Slip & Fall – Premises Liability
You may have been hurt in a slip and fall at a grocery store, a big box store or a local retail store, a business or apartment building, you may have a premises liability claim.
How do you know if you can be reimbursed for your injuries?
We have in-depth knowledge of negligence and all other legal considerations associated with slip and fall claims. Because we are experienced in these kinds of cases, we understand exactly how California law defines the elements of a case, including negligence, what constitutes injury, what kinds of damages a victim can claim and how effectively to negotiate favorable settlements on behalf of our clients.
We handle trip-and-fall and slip-and-fall injuries arising from:
• Uneven treads and risers on improperly designed stairs;
• Code violations;
• Construction defects;
• Poorly maintained sidewalks;
• Uneven pavement;
• Poorly maintained business establishments such as restaurants and grocery stores;\
• Poorly maintained apartment buildings.
Property owners and managers are responsible for maintaining safe premises for occupants, customers and guests. Simply because a person falls and is injured on another’s property is not sufficient to recover damages against the property owner, no matter how serious the injury. When a property owner’s negligence results in a slip-and-fall injury, he or she can be held liable under a legal theory called premises liability.
It is not uncommon for the property owner to attempt to cover up the hazardous condition after the accident, so if you are able, take pictures of the hazard.
Many people make the mistake that they do not need an attorney because they think it’s a clear cut case in their favor. We know from experience that there really is no such type of case. As example, cases involving spills in grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses can be difficult, because it must be proven that the management neglected a known hazard or falsified cleaning logs.
In the case of uneven sidewalks, or pavement in most cities in California, local ordinances state it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain in good condition the sidewalks, curbs and gutters that border his or her property.
The injured person must show:
l. The defendant owned or controlled the property where the plaintiff (the person bringing the lawsuit) was injured;
2. The defendant was negligent in the use or maintenance of the property; and
3. The defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiffs injury.
Do I Really Need An Accident Attorney?
Many people make the mistake of thinking that their slip and fall accident was minor so you do not need an attorney. Among other reasons, working with an experienced injury attorney can help take the burden of your case off your mind so you can focus on healing.
If you suffered the pain of a devastating accident, get sound legal advice from an attorney who will always put you the client first, and who will aggressively fight to get justice. Every client is treated dignity and respect as they navigate a difficult time in their lives.
No recovery, no contingency fee.