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Injuries from Falling Trees At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, our seasoned team of professionals have over 100 years of combined legal experience handling complex legal matters.

Injuries from Falling Trees in Los Angeles

California Attorneys Committed to Holding Property Owners Accountable

Although falling trees are often viewed as the unavoidable consequence of a storm or other weather event, the truth is that property owners are responsible to maintain the trees on their land and ensure that they do not pose a substantial hazard to others. While it may seem unusual, injuries from falling trees or branches are fairly common, especially in cities like Los Angeles that have cut funding for tree maintenance.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a falling tree, our skilled lawyers at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP to learn how you can hold a city, public entity, or individual property owner accountable for failing to maintain trees. With over 100 years of experience in premises liability law and other areas of personal injury, our committed team will help you navigate the process of filing a claim for your losses.

For more information on our legal practice, call (866) 634-4525 or contact us online today. We can serve clients throughout Southern California and beyond. 

Proving a Premises Liability Claim for Falling Trees

In severe storms and weather events, it’s common for trees to become uprooted – and the property owner may not be able to prevent these kinds of accidents. However, property owners do need to maintain their trees and ensure that they are healthy, to reduce the risk of an injury from falling branches and debris.

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, that owner could be held accountable for severe traumatic brain injuries under California law. Even some car accidents caused by falling tree branches can be linked back to property owner negligence.

When proving a premises liability claim, you will likely need to show the following to be true:

  • 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 Tradition of Success in Premises Liability Cases

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, 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.

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. Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP partner Browne Greene was instrumental in showing that the city did not properly fund or maintain its property.

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.

Whether you were injured by a falling tree in Los Angeles or a broken tree branch anywhere else in the state, we may be able to help. Call (866) 634-4525 or contact us online for a free consultation. 

Helping Our Clients Tell Their Story & Get the Compensation They Deserve

Awards & Associations

  • Best Law Firms by US News
    Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury firm in Los Angeles.
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    Founding partners Browne Greene and Bruce A. Broillet are both members of the exclusive invite-only Inner Circle of Advocates, as two of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in America.
    All of our attorneys are proud to be active members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association or LACBA.
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    Many firm members have been honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, including Browne Greene, Christine Spagnoli, and Bruce Broillet, recipients of the Marvin E. Lewis Award. In addition, attorneys Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr, Molly McKibben, and Tobin Lanzetta has been honored with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.
  • Best Lawyers
    All 15 of our attorneys have been selected to Best Lawyers® after an extensive peer review process.
  • Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019
    Our attorneys were featured in TopVerdict for having one of the Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019, with $15 million won for the plaintiff in Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club.
  • Super Lawyers®
    Our firm has more attorneys on the Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists than any other law firm in Southern California, with 15 members selected.
    Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."
    Firm partners Christine D. Spagnoli and Molly McKibben have both been honored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and are active members.
  • Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019
    After winning $2.6 million for the plaintiff’s side in a head-on collision case, our victory was named in the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019 by TopVerdict.
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
    Recipients of this recognition are held up to the same standards as for The Best Lawyers in America, but only legal professionals in the first ten years of their careers qualify. Four attorneys at GBW have been recognized with this award in 2021.
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    Several of our partners are members in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national invite-only association consisting of the most experienced trial lawyers.
  • Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019
    Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, was featured by TopVerdict in the Top 100 Settlements across all practice areas in California for 2019.
  • International Society of Barristers
    Our team includes several Fellows and Associates with the invite-only International Society of Barristers in recognition of their trial advocacy.
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    Bruce A. Broillet and Christine D. Spagnoli are Fellows with the invite-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group of elite trial lawyers from over 30 countries.
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    A preeminent trial lawyers’ organization in North America, the American College of Trial Lawyers have elected firm partners Bruce Broillet, Mark Quigley, and Geoffrey Wells as Fellows.

Why Choose Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP?

  • Decades of Legal Experience
  • Billions Recovered For Our Clients
  • We're Always Available For Our Clients & Offer Free Consultations
  • We've Taken On Some of The Largest Corporations & Insurance Agencies


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