Slip and fall accidents can occur both indoors and outdoors and can result in catastrophic personal injuries, including fractures, serious soft tissue injuries, dislocations, and even traumatic brain injuries. A landowner’s liability for a slip and fall accident depends on a number of factors, including the cause of the slip and fall and whether the injured person was lawfully on the property.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, under California law, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries and damages. The Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg can review the circumstances of your slip and fall case and can assist you with recovering the monetary compensation you need and deserve.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Some of the most common causes of California slip and fall accidents include the following:
- Damaged or pothole-filled sidewalks, walkways, or driveways leading into a home or business
- Wet floors with unmarked puddles or spills that are not cleaned up in a timely manner
- Poorly lit areas
- Debris on sidewalks, walkways, and other heavily trafficked areas that is not adequately removed in a timely manner
Legal Status on the Land
The duty owed by premises owners and operators to those visiting the premises depends upon the visitor’s status on the land. Visitors to the premises can usually be labeled as a business invitee, licensee, or trespasser.
- Business Invitee –A business invitee is owed the highest duty of care because he or she is on the premises for the purpose of benefitting the premises owner or operator. Business owners and operators owe their invitees a duty of reasonable care to make the property safe and to warn of any known dangers that cannot readily be ascertained. A business owner may also owe duty to undertake reasonable inspections of the premises for unknown dangers.
- Licensee – A licensee is on the premises for his or her own purposes, and not for the benefit of the owner or occupier of the premises. Premises owners and operators owe licensees a duty to provide reasonable notice or warning of any known, concealed dangers.
- Trespasser – A trespasser is someone who is not permitted to be on the premises for any purpose and is not generally owed a duty of care, except under some limited circumstances.
What You Should do After Sustaining a Slip and Fall Injury
Immediately after sustaining a slip and fall injury, you should take the following first steps in order to maximize the value of your case and obtain the best result via settlement or at trial:
- Take photographs of the dangerous condition that caused you to fall and the injuries that you have suffered
- Seek medical care at an emergency room or other urgent care facility.
- Follow through with all of the emergency room doctor’s treatment recommendations.
- Follow-up with a primary care physician or specialist.
- Avoid gaps in medical treatment.
- Attend all medical and physical therapy appointments, arrive on time, and stay for the entire session.
- Follow-up with an experienced California slip and fall personal injury attorney.
Contact a Los Angeles Slip and Fall Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
Slip and fall accidents can sometimes be difficult to prove, and the insurance company may deny or severely limit its liability exposure in a slip and fall case. Therefore, it is essential that you seek legal representation as soon as possible in order to recover the monetary compensation you need and deserve.
To speak with a Calabasas slip and fall attorney today, call our office at 818-591-8058 or contact us online.