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Premises Liability

Experienced Attorneys Advising Bay Area Landlords on Premises Liability Prevention and Claims

M C Hall & Associates, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, is pleased to advise both residential and commercial property owners and managers on risk mitigation in premises liability. When property-related claims do arise, we represent our clients in claims initiated by tenants or the general public.

M C Hall & Associates has more than 25 years of experience representing San Francisco Bay area property owners and landlords in a wide range of real estate issues including landlord-tenant issues, leasing, and premises liability.

We invite you to contact us by e-mail or at 415-512-9865 to schedule a consultation about assessing your risk or resolving an existing claim.

The Responsibility to Mitigate Danger

Commercial and residential property owners, managers and landlords do have a general duty to ensure that their property is reasonably maintained and any known dangers are mitigated. Some issues that may lead to premises liability include:

  • Failure to maintain sidewalks, parking lots, buildings, lighting, and other property components
  • Failure to post warnings of known hazards
  • Failure to provide adequate security in relation to the known level of criminal activity in the area
  • Failure to properly screen tenants for past criminal behavior
  • Allowing smoking in common areas, entryways, or near building entrances

Risk Assessment and Prevention of Premises Liability Claims

What may seem like a minor maintenance issue could result in costly litigation. For example, neglect of a cracked sidewalk could lead to a slip-and-fall accident. It is more complex to accurately assess risk when circumstantial analysis is required. For example, premises liability claims can be based on the landlord's failure to provide adequate security.

An experienced lawyer from M C Hall & Associates can assist you in identifying liability risks on your property and prioritizing them for repair based on the potential for harm and serious claims.

Representation in Premises Liability Claims

While the best way to avoid a lawsuit is to mitigate the danger from the start, claims do arise on occasion. If you have received notice of a potential claim or have been served a complaint, it is essential to protect your rights from the beginning.

We encourage clients to consider resolving such claims in mediation. When mediation is not the best way to resolve the dispute, we are experienced, effective trial lawyers with a track record of success.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney regarding premises liability prevention and claims, please contact us by e-mail or call us at 415-512-9865.