Slip, Trip And Fall Injuries Can Be Severe. Find Some Answers Here.
California law provides that property owners owe members of the public an obligation to discover unsafe conditions that could lead to a slip, trip or fall and to repair or give adequate warning of any condition that could be expected cause harm. When a property owner fails to live up this standard and discover and fix a dangerous condition and injury results, the property owner will be liable for any injuries caused by the dangerous condition. In the legal world, slip, trip and fall cases are called “premises liability.”
Slip, trip and fall accidents are very common and, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), unintentional falls are the number one cause of nonfatal injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States. In total, over 9,000,000 Americans suffered falls leading to emergency room visits in 2011.
The injuries victims suffer in slip, trip or fall accidents can be severe and include broken bones and brain injury. One of the most severe injuries that can occur is a fractured hip. These painful and potentially life threatening injuries are most common in older people.
How Do I Prove My Slip, Trip or Fall Case?
To prove a slip, trip or fall case, and recover compensation for your injuries, you will need to prove that the property owner or the tenant occupying the property was negligent or acted carelessly in failing to prevent the slip, trip or fall from happening. An Orange County slip, trip or fall attorney can investigate your claim, establish liability and prove your damages, resulting in the most compensation possible.
Slips, trips or falls can be caused by many different conditions. Common causes include:
Dangerously slippery floors due to the presence of water or other liquids.
Paper, plastic, or cardboard that is left on flooring surfaces. Merchandise that has fallen to the floor in retail stores can also contribute to falls.
- Unexpected foreign objects.
- Floor wax or coatings that cause surfaces to be dangerously slippery.
- Uneven, broken or missing pavement on sidewalks and in parking lots.
- Poor lighting.
- Inadequate signage.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
In California, essentially any person, business, or other entity that owns or controls property can be liable in slip, trip or fall cases:
- Retail stores
- Commercial property owners
- Government entities
What Can I Recover in a Slip, Trip or Fall Case?
Medical Costs: Recoverable medical costs include the cost of medical treatment, hospital bills, medicine and physical therapy necessary to help you recover from the accident.
Lost Wages: Income lost because of an inability to work or make as much money as before the injury.
Pain and Suffering: Injury victims can also recover monetary damages to compensate for the pain and mental anguish caused by the accident.
If You’ve Been Injured, the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams Can Help
The Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams takes a personalized approach to client representation. Every client is unique and every case is different. We invest the time and work necessary to fully investigate injury claims to enable our clients to recover the greatest amount possible in the shortest period of time.
We provide complete representation and will:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of your case.
- File and handle all insurance claims.
- Continually communicate with you about the status of your case and answer any questions you might have.
- Represent you at all stages of your legal case including mediation, arbitration and trial.
- Identify doctors who will provide you with quality medical treatment.
Our objective is to provide you with help in a time of need. If you are in the Orange County area and are unable to travel, we will come to you.
Contact Our Orange County Office Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip, trip, or fall accident, give the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams a call today at 949-679-9909 for a free consultation. You can also contact us through the form below and we will respond promptly.