A premises liability accident, which is often referred to as a slip and fall accident in the state of California, may afford the injured party compensation for injuries they suffered. However, not all falls are ground for a lawsuit. In order to sue another person for a slip and fall accident, the injured party must be able to prove that the owner of the property was either negligent or otherwise did not provide a reasonable level of care to their property.
Keep reading to find out more about these cases and learn how to determine if you might have a case. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you believe you have grounds for a case.
Proving negligence in a slip and fall case
If a person did not take reasonable care to prevent injury then they were acting negligently. In most cases, this will be either the owner of the property, a property manager, or an occupant of the property. They would be the person who had knowledge about the hazard, or should have known about it, and did not take reasonable action to prevent it or warn the injured party about said hazard.
If you are injured due to someone else not taking care to keep their property safe then the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Once you are safe and secure, then you should gather as much evidence as possible to prove your claim. Take pictures of the hazard that caused or contributed to your injury. Talk to any witnesses and get their contact information. All of this can go to help you prove your case.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents
It is often the case when a person slips and falls that it was not anyone’s fault – it was simply an accident. Of course, sometimes it is the fault of someone else. Common causes of slip and fall accidents that may warrant a personal injury lawsuit include plumbing leaks, lack of warning signs about dangerous conditions, liquid spills, broken furniture, loose flooring, unstable or non-existent handrails, and uneven floors.
Contact an attorney before the statute of limitations expires
When it comes to a personal injury, you do not have an infinite amount of time to hold the at-fault party responsible. Depending on the specifics of the case, you could have just six months to file your claim. In other instances, you may have years. To ensure you have the best possible chance of success, we suggest contacting an attorney sooner rather than later.
You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We are ready to assess your situation, listen to your side of the story, and offer legal advice on how you can proceed.