If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, check out the frequently asked questions below and don’t wait to contact an experience personal injury accident lawyer.

What is a slip and fall accident?

It generally refers to when a person slips and falls on someone else’s property due to unsafe conditions and is therefore injured as a result. These types of cases fall under a more broad term known as “premises liability” which refers to situations when an individual is injured on property owned or maintained by someone else.

Who is responsible if I’m injured in a slip and fall accident?

Property owners have special responsibilities to act in special care when others are on their property. If you slip due to ice or snow, which is a very common cause of slip and fall accidents, the property owner will be held responsible. Many factors are taken into consideration when determining who will be liable for your injuries and only a skilled attorney can help you identify the responsible party.

Do I need evidence?

In order to reach a settlement, you will need to prove a third party was being negligent. Having evidence is the only sure way to achieve proof. If you are in a slip and fall accident, make sure to gather evidence such as:

  • photographs – photos of the injury site, the wound and any other injury factors
  • witnesses – individuals who can give an accurate account of the incident such as time, location, causes, etc
  • accident report – if your slip and fall occurred in a public business, be sure to ask the manager for an injury report and obtain a copy before leaving
  • medical reports – copies of all paperwork and doctors notes pertaining to your injury
  • items – any foreign objects that could have contributed to your fall

What are some common causes of slip and fall accidents?

Slip and fall accidents are very common and can happen in a variety of locations such as grocery stores, restaurants, office buildings, shopping malls, parking lots, sidewalks, and many more.

Is the property or business owner liable for my injuries?

Many factors are taken into considerations when answering this answer. Retail stores and other businesses typically attract a large number of people who enter their premises to browse and shop. If you feel like it was the property owner that was negligent or the business, contact an injury accident lawyer immediately for advice.

What is a licensee?

A licensee is a person who enters the premises with the landowner’s express or implied permission for his or her own purposes rather than for the landowner’s benefit. For example, any social guest is a licensee. The owner has a duty to warn a licensee of a dangerous condition.

I was invited as a guest to a dinner party and was injured while I was there. Can I recover for my injuries?

A property owner has a responsibility of warning the licensee (social guest) of any dangers that creates an unreasonable risk of harm if it is known to the owner and not likely to be discovered by you, the guest. Thus, if you were injured on a hidden condition, such as a loose floorboard that the owner knew about but didn’t tell you, you will be able to recover for your injuries.

How do I prevent falls due to slips and trips?

Slip and falls result in some kind of unintended or unexpected change in the contact between the feet and the ground. As an owner, to prevent slips and fall on site, you should maintain good housekeeping and quality of flooring. As an individual, you should have proper fitting footwear, especially in a work environment that often has oily or wet surfaces.

How much is my case worth?

The monetary value of each case is dependent on factors such as the severity of the injuries, the medical treatment received and the severity of the residual injuries and disability. Because each case is different, it’s best to consult with an experienced personal injury accident lawyer.

How long will my case take?

Because each case is different, it’s hard to determine the length of your case without evaluating the severity of your injuries, the insurance carrier, the evidence and the court.

Am I allowed to have a case even if I am not legally in the United States?

Whether injured while working or in a personal injury accident, all persons have the legal right to pursue recovery for their injuries. California Worker’s compensation and personal injury laws are extended to all people working and injured within the state of California.





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