It is all too common for people in California to become injured in slip and fall accidents. In many cases, these accidents could have been prevented if the owner of the property had simply done what was legally required to keep their property safe. Keep reading to find out some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you need a free legal consultation.
Slip and Fall Accidents Are More Common in California Than in Other States
You may wonder: Why is it that slip and fall accidents are so much more common in California than in other states? The answer is this: There is high pedestrian traffic in California compared to many other states. The hilly nature of our land also means that the ground can be unpredictable.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident simply involves a person slipping and falling on someone else’s property. They can happen for any number of reasons but there are some causes more common than others. The most common reason is to due a wet or slippery floor. A property owner has the legal responsibility to clearly label wet floors to warn others.
Broken or cracked steps can cause falls, floors that are bumpy or lopsided can easily trip an employee or patron, and then there are workplace injuries. It is the responsibility of every property owner to keep their property reasonably free of dangerous conditions. It is the responsibility of every employer to take reasonable steps to keep their employees safe.
Property Owners Are Not Automatically at Fault for All Accidents That Occur on Their Property
There is a common misconception that if a person falls on the property of a business or private owner, the property owner is responsible for their injuries. This is not always true. It is up to the victim to prove that someone else was negligent and that this negligence caused a dangerous condition. They must also prove that there was no appropriate warning of the dangerous conditions.
However, if the injury occurred while a person was working, it may not be necessary to prove fault. Workers’ compensation claims cover workers and do not require said worker to prove who was at fault for the accident. In fact, the accident could have been the worker’s fault. All they have to prove is that the accident happened while they were at work performing their work duties, and that the accident resulted in injuries.
Call Now to Learn More and Get a Free Legal Consultation
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 as soon as possible. We can assess your case and give you a legal opinion on what your options are.