Injuries From Falling Trees or Branches

At the end of 2012, a jury awarded $7.67 million to a man who was paralyzed when a city-owned palm tree in San Diego fell on his legs, causing paraplegia and a high risk of below-the-knee amputation. GB&W partner Browne Greene was instrumental in showing that the city did not properly fund or maintain its property.

While the scenario may seem unusual, injuries from falling trees or branches are fairly common, especially in cities that have cut funding for tree maintenance. If you or a loved one has been injured by a falling tree, contact Greene Broillet & Wheeler to learn how you can hold a city or other property owner accountable for failing to maintain its property.

A Tradition of Success in Premises Liability Cases

At GB&W, we have recovered millions of dollars for clients injured by property owners' negligence. While our previous success does not guarantee future results, we will fight hard to help you recover the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, loss of income, emotional damages and other damages caused by negligence.

When you call us to discuss your case, the first thing we will do is evaluate your chances for recovery. We have the resources to investigate your accident and develop important evidence in your favor, including full-time on-staff investigators.

We also have a firm grasp of what we need to prove in a premises liability case:

  • There was a dangerous condition on the property (such as a dying tree) that presented an unreasonable risk of harm;
  • The property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition;
  • The property owner did not take reasonable action to warn a guest of the dangerous condition; and
  • The dangerous condition caused the plaintiff's injury.

A property owner has a duty to ensure that its premises are reasonably safe. If, for example, the owner of an apartment complex did not remove a tree it knew to be dead and a tree branch fell on someone, causing traumatic brain injury, the apartment owner may be held accountable under California premises liability law. Even some car accidents caused by falling tree branches can be linked to property owner negligence.

Whether you were injured by a falling tree in Los Angeles or a broken tree branch anywhere else in the state, contact us to discuss your case. From our law offices in Santa Monica, California, we represent clients throughout California.