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Below I will discuss the liability of landowners for injuries occuring on sidewalks.  If you have been injured on a sidewalk give us a call so we can help you out.

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DUTIES OF PROPERTY OWNERS TO MAINTAIN SIDWEWALKS

     Property owners have a general duty to maintain their property in reasonably safe condition.  California Civil Code section 1714 (a).  provides that everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her own wrongful acts, but also for injury occasioned to another by his or her lack of ordinary care or skill in the management of property.  In an lawsuit involving general negligence a defendant owes a duty to all persons who are forseably injured by defendants conduct. 

Under the theory of premises liability the premises owner, or possessor has the duty to exercise ordinary care in the management of the premises in order to avoid exposing person to an unreasonable risk of harm.  This is based upon the law of ownership and possession.  The owner of a property or possesor or landlord owes people on the land a duty to exercise due care to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition that prevents them from injury while on the premises. 

As discussed above, although the property owner is not required to maintain a sidewalk in pristine condition the property owner must be reasonably free of defects that could reasonably inure a pedestrian. 

 

 

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