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Los Angeles Slip and Fall Lawyer

Our Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers understand that falls are consistently the leading cause of injury-producing accidents. They account for more than 1 million injuries each year in the United States.  Slip and fall accidents fall under the legal category known as premises liability.  When property owners fail to keep their building, parking lots and walkways safe and secure, they create a risk of injury.

A slip and fall includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground.  The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that in 2004, more than 8 million people were injured in falls.

There is no precise way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for your injuries if you slip and fall.  Each case depends on whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping and falling was not likely to happen, and whether you were careless in not seeing or avoiding the condition that caused your fall.

In most cases, a person injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property must prove that the cause of the accident was a dangerous condition, and that the owner or possessor of the property knew of the dangerous condition.  In order to establish that a property owner of possessor knew of a dangerous condition, it must be shown that:

  • The owner/possessor created the condition.
  • The owner/possessor knew the condition existed and negligently failed to correct it.
  • The condition existed for such a length of time that the owner/possessor should have discovered and corrected it prior to the slip and fall incident in question.

Slip and fall accidents are very complex and often difficult to prove.  A thorough understanding of the ever-changing and fact-specific laws regarding the various and numerous incidents that result in premises liability is essential to successful legal representation.  If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer in Los Angeles at Grey Law for a free legal case evaluation.  Our attorneys can explain the legal process, evaluate your case, and discuss how we may be able to obtain compensation for you.  Call us at 323-210-4504.

There must be some form of negligence on the part of the owner or occupier of property before there can be any liability.  It is necessary to understand the difference between the owner of the property and the occupier of the property and their relative liability.  There are three different types of people who may be on the property because the degree of responsibility owed by an owner or occupier varies according to the status of the person who is injured.  These types are invitees, licensees, and trespassers.

INVITEE

An invitee is a person who is invited upon the premises in order to conduct business with the possessor.  For example, shoppers are invitees of department stores because the department store welcomes shoppers to purchase merchandise on its premises.  Possessors of property owe invitees the highest duty of care.

LICENSEE

A licensee is a person who is present for a non-commercial, non-business purpose at the consent of the possessor of the property, such as a social guest at someone’s residence.

TRESPASSER

Property owners owe the lowest duty of care to trespassers.  Property possessors have no duty to warn trespassers of dangers naturally occurring on the premises, such as quicksand.  However, if the possessor is aware of the trespasser, then usually a duty arises to warn the trespasser of dangerous, man-made conditions on the property, such as an electric fence that emits a lethal shock.

In California, premises liability law requires that property owners must ensure the safety of children, regardless of whether they are supposed to be there or not.

HOW TO PREVENT SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS

Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are very common. Not only is this a big issue for victims, but for property and business owners as well. With that being said, it is important for business owners to take every precaution and know how to prevent slip and fall accidents from occurring on their premises. For instance, business owners and operators can do the following to prevent an accident from occurring:

  • Routine maintenance upkeep
  • Use of carpet and grip materials on slippery floors
  • Clearly mark handicap entrances and exits
  • Adequate lighting inside and outside the premises

LOS ANGELES SLIP AND FALL ATTORNEY

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorney at Grey Law today.  Our attorneys have the experience and the resources to successfully represent plaintiffs injured on unsafe property in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities.  Call us today at 323-210-4504 for a free legal case evaluation.

How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents 

Slip and fall accidents are one of the top causes of injuries each year. This creates a huge issue for owners and operators of properties and businesses since they are liable for any injuries. It’s important that owners and operators of properties and businesses take the extra steps in preventing slip and falls from occurring.

Some of the best ways to prevent a slip and fall accident injury claim are:

  • Routine Maintenance Upkeep
  • Use Of Carpet And Grip Materials On Slippery Floors
  • Clearly Mark Handicap Entrances And Exits
  • Adequate Lighting Inside And Outside The Premises
  • Sufficient Cleanliness
  • Secure Electrical Cords And Wires
  • Avoid Obstacles Near Walkways
  • Establish Safe Practices
  • Stay Alert Of Changing Weather Conditions

Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident 

Whether you are at work, in a local store, or a church parking lot, you may unexpectedly slip and fall. If you do, there is a chance you will suffer serious injuries, and your injuries may cost you thousands of dollars. Luckily, you can file a personal injury suit in an effort to gain compensation for your damages, but to do so successfully, you will need to prove it was the negligence and carelessness of others that caused your accident.

