of your case are:

  • The nature and severity of your injuries. Generally speaking, the more extensive and medically acute your injuries, and the greater their overall impact on your life, the higher the damages you can reasonably seek as compensation. That is why The May Firm works so hard to understand the full scope of every client’s injuries. We never want our clients to feel as if they did not receive compensation for the harm they never should have suffered.
  • The strength of your case. It takes skill and experience to build the strongest possible case on behalf of a victim of a Fresno premises liability injury. The strength of a case depends on the amount and quality of evidence supporting it, and the soundness of the legal arguments your lawyer can make based on that evidence. At The May Firm, we build the strongest possible cases for victims of Fresno dangerous property mishaps, because we know that the stronger the case, the higher the probability of a favorable outcome for our injured client.
  • Who owes you damages and their ability to pay. The identity and financial means of the individual, business, and/or government entity who owes you damages can make for a practical limitation on the value of a Fresno premises liability lawsuit. Broadly speaking, you have less of a shot at full compensation if you sue an individual who carries no insurance than you by suing a large company with millions in assets and insurance coverages.
  • That is why The May Firm always strives to identify as many parties as possible who may owe damages for injuries our clients sustain because of dangerous Fresno property conditions. The more sources of payment, the more money potentially available with which to pay.

The tragic loss of a loved one because of a dangerous property condition in Fresno can serve as the basis for a lawsuit seeking compensation both for your damages, and for damages (excluding pain and suffering) incurred by your loved one before death. Lawyers broadly refer to this as a wrongful death lawsuit, although it technically combines two separate legal actions—a wrongful death case and a decedent’s cause of action—into a single case.

You may have the right to pursue this type of lawsuit if you are a surviving spouse, child, or other family member of the person who died because of a dangerous property condition in Fresno. A court may divide up any award in a wrongful death lawsuit among family members.

At The May Firm, we have extensive experience representing families in wrongful death lawsuits seeking compensation for the untimely, tragic death of their loved one. Contact us today to learn how we can help you and your family during this difficult time.

We meet with all of our potential clients for the first time free-of-charge. You should never have to pay a lawyer just to find out if you have a case and if the lawyer wants to represent you.

We also represent virtually all of our clients who suffered injuries because of dangerous property conditions on a contingent fee basis. This is an agreement between us and our clients that our legal fees will consist only of a percentage of any money our efforts recover on our clients’ behalf.

When we represent clients on contingency, we do not ask them to pay us money upfront (called a retainer), and we do not bill them by the hour for our services. We get to work on our clients’ behalf without receiving a dime from them, with the understanding that we only get paid if they get paid because of our work.

Why do we represent clients this way? Because we understand that victims of premises liability accidents and incidents in Fresno often face severe financial strain that makes it impossible for them to fork over money to an attorney. We want to make our legal services available to anyone in Fresno who needs them, and contingent fee arrangements allow us to do that.

Never let your financial worries keep you from reaching out to our team. Talking to us for the first time will never cost you a dime, and if we work for you, we only get paid if you do.

Yes, you can.

Most importantly, you can focus your time and energy on getting better, ideally by seeking medical care and doing what your doctor tells you to achieve the best possible health outcome. We want you to do that, first, because we want to see our clients’ return to living healthy, productive lives, and because we know that the better our clients’ health, the more able they are to make important decisions about the legal work we do for them.

But that’s not all. We also want you to seek care and do what the doctor tells you because, in doing that, your doctor will create records of your care that we may well use on your behalf in a lawsuit seeking damages. Medical records help to prove the connection between an accident on a property in Fresno and your injuries, and the types and severity of injuries you suffered. These are two critical components of any lawsuit for damages.

Finally, we want you to do what you can to heal because we know how insurance companies and defense lawyers operate. As representatives of the party who owes you compensation, they will look for any weakness or opening to argue that you do not deserve the money we seek on your behalf. One argument they might make is that you did not do enough to take care of yourself, and that you made your own injuries worse. By seeking and following the case you need, you take that argument away from them, and help to strengthen your own case.

We can suggest some other steps you might take to help your case, such as gathering documents and evidence to show us when we meet. Contact us to learn more.

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