The minute you step off of your property, you are on someone else’s property and if you are there legally (not trespassing), you are owed a duty of care by the property owner, manager, or other person responsible for maintaining the property. Slip and fall cases are sometimes mocked as being frivolous lawsuits and the people who do not think of them as serious have never sustained serious injuries in a fall and they have not seen the injuries that Montebello slip and fall attorneys have seen.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (‘CDC‘), the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries from birth until age 9 is unintentional falls. For people age 10 to 24 the second highest leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries is unintentional falls. And from age 25 to over 65 unintentional falls is the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Sometimes falls can be nothing more than a couple of bruises and a little embarrassment, but often, resulting injuries are very serious and if the fall was caused by a property owner’s negligence, he or she should be held accountable.
Common slip and fall injuries include torn ligaments, broken bones, dislocations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, and hip injuries. Slip and fall injuries often require medical care and follow up care, missed work, and other life disruptions such as a temporary or long term inability to drive and difficulty in caring for children or doing regular household work.
Dangerous conditions causing slips, trips, and falls include the following:
Defendants will often allege that the plaintiff’s own negligence caused his or her injury in an effort to reduce liability. Comparative negligence may include things such as failing to recognize an open and obvious dangerous condition, failure to heed defendant’s warning about a dangerous condition, or otherwise failing to exercise reasonable care. A finding of comparative negligence does not preclude a plaintiff’s recovery in most cases. Generally a plaintiff may recover for injuries and damages he or she sustained, but that amount will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault.
Montebello slip and fall attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm know that fall injuries can be severe and life changing and if your fall was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation. Our personal injury experts will review your claim, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and try your case in court if needed, to help secure a full and fair recovery.
A slip and fall accident, which causes bodily injury to an estimated million people in our country each year, occurs when a person loses their balance due to slipping on a slippery or other dangerous surfaces.
When this type of accident occurs on someone else’s property, the victim is entitled to pursue compensation under premises liability law in California. Although back injuries are considered the most common type of injury among victims of slip and falls, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are also quite prevalent.
Although there are laws in place in California to help injured victims in premises liability cases to recover damages from the at-fault property owner or occupier, proving that your accident was caused by the property owner’s fault can be tricky, especially if you are not represented by a Montebello slip and fall attorney from The Hayes Law Firm.
You can name more than one defendants in your slip and fall lawsuit to pursue compensation. There could be several parties who were responsible for your injury on someone else’s property. More often than not, the following parties can be held accountable in premises liability cases:
It is recommended to speak with a Montebello slip and fall lawyer to establish fault in your case and determine how many parties can be held liable for your injuries and all the entailing damages and losses.
For someone with a lack of legal knowledge and absolutely no experience in handling legal cases, it would be difficult to estimate his or her damages and losses accurately. Typically, only a Montebello slip and fall attorney with vast experience in handling similar cases can be expected to calculate all available tangible and non-tangible losses and damaged incurred in a slip and fall accident.
A lawyer can get you the compensation for the things you were not aware of and would not have calculated on your own such as the diminished quality of life, anxiety, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of hope, and many more.
Insurance companies know that victims of slip and fall accidents have very little understanding of the various types of losses and damages that they can seek compensation for.
Many slip and fall accidents occur at apartment complexes. When the accident is caused by a dangerous condition at the apartment complex, the victim can file a premises liability claim either against the landlord or the management company, depending on whose negligence or violation of a building code was responsible for the injury.
Some of you might wonder which hazards at an apartment complex can be considered “a dangerous condition.” Our Montebello slip and fall lawyer at The Hayes Law Firm has outlined the hazards that could make a staircase dangerous for tenants and guests:
In premises liability cases against apartment complexes, the importance of witness statements from tenants as well as photos and videos showing the hazard cannot be overstated. Contact our lawyers at The Hayes Law Firm to collect compelling evidence proving the landlord or management company’s fault. Call at 323-477-1415 to discuss your case right now.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.