Cases involving falls are the second most filed personal injury cases in Los Angeles County. Motor vehicle accidents are the first. If you were seriously injured in a fall on property in southern California that was owned or occupied by somebody else, you’re probably going to want to seek compensation for your injuries. You’ll be needing the help of a qualified and effective Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer.
Causes of Slips and Trips
As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30,000 Americans die every year from injuries that they suffered in falls. More than eight million others treat in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. More than 90 percent of all hip fractures are caused by falls. Slipping and falling is usually caused by a wet, slippery walking surface with insufficient friction. Tripping and falling is usually associated with uneven or obstructed walking surfaces. Injuries from falls are most often suffered on public walkways and parking lots with cracks and potholes and store aisles with spilled and fallen merchandise. Even tracked in water from rainy weather can cause slips and trips inside of a premises.
Duty to Repair or Warn
California law requires those who own, occupy or control a premises to maintain it in a reasonably safe condition. If a hazard is discovered, it must be repaired as soon as possible. If it can’t be remedied right away, visitors to the premises must be given adequate warning of the defective condition. If an owner, occupier or person in control of a premises in or around Los Angeles fails to timely repair the dangerous condition or adequately warn the public of it, and a visitor to the premises is injured as a result of the condition, liability for personal injury damages can attach. Having one or more of those people or entities held liable is best accomplished through an experienced, qualified and aggressive personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles.
If you were injured as a result of a fall on property owned, occupied or controlled by somebody else anywhere in southern California, contact our offices immediately. We’ll arrange for a free consultation and case review for you with a slip and fall lawyer Los Angeles has trusted for many years, from our offices right away.