As is the case with residents of other states, California property owners, that is, both private residents and business owners, have an obligation to keep their property reasonably safe for others.
By way of a caveat, the laws in this state covering premises liability are unique to California and can be complicated and nuanced. If someone in the Modesto area or in the surrounding communities has suffered an injury on the property of another person, he should strongly consider speaking to a personal injury attorney who can help him evaluate his options.
However, an overview of how premises liability cases work may still be helpful.
Basically, a premises liability claim can arise in any number of circumstances. Even a simple slip and fall on one's stairs or in the parking lot of a shopping center can be the grounds for a lawsuit. However, there are some places which present unique hazards. For instance, a park or amusement center may face claims in connection with a ride or other piece of equipment.
No matter the potential danger, a landowner has some obligation either to warn those who come on to the property of a hazard or, better yet, prevent the danger from arising in the first place.
In other words, the ordinary laws of negligence apply to a large extent. A landowner has an obligation to keep those who come on to the property safe under the circumstances. If the landowner falls short of this obligation, and someone gets hurt, the landowner is financially responsible for her injuries so long as they were what the law calls foreseeable. The landowner would then have to pay compensation for items like medical bills, lost wages and non-economic losses like emotional distress and pain and suffering.