In order to prove liability, you will need to show that the property owner either caused the situation that led to your accident, knew of dangerous conditions but failed to address them, or that the property owner should have enacted repairs or other measures because a “reasonable” person would have done so under similar circumstances. Your attorney will be able to help you craft an argument that puts fault on the owner.

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident 

Your fall may be traumatizing both mentally and physically; however, following the steps below strengthens your chances of getting maximum compensation.

Seek Medical Attention: Any fall has the potential to seriously injure someone, even if they slip at ground level. A substantial amount of falls require medical treatment. A surprising amount of victims end up in the emergency room despite not falling from an elevated height. Going to the doctor results in an update to your medical records. This helps you prove the injury later when we build the case to seek compensation. No court or insurance company will take your word at any point.

Inspect the Scene: Take photos of the scene, including multiple angles of whatever made you fall.

Identify Witnesses: If not for witness testimony, the legal system would be in shambles. Here, too, the right witness can make your case. Our fall injury attorney Los Angeles firm can use two types of witnesses: Eyewitnesses who watched your injury happen, whether they’re a professional or not and expert professionals who can add their expertise to the case.

Make an Official Report: All reports should include the date, time, and location of the injury, as well as conditions and actions surrounding the accident.

Hire a Powerful Injury Lawyer: An attorney is the best bet to get maximum compensation. A law firm can appoint you with an attorney that has dealt with slip and fall cases before.

Facts and Statistics About Slip and Fall Accidents 

According to the latest statistics, slip and fall accidents put more than 1 million people in the emergency room each year. Per day, that adds up to nearly 3,000 people needing medical treatment for various types of serious injuries, the most common being broken bones. Since many people who do slip and fall do not initially seek medical treatment, their injuries often wind up being far worse. Therefore, always get immediate medical treatment to protect not only your health, but also to ensure your injuries are noted in your medical records.

What If You Slip and Fall on Government Property?

A personal injury lawsuit can be filed against a Negligent Government Entity. However, doing so is not as straightforward. Governments at the federal, state, and local level have placed strict procedural requirements on people who wish to file injury claims against them. To do so, you must prove that the Government Entity was somehow negligent, that the negligence caused your accident, that you were injured as a result, and that you are owed a certain amount of money. To prove that the government organization was negligent, you must show that someone in authority knew or should have known about the unsafe condition that caused the accident and your injuries, which your attorney can help you with.

How Does Comparative Negligence Affect a Slip and Fall Case? 

Comparative negligence is where each party receives a percentage of the settlement that correlates to the percentage of negligence shown. If a jury believes you were only 20% negligent while the defendant was 80% negligent, you would essentially be awarded 80% of whatever amount a jury saw fit to recommend regarding financial compensation for your injuries. Read more about comparative negligence here.

Statute of Limitations in a Slip and Fall Case 

A statute of limitation is a State-Mandated Deadline for filing a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for a slip and fall accident is usually two years. The clock starts ticking the day of your injury; and if you do not file by the end of the two years, you may miss the opportunity to file your claim for compensation.

Stair Accidents: Proving Fault 

Your head may be spinning when you think about proving liability in your tumble down a staircase. While it’s highly advisable to seek out the experienced assistance of an injury lawyer, you can get an understanding of your staircase lawsuit by reading our article on proving fault in staircase accidents here.

Slip and Fall Settlement Example in California

If you want to see what a slip and fall lawsuit looks like from start to finish, check out our page detailing one woman’s quest for compensation. Angela, a performer, was at a pool party when she tripped on a lawn sprinkler and tore her ACL. Her injuries were so severe that she had to cancel her upcoming tour, which she had already sold tickets for. How much is she compensated in court? Read our article to find out.

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