RULES OF EVIDENCE: Can the evidence of an owner of a building who violates the San Diego or California building code ever be used as evidence in a slip and fall injury or premise liability case?

Yes, it can be.

On a occasion, a plaintiff can prove negligence by showing that a property owner violated a relevant statute or code.  In this example, a California building code.   A building owner must ensure that his or her building's structure is in compliance with applicable building codes to make sure it is safe for visitors and the general public at large. For example, California building codes often dictate when and where handrails and other similar features must be installed to make walking (ingress and egress) safe. If you fall on a stairway that lacked appropriate handrails, and the lack of the handrail caused your injuries, you may have a valid claim against the building owner based on his or her building code violation.   It is also called "Negligence Per Se."

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