In the United States, falls are one of the most prevalent causes of injury. While the effects may be modest in some situations, they can be deadly in others. Contact DLC Law at (626) 285-8815 for a consultation if you or a loved one has fallen on someone else’s property and want to know what your legal options are.
A slip and fall accident can have a variety of reasons
A multitude of hazardous situations contribute to these types of incidents:
- Tripping over wet or torn carpet
- Falling in a dimly lit area
- Stumbling and falling down narrow stairwells
- Tripping on sloping sidewalks or other hazards in the outdoors
According to the National Safety Council, fall-related injuries result in over nine million emergency department visits each year.
Because slip and fall accidents usually occur on someone else’s property, the property owner may be held responsible. If you were hurt on someone else’s property, it may be difficult to identify who is to blame for your injuries.
What is the best way to prove a slip and fall case?
Several elements must be proved when seeking to establish culpability for a slip and fall.
- The accident was triggered by a dangerous circumstance
- The property owner was well aware of the dangerous situation (or should have been), had plenty of opportunity to address it, and chose not to do so
- As a result of the fall, the victim sustained injuries
If your slip and fall accident meets those three conditions, you may be able to recover expenses such as medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To pursue a successful slip and fall lawsuit in California, you will need the assistance of an expert slip and fall attorney.
Accidents involving slipping and falling can result in a variety of injuries
Slipping and falling can cause minor to major injuries. The following are a few of the most common:
- Fractured bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Injuries to the spinal cord
- Injuries to the brain
- Bruises and cuts
These are just a few of the most frequent forms of injuries that can result from a slip and fall mishap.
After a slip and fall accident, you may be able to collect damages
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. In a personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to recover one of three types of damages.
- Economic damages. The defendant pays economic damages to compensate you for any losses suffered as a result of your accident, such as medical bills and lost wages (or their insurance carrier).
- Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are meant to recompense you for the emotional distress you’ve had as a result of your slip and fall injuries.
- Punitive damages. A defendant may occasionally engage in a particularly severe act of negligence or deceit. In this circumstance, a court may award punitive damages, although judges are unlikely to do so in most slip and fall instances.
How to file a lawsuit for personal injury
The first and most crucial step is to seek medical assistance. You should call a personal injury attorney as soon as you are certain you are secure. We can assist you in preserving important evidence that will be required to establish your case.
We’ll deal directly with the insurance provider on your behalf so you can focus on getting better. To schedule a legal consultation, call DLC Law at (626) 285-8815 right now.