When you picture a slip and fall, it is usually at a store where there is liquid on the floor and there are no warning signs alerting customers that the floor is slick. However, slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of places and the resulting injuries can be quite severe, especially if the fall occurs from a height.
Property Owner Liability
If the dangerous condition is the result of another party’s negligent behavior, it can result in their liability for your damages suffered. The law requires a property owner to maintain their premises free from hazards or defective conditions that could cause a slip and fall accident. Premises liability is a broad category of the law under which slip and fall cases are included. For example, an apartment complex has a duty to provide safe hand railing on stairways to prevent its tenants from falling on the stairs. If the hand railing is loose or otherwise defective, the apartment owner or manager may be responsible for your damages if you fall.
Steps to Follow after a Fall Injury
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you should seek any necessary medical attention. As soon as possible, you should notify the responsible party. If your accident occurs on commercial property, you will likely need to fill out an incident form or other type of documentation. If there were any witnesses to your fall, be sure to get their name and contact information. You should also take photos or video of the conditions that caused your accident. Be sure to gather and maintain evidence of your medical treatments, lost time at work, and any other damages caused by the accident. Finally, do not delay in contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure your best interests are protected and that you recover the maximum amount you are entitled to for your injuries suffered.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Whether your injury was caused by a slip or a trip, if a hazardous property condition was the cause of the fall, the negligent party may be liable. California premises liability law requires businesses, municipalities, counties and the state to maintain safe conditions for the public on their property. Some of the most common defective conditions resulting in slip or trip and falls include:
● Slippery floors caused by liquid, fresh wax, or slick conditions
● Dark parking lots or inadequate lighting in stairwells
● Ripped carpets or loose floorboards
● Icy sidewalks
● Defective stairs
Why you Need a Lawyer
An attorney experienced in handling slip and fall cases understands applicable construction, city codes, regulations and guidelines. Your lawyer will know how to research and discover all the parties with potential liability for your injuries, as well as how to obtain the evidence proving your claim. Don’t leave money on the table! Contact the Law Office of Alex Cha & Associates today to schedule your initial consultation.