Los Angeles Slip-and-Fall Attorneys
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Property owners have an obligation to ensure that their property is maintained in a safe condition. When they don’t, people get hurt. In those situations, the negligent property owner is legally responsible to make things right.
The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, have handled many cases where people were injured due to unsafe property conditions. We have recovered MILLIONS of dollars by aggressively advocating for our clients. You are the one who lived through the accident and you are the one who will live with the results. These cases are about you and your story.
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What Is a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Falls are a part of life. They can happen anywhere at any time, from stepping out of the shower to tripping on a toy left out by your children. When they happen in public, falls can be both painful and embarrassing. Many people assume they have no one to blame but themselves. But depending on the circumstances of your fall, you may be able to obtain full compensation for any injuries you suffered.
A slip-and-fall involves someone slipping on a wet or smooth surface and hitting the floor with enough impact to cause an injury. They are closely related to trip-and-fall accidents, which are caused by someone tripping over an object or uneven surface. In both cases, victims who fall on commercial, public, or even private property may be able to hold the property owner responsible.
Common Injuries After a Slip-and-Fall
The types of injuries you can suffer in a fall can range from minor bruises to life-threatening head wounds. The elderly are especially at risk for injuries in a fall. The common injuries include the following:
- Cuts, abrasions, bruises
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Knee, ankle, or wrist injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Damage to the head or spine can be especially dangerous, with lingering effects that may never go away, including paralysis. Brain injuries not only have a physical impact, but can affect a victim’s emotional and mental state as well. Making matters worse, while a broken arm will be immediately apparent, a head injury may not become obvious until days or weeks later.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, memory loss, mood swings, increased anxiety and irritation, etc. If you suspect you may have suffered a concussion, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
What Causes Slip-and-Fall Accidents?
The circumstances leading to slip-and-falls can vary. They include:
- A wet surface that has been recently mopped or has been spilled on
- Debris that has been left on the floor, such as food or trash
- An uneven surface
- Cracked or damaged surfaces
- A cable or wire that crosses a walkway or path
- Unsafe construction or work zones
Some locations where slip-and-fall accidents are likely are public pools, grocery stores, construction sites, public sidewalks, storefronts, parking lots and garages, lobbies, restaurants, office buildings, shops, gas stations, and hotels.
How Can You Prove Negligence in Slip-and-Fall Accidents?
Slip-and-fall accidents fall under an area of personal injury law known as premises liability. Under California law, business owners and property managers have a duty of care to maintain their premises in a safe and reasonable manner to protect customers and visitors from avoidable injuries.
Proving premises liability under California law requires certain elements. First, it must be shown that the defendant owned, leased, or controlled the property. It is also necessary to establish that the plaintiff suffered a provable injury due to the defendant’s negligence, or that negligence was a significant factor in causing the injury. The standard to prove negligence usually involves comparing the defendant’s actions (or lack thereof) to what a reasonable person would have done in the same circumstances. Even if the owner or manager did not know about the danger, if it can be shown they should have known, that can be enough to establish negligence.
In California, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of your injury. You should never wait to file a case. If you suspect that negligence may have been involved with your fall, contact a Los Angeles slip-and-fall lawyer immediately to discuss your options. Please call Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, at (818) 305-6041 for a free consultation.
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