A slip and fall injury can happen anywhere — whether at someone’s home, a shopping mall, a restaurant, or an office building. Slip and fall accidents commonly occur as a result of a dangerous condition such as a slippery floor, poor lighting, uneven steps, or blockages as a result of either intentional or negligent acts of another. Considering the different causes of slip and fall injuries, it can be confusing to determine if you have a valid personal injury case where you can seek compensation for your injuries.
Almost everyone has tripped or fallen down at some point in their life. Sometimes we just get right back up unscathed, other times we can suffer more severe injuries such as strained muscles or broken bones. The severity of the injury contributes to determining whether you have a valid injury case because it helps determines the amount of damages that you would seek from the liable party. If you tripped up and fell without suffering injuries, it is not probable that you would have a valid injury case because there would be no injuries to seek compensation for. However, be wary that you may not feel your injuries immediately after a slip and fall. For some slip and fall cases, the pain and suffering resulting from an injury doesn’t reveal itself until hours or days after the date of the injury.
The second condition that determine valid slip and fall injury cases is liability. Just because you fell on someone else’s property, does not necessarily mean that you have a valid injury case. In some cases the owner of private and commercial property is legally responsible for your resulting injuries, but in order to determine liability, an unsafe condition must have caused the fall. Examples of unsafe conditions are: wet and slippery floors, a badly damaged sidewalk, potholes, debris on the floor, or poor lighting. In addition, the property owner must have also caused the unsafe condition or have allowed it to persist (negligence). It is the responsibility for the property owner to keep their property reasonably safe.
Furthermore, a property owner will likely not be responsible for a dangerous condition that he or she is not aware of. Property owners are allowed a reasonable amount of time to discover dangerous conditions and either fix them and/or place caution signs. For example, if a toddler spills some water in a restaurant, and an individual immediately slips and falls on the water, the restaurant owner will probably not be liable for the injuries resulting form the fall. In some cases, business owners have surveillance footage to look through to determine the amount of time elapsed between when the dangerous condition arose and when the injury accident took place.
If you were injured from a fall on someone else’s property, and you believe that you have a valid claim, the best course of action is to call our attorneys are Guldjian & Fasel. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers specialize in slip and fall cases and offer a free case evaluation to help you determine if you have a valid injury case. If you have a valid case, we will help fight for your right to be fully compensated against the liable party. Our goal is to help you recover from any injuries you may have suffered after a slip and fall accident.
We accept slip and fall injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there will be no cost to you, unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Let our experienced California personal injury lawyers help you and your loved ones get through this difficult time. Our dedicated and caring team of injury attorneys will be available to you 24/7. Call us at 888.546.5315 for a free consultation.