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Are Property Owners Liable For Contractors’ Mistakes?

By Robert Ross |

NON-DELEGABLE DUTIES CAN CREATE LEGAL LIABILITY FOR LAND OWNERS WHEN A CONTRACTOR ACTS NEGLIGENTLY Many property owners hire contractors and assume, if anyone is injured during construction, that the contractor will bear the legal liability for the injury. However, this is not always true. California law imposes certain duties on the owner or possessor… Read More »

What is “Negligence per se”?

By Robert Ross |

NEGLIGENCE PER SE IS A RULE THAT CREATES A PRESUMPTION OF NEGLIGENCE WHERE DEFENDANTS BREAK CERTAIN KINDS OF LAWS When defendants–including property owners–engage in certain kinds of behavior, the law allows a presumption that negligence has occurred. While this presumption isĀ rebuttable, meaning thatĀ a defendant can introduce evidence to prove (s)he was not negligent, the… Read More »

What Duty do Land Owners Owe to Minors?

By Robert Ross |

GENERALLY, LAND OWNERS (AND POSSESSORS/MANAGERS) MUST PROTECT MINORS FROM REASONABLY FORESEEABLE HARM. People who own, control, or possess property generally have a duty to prevent reasonably foreseeable harm to children. This includes naturally-occurring hazards, artificial or constructed hazards (including, but not limited to, harms resulting from attractive nuisances like construction sites), and hazards caused… Read More »

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