SLIP & FALL INJURIES
On average, over 17,000 people die from slip and fall injuries every year in the U.S. In fact, more than one million Americans have a serious enough slip and fall injury to require medical treatment. One serious slip and fall accident can cost a person $30,000-$80,000 in medical expenses and lost income.
Our experienced premises liability legal team at Sweet James can advise you of your rights and tell you whether you have a case or not. Did you know that in California, merely owning or occupying land does not make that person liable for injuries you may have sustained on the property? You must first prove that the owner or occupant of the property was negligent before you can prevail in a premises liability claim.
A SLIP AND FALL OR A PREMISES LIABILITY CASE?
When you’re walking on privately or publicly owned property, it is reasonable to expect you won’t have to take any special action to avoid suffering an injury. It is the owner’s responsibility to keep people safe by maintaining their property and eliminating dangerous conditions.
Failing to maintain regular upkeep or remove known hazards — rotten tree branches, slippery floors, or broken hand railings — is considered negligence. A claim can be pursued if such negligence led to an injury.
Most people think slip and fall claims are the same as premises liability claims. However, premises liability claims actually encompass various types of accidents such as falling objects, stair collapses, and structural defects.
HOW TO PREPARE A SLIP AND FALL CLAIM
Being injured in a slip and fall can leave you with immense pain. Often, not knowing what steps to take in the immediate aftermath can result in prolonged and unnecessary suffering. In order to strengthen your chances of receiving fair compensation that helps you recover, be sure to:
Take pictures of the scene:
– Taking pictures of the area where you slipped and fell can help determine who was the negligent party
– Don’t forget to take pictures of your injuries
Seek medical attention:
– If you’re hurt, treating your injuries should be your priority
– Contact a personal injury attorney
An experienced accident attorney can guide you towards a successful claim
WHY SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS REQUIRE A LAWYER
In your search for slip and fall information, you might begin to think your accident doesn’t fit the claim criteria. However, every case is unique and may need a different approach for a successful claim. Common slip and fall accidents are caused by:
– Wet or greasy floors
– Improperly placed extension cords
– Unsecured rugs or carpets
– Loose or broken floors, sidewalks, steps, or stairs
If there were no warnings or caution signs situated near the hazard that caused your accident, it’s possible your injuries were a result of the property manager’s negligence. Reviewing the circumstances of your case with the assistance of our reputable personal injury lawyers is the best thing you can do for ensuring you get what’s fair.
The complexities of this type of claim can make it difficult for you to fight alone. Let us do the legwork on your claim so you can focus on your recovery. At Sweet James, we understand how financially and emotionally stressful a slip and fall claim can be.