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California Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip and Fall
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States. They account for an estimated 16,000 deaths each year. Many more slip and falls result in serious injuries. Often these injuries and deaths are caused by a dangerous or hazardous condition in someone else's property. An injury or death from a fall that is caused by a hazardous condition in another person's property may entitle the victim or the victim's family to compensation.
The traumatic impact of a slip and fall or a trip and fall accident can cause severe and long-lasting injuries. Therefore, if you suffer a slip and fall or a trip and fall, it is in your best interests that you seek medical and legal help without delay.
The law requires that property owners use reasonable care in the management and maintenance of their premises and avoid exposing others to an unreasonable risk of harm, such as a slip and fall or a trip and fall. Therefore, property owners have a duty to reasonably inspect for any unsafe conditions on their premises and either to repair or give adequate warning of conditions that pose a risk of harm to others.
The victim of a slip and fall must prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard that caused the slip and fall accident, and that he failed to remedy it. If the property owner, or any of his employees, created the dangerous condition that caused the slip and fall injury, knowledge of the hazard may be automatically imputed to them. However, if the hazard was created by a non-employee, such as a customer, the claimant must show that there was time enough for the property owner to have discovered and repaired the dangerous condition, or that the hazardous condition occurred with such frequency that the owner should have been aware of its presence.
In some instances, a property owner may have a duty to post warnings of a danger (such as "wet floor" signs), but these warnings must be visible and effective in order to be deemed sufficient.
Slip and fall cases are often challenging and difficult to prove. To prevail, a slip and fall attorney must establish not only the existence of a dangerous condition, but the property owner's actual or constructive knowledge of that condition. An experienced California trip and fall attorney would initiate an immediate investigation, and:
A resourceful slip and fall attorney would then hire the appropriate experts on safety standards to determine the applicability and violation of governmental codes and regulations, and thus establish liability on the part of the negligent property owner for the slip and fall. For example, if the slip and fall occurred on a faulty staircase, he might engage the services of a structural engineer to show deviation in the height or width of the steps.
In having handled hundreds of slip and fall cases, as well as trip and fall cases, The Reeves Law Group has developed an expertise in such cases and has secured sizeable recoveries for clients hurt in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. The Reeves Law Firm has both substantial experience and resources to best handle your slip and fall or trip and fall case. For a free consultation on a slip and fall or trip and fall case, please call us at (800) 644-8000 or e-mail us.
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Property owners, operators, and managers - whether they are individuals or business entities - may be liable for your slip and fall. A knowledgeable slip and fall attorney can locate the owners of any given property by checking the appropriate government records, including tax rolls.
Some owners and operators who bear responsibility for your slip and fall may not be as obvious. They may, for instance, include service providers - such as concessionaires and janitorial companies - on the property in question. They may include franchisors and parent corporations. And they may well include government entities. A slip and fall at a public school, for instance, may impose liability on a local governmental body, whereas a slip and fall at a post office would implicate the federal government.
If your slip and fall accident was due to negligence on the part of a property owner, operator, or manager, then you would be able to recover compensation for:
Although punitive damages are uncommon in slip and fall cases, a skilled slip and fall attorney would be able to recover such damages if the defendant's conduct amounted to a reckless disregard for safety - that is, if a property owner or manager egregiously ignored a known safety hazard, thus causing the slip and fall.
Slip and fall (and trip and fall) accidents overlap with related legal concepts, such as personal injury and premises liability. For more information, see: