A slip and fall injury is one of the most common causes of hospitalization in the US. Whether the accident happened from a height, or at ground level, slip and fall injuries can be serious and sometimes fatal.
Some of the most common causes include:
- Unlit stairwells
- Construction site defects
- Wet floors
- Spilled substances
- Icy pathways
- Crumbling or uneven sidewalks
In most of these cases, someone else may be liable for your injuries. Even if you’re not sure who is responsible for your accident, our Los Angeles slip and fall attorneys can help answer your questions and determine who is liable.
There are a number of factors your attorney needs to consider before filing a lawsuit. Some of these factors include:
- Previous complaints about an existing hazard
- Determining the negligence of a business or property owner
- Could the accident have been avoided?
If you or a family member has suffered a slip and fall injury, The Barnes Firm is here to help. Our Oakland trip and fall lawyers can answer any questions you have, and file a claim that could help you and your family get compensated for an injury.
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Slip & Fall Accidents
There are a number of hazards that can cause someone to slip, trip, or fall. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Slippery surface falls
- Stairway accidents
- Fall from a terrace or balcony
- Parking ramp falls
- Sidewalk falls
- Falls from heights (such as a ladder)
- Bathtub and shower falls
If you’ve been injured in one of these accidents, you’re not alone. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why premises liability insurance exists.
All property owners have a responsibility to keep their home or business in a safe condition for customers and guests. If a property owner is found to neglect their duties, slip and fall victims may be compensated for their injuries.
This compensation can help pay for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Each slip and fall accident is unique, and it’s important to discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney who has handled these lawsuits before.
The San Diego slip and fall injury lawyers at The Barnes Firm have a track record of getting injured victims of these accidents the best results possible. Contact us or call one of our personal injury attorneys to find out how we can help you with your case.
Slip on Ice and Snow
For those in areas that get ice and snow, property owners have a responsibility to make sure parking lots and sidewalks are safe for people to use. This means removing any snow and ice (and other potential safety hazards like potholes) in a timely fashion.
Local laws allow property owners a “reasonable” amount of time to make repairs and remove any snow or ice from pathways.
For example: when someone falls on an icy parking lot in the middle of a snowstorm, the parking lot manager probably won’t be liable for your injuries — but if the incident happened days after the snowstorm had passed, the law considers that a ‘reasonable amount of time’ to remove the icy or snowy hazards that ultimately caused your injury.
There are other factors to consider, too.
Some snowy or icy areas may be man-made or ultimately caused by someone else’s negligence.
For example: if there’s an unnatural build up of ice or snow caused by a leaking pipe, the property owner could be required to compensate you for any slip and fall injury directly linked to that leaking pipe.
If you’re still not sure how your accident may apply, call us. The Barnes Firm is available 24/7 to answer your questions.
What is Reasonable?
Did the property owner use their common sense? Was there something the property owner “should have known” was dangerous? Did the property owner use reasonable care to keep the property safe? A judge and jury will certainly take the answers to these questions into consideration.
Gathering Evidence in a Slip & Fall Accident
Whenever you or someone you know has slipped, tripped, or fallen from a height, there are several steps you could take to help your case. These include:
- Taking Pictures — Pictures of the accident scene, your clothing, shoes, and any injuries can be used as evidence.
- Witnesses — If someone saw your fall, get their name, address, and phone number as their testimony could help you.
- Get an Accident Report — This applies to those injured in a store, hotel, or event area. Most of these places have a security team that can file an accident report. If they don’t, ask for the manager. This document will serve as proof of an accident and your injuries. Always take a copy of this report for your records.
Even if you didn’t take any pictures or obtain any statements, a slip and fall lawyers at The Barnes Firm will work with you to get as much information as possible to support your case.
Fall Down Stairs
As slip and fall attorneys, we’ve seen – and handled – many cases that involve defective or broken stairs.
All steps should have the same rise and depth, with visible edges. Some of the most common causes of falls on stairways include:
- Poor lighting
- Unstable flooring
- No handrails
- Broken handrails
- Slippery substances
We all have to be careful and watch where we’re going, but others must also be responsible for their property. That means taking care of it — and making it as safe as possible.
Who Is Liable?
There are several reasons why someone else could be held liable for your slip and fall injury. These reasons include:
- The property/business owner (or an employee) caused a spill or other hazard.
- The property/business owner (or an employee) knew about a hazard and failed to fix it.
- The property/business owner (or an employee) “should have known” there was a hazard.
If you’re still not sure if someone else owes you compensation for a slip and fall injury, our experienced attorneys can help. Contact us or call The Barnes Firm for a FREE consultation at 1-(800) 800-0000.