Last week the federal government sued a homeowner for $25 million citing that their dilapidated home sparked a fire that destroyed more than 27, 500 acres. A poorly maintained electrical box in the dilapidated home sparked the 2013 fire that forced 5,000 people from their homes in the San Jacinto Mountains outside of Palm Springs, California.
Liability Laws Are Meant To Keep the Public Safe
U.S Attorney Eileen M. Decker stated “Property owners and their agents have a responsibility to ensure that property under their control is maintained in a safe fashion” as similarly outlined in California’s premises liability law.
According to the lawsuit, the fire that burned for two weeks put the more than 3,000 firefighters in danger and cost more than $15 million to fight, and $9 million in damages. The lawsuit filed is an attempt to recover the millions spent to fight the San Bernardino National Forest fire.
Like California, Nevada premises liability law states that property owners are responsible for maintaining reasonably safe conditions. With wildfires dominating local headlines, Hale Injury Law asks:
If You Get Hurt On Someone Else’s Property, Who’s Responsible?
According to the Nevada law, property owners must keep premises in relatively safe conditions. Homeowners can be found responsible if property is in negligent disrepair and someone is hurt as a result of unsafe conditions. As in the case of the San Bernardino Wildfires which was caused by an discharge shot out by a faulty electrical box in disrepair. Federal prosecutors feel that it is property negligence that caused damages and injury, therefore the homeowners should be found responsible.
Not All Premises Liability Accidents Are Alike
Not all premises liability accidents are in the same realm as the recent wildfire case. Property owners can be found liable for a variety of issues such as:
- Trip and falls because of negligent construction, such as uneven flooring or pavement
- Dog Bites
- Injury from falling debris or insufficient lighting
- Improper signage in unsafe areas
- Having open excavations on property without proper precautions
If courts find property owners are found liable, victims may seek compensation for damages such as hospital bills, pain and suffering, or even lost wages.
The premises liability law is meant to keep property owners responsible and the general public safe. At Hale Injury we believe in upholding that law to make the Las Vegas valley that much safer. If you believe that you or your loved one has been injured as a result of negligent property please contact us today for free assessment of your case.