Slip and fall accidents may not seem like a big deal. However, falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. A fall can cause severe and debilitating injuries, ranging from broken bones to paralysis. If you’ve been injured in a Los Angeles slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Citywide Law Group, we understand how an unexpected fall can affect your life. Our attorneys are prepared to help you fight for the money you need and deserve. Since 2005, we’ve successfully recovered millions in compensation on behalf of our injured clients. Call our law firm today to find out how we can help you after your slip and fall accident. Your first consultation is free, so do not hesitate to call for help now.
How Our Los Angeles Attorneys Can Help After Your Slip and Fall Accident
You shouldn’t have to worry about falling when you’re on someone else’s property. If you do fall, you certainly shouldn’t have to deal with the consequences of your injury on your own. Filing a lawsuit against a negligent property owner can help you to recover the money you need as you fight to get back on your feet.
While you can pursue compensation on your own, it’s best to work with an experienced personal injury attorney. Here’s why you should call Citywide Law Group for help after your slip and fall accident:
Insurance Companies Are Tough Negotiators: Insurance companies will try to manipulate you into accepting a lowball offer. The last thing they want you to do is to let an attorney handle your personal injury claim. Settlement offers tend to increase when you have an experienced attorney by your side.
Valuing Your Case Can Be Difficult: When you handle a case on your own, you risk accepting an offer for much less than your case is worth. At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys work closely with some of the best experts in Los Angeles. We’ll determine what your case is worth and demand that you’re fairly compensated for your injuries.
You May Not Know Who to Blame: In California, more than one person can be liable for an accident and related injuries. When you pursue a claim on your own, you may not realize that you could potentially recover compensation from multiple parties. Our lawyers will determine the cause(s) of your slip and fall and then identify anyone who may have contributed to your accident. We’ll demand compensation from anyone who may have caused you harm.
Others Will Blame You For Your Injuries: Be prepared to be blamed for your own injuries. In California, fault is apportioned between everyone who contributes to an accident – including victims. If these tactics are successful, you may miss out on valuable compensation. Our attorneys know how to protect you from these often baseless claims.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen in Los Angeles?
Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere, including:
- Grocery stores
- Shopping malls
- Warehouse stores (e.g., Costco, Sam’s Club)
- Department stores (e.g., Walmart, Target)
- Condos, apartment buildings, and hotels
- Parking lots
- Construction worksites
- Government buildings, and
- Private homes.
Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident while on someone else’s property? If so, contact Citywide Law Group for immediate assistance. We will review your case and explain your legal options. You may have the right to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Los Angeles
Slip and fall accidents happen every day. Falls can happen if you’re not paying attention to your surroundings. Most often, however, falls occur because of unreasonably dangerous hazards and property conditions. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Uneven floors
- Loose floors or carpeting
- Broken floorboards
- Unsecured rugs
- Broken or damaged stairs
- Broken railings
- Poor lighting
- Clutter and debris
- Spills and wet surfaces, and
- Electrical cords.
Falls don’t always occur while you’re walking on even ground. Many slip and fall accidents can involve escalators, elevators, stairs, ladders, step stools, shelves, and lawns.
Who Is Responsible For My Slip and Fall Injuries?
When you visit someone else’s property, you have the right to feel safe. You shouldn’t have to be extra cautious to avoid hidden dangers. In Los Angeles, property owners have to make sure that their property is in good condition and free from hazards that could cause a guest to slip and fall. If you do slip and fall, the owner could be liable for your injuries.
One of the biggest considerations in determining liability is the relationship between you and the property owner. Your status will influence how much of a duty the owner has to protect you while you’re visiting.
Invitee: You’re an invitee if you’ve been invited to visit the owner’s property for a legitimate business purpose. This invitation can be express (e.g., directly extended by the owner) or implied (e.g., owner advertises hours of operation and is open to the public.)
Invitees are owed the greatest duty of care. Property owners have to routinely inspect their property for hazards and dangerous conditions. If a hazard is discovered, the owner must fix it as soon as they can and warn you about the potential danger.
Licensee: You’re a licensee if you’re invited to visit property for a personal or non-business reason. For example, you’d be considered a licensee if you visit a friend’s house.
Property owners don’t have as much of an obligation to protect licensees. There’s no duty to go out of their way to inspect property for hazards. Instead, property owners have to warn you about any known dangers.
Trespasser: You’re a trespasser if you aren’t legally on someone else’s property. Property owners generally don’t have a duty to warn trespassers about hazards. However, there may be a duty to warn if there are any hidden hazards that are unlikely to be discovered before they caused harm.
For years, your status was the most important factor in determining liability in a slip and fall accident case. Today, California still considers a victim’s status, but also considers other factors. Property owners can be liable for your injuries, regardless of your status, if they didn’t take reasonable precautions to prevent you from falling.
Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
An unexpected fall can inflict a wide range of injuries. At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys are prepared to help you recover compensation for all of your fall-related injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Back injury
- Brain injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Crushing injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
Do not hesitate to contact our personal injury law firm for help if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident. We can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, and more. Call our office to get started on your premises liability case today.
An unexpected slip and fall accident can turn your life upside-down. If a negligent property owner is responsible for your fall, they should be held fully accountable for your injuries. Our experienced slip and fall injury lawyers are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call our Los Angeles office today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case, explain your rights, and answer any questions you have.