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Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

According to statistics from the National Safety Council (NSC), accidental slip and falls and trip and falls make up nearly nine million emergency room visits each year.  Unfortunately, falls are the third most common cause of accidental deaths.

Slip and falls and trip and falls can happen anywhere, whether it be inside or outdoors.   Most slip and falls or trip and falls occur due to a dangerous condition on someone’s property or premises.  Accordingly, slip and fall and trip and fall cases are often referred to as premises liability cases.

Who is Responsible When I’m Injured in a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall?

Under California law, you are entitled to bring a claim against a company, individual, or government entity that owns, manages, maintains, and/or controls the location of the dangerous condition.

Therefore, a landowner, government entity, management company, or maintenance company are the typical defendants in a slip and fall or trip and fall case.

What are the Most Common Causes of a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall?

Slip and falls and trip and falls occur due to dangerous conditions on both public and private property.  These dangerous conditions can appear in a variety of ways and can include the following:

  • Water on the ground
  • Food, debris, trash, or other liquids on the ground
  • Height differential in the concrete on a sidewalk or walkway
  • A rug or carpeting that does not lie flat on the ground
  • Cracks in the sidewalk
  • Broken concrete or asphalt in a walkway or driveway
  • Tile or other flooring material that does not have a sufficient coefficient of friction to prevent slipping
  • Tile, carpeting, or other flooring material that is not properly secured to the ground

What are the Most Common Locations of Slip and Falls and Trip and Falls?

Many slip and falls occur at restaurants and supermarkets because of the likelihood that liquids and food debris will be left on the ground without warning. Many trip and falls occur in parking lots, on sidewalks, and in commercial properties where the property has not been properly maintained. However, slip and falls and trip and falls can occur on any property, public or private, where there is a dangerous condition that causes someone to be injured.

What do I Have to Prove When I’m Injured in a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall?

Under California law, to hold a landowner responsible for your injuries, you have to prove that the landowner either 1) knew about the dangerous condition on the property and failed to warn about it or fix it; or 2) should have known about the dangerous condition on the property, if they had conducted reasonable inspections, and failed to warn about it or fix it.
In order to hold someone responsible for a slip and fall or trip and fall it is essential that you seek the advice of an attorney. Landowners will almost never even make a settlement offer to an individual that is not represented by an attorney for a slip and fall or trip and fall case. If they do, be wary, as the offer is likely to be only a tiny fraction of what your case is worth.

Injuries Caused by Slips, Trips and Falls

Slip and falls and trip and falls can cause a wide range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruising to serious orthopedic injuries and even traumatic brain injuries.  The following are injuries we commonly see caused by slip and falls and trip and falls:

  • Cuts, scrapes, lacerations, and bruises
  • Sprains, fractures, and broken bones
  • Neck, back, shoulder, and wrist injuries
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of limbs
  • Sometimes even death

What Kind of Damages Can I Recover in a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Case?

Under California law, if you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, you can recover two different categories of damages: Economic Damages and Non-Economic Damages.

Economic Damages include the following:

  • Property damage (personal belongings)
  • Loss of earnings (money lost due to time off from work)
  • Medical bills and expenses (past and future)
  • Medication expenses (past and future)
  • Expenses for medical equipment such as a wheelchair, cane, or brace
Non-Economic Damages include the following:
  • Physical pain
  • Mental suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Anxiety
  • Inconvenience
  • Grief
  • Humiliation
  • Emotional distress

Under California law, if you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, you are entitled to be compensated for each and every item of damage described above.  More importantly, you are entitled to recover both past and future non-economic damages.  At Eisenberg Law Group, we know how to maximize the value of each item of damage so that your recovery is as large as possible.

Don’t allow the insurance company to minimize your claim.  Make sure that you have an attorney that knows how to recover the maximum amount for each and every item of damage allowed under California law.

What Should You Do at the Scene of a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall?

If you have been involved in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident resulting in injury, it is critical that you gather evidence immediately at the scene.  Since the dangerous condition can easily be cleaned up after a slip and fall, essential evidence can be destroyed by the responsible person or company rather quickly.  Therefore, it is important that you do the following at the scene of a slip and fall or trip and fall:

  1. If you need emergency medical assistance, call 9-1-1.
  2. Take photographs of the dangerous condition that caused you to fall.
  3. If you slipped and fell on liquid, take pictures of the liquid from eye-level height and also take pictures of the liquid up close.
  4. If you tripped and fell on broken or displaced concrete or asphalt, take pictures of the concrete or asphalt and, if possible, measure how large the height differential is.
  5. If you tripped and fell on loose or unstable flooring, take pictures from eye-level and also from up close.
  6. Make an incident report with the person or company that is responsible for the property.
  7. Gather the names and contact information (phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses) of any and all witnesses to the accident.
  8. Get the name, address, and telephone number of the landowner, management company, or entity that owns/operates/controls the property.
  9. Get the name of the store manager and store employees that may have witnessed the fall or tried to clean up the dangerous condition after you fell.
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How a Slip, Trip and Fall Attorney Can Help

A personal injury attorney with experience in slip and falls and trip and falls can help you determine whether you have a case, and then will guide you through the process of filing a claim, gathering all the necessary evidence, and pursuing a claim against the responsible party.At Eisenberg Law Group, our attorneys have a solid track record of achieving significant settlements and compensationfor both slip and fall and trip and fall cases, both in and out of court. If you or a loved one is facing medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other losses as a result of a slip and fall or trip and fall, contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. We work strictly on a contingency-fee basis, which means you’ll pay nothing until we win your case.

When you choose Eisenberg Law Group as your Los Angelesslip and fall and trip and fall attorneys, we will fight for you, employ effective strategies to prove your case, and get you maximum compensation for your claim.

When you work with Eisenberg Law Group, you will benefit from our emphasis on these fundamental cornerstones of our practice:

Personalized service: You can contact our attorneys directly at any time to discuss the details of your case. We will never route you to assistants or recorded messages. As a family-owned law firm, we combine the expertise and experience of larger firms with the friendly feel of a smaller law office.

Proven results: We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents. Our team works hard to recover the maximum compensation available by law. Our success rates—both in and out of court—speak for themselves.

Risk-free representation: Consultations are always free, and you will not pay any attorney’s fees until we win your case

Don't Wait to Protect Yourself

If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, don’t wait to protect your rights, gather essential evidence, and strategically prepare your claim.It is critical that you act quickly in securing quality representation. Contact Eisenberg Law Group today to get back on the path to physical and financial wellness, while helping to support your family members and anyone else who has been affected by the collision. You’ll pay nothing until we win your case.

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