Sometimes, people may slip and fall in public places, such as stores, shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants, due to dangerous conditions. If the negligence of the property owners led to your slip and fall accident, you may need to get more information about your legal rights to compensation from a Bellflower slip and fall lawyer.
Our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm understands the pressures of suffering devastating injuries in an accident, being unable to work, and receiving many medical bills. As a result, our firm takes slip and fall claims on contingency, which means that you will not pay anything upfront for our legal representation. Once you receive your settlement, we will charge you part of that settlement for our work. Call (800) 223-5115 today, and learn about the different legal options that may be available to you.
Situations that May Lead to Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall occurs when you slip or trip on something in your path that causes you to fall. These accidents and the legal claims that result from them can occur on commercial or business properties, residential properties, or government properties.
Negligence is the careless or reckless behavior that falls below the reasonable standard of care that one should do under the same circumstances. Both action and inaction by a person or entity can lead to a personal injury lawsuit based on the at-fault party’s negligence. If the injury victims prove that the other party was negligent in causing the accident that led to the victims’ injuries, the other party may be responsible for the costs of the resulting injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents on Commercial Properties
When you are walking on a property that is open to the public, you may slip and fall after encountering slippery surfaces, spilled liquids, rain, cracked or uneven flooring, or other debris. As a customer, patron, or guest of the store, office, or restaurant that you are visiting, you expect to be in a reasonably safe environment. When a hazardous condition exists on the property that causes you to slip, fall, and suffer injuries, you may qualify for filing a claim against the property owners if they were negligent in some way.
For a slip and fall claim, commercial property owners can face liability for slip and fall accidents that happen on their property as a direct result of their negligence. What action or inaction constitutes negligence on the part of the property owners depends on the situation. For instance, store owners might be responsible for slip and fall injuries that result when employees fail to clean up a spill several hours after it occurs. Restaurant owners could be responsible for the injuries of guests who slip and fall on uneven flooring if they fail to warn customers of the potential hazard.
Slip and Fall Accidents on Residential Properties
Likewise, slip and fall accidents can occur on residential properties. If the property owners are negligent in failing to fix hazards on the property that they knew about or should have known about and an accident was foreseeable, they can face liability if an accident occurs.
Slip and Fall Accidents on Government Properties
If you or a loved one slips, falls, and suffers injuries on local, state, or federal government property, you may still have a claim for compensation. However, the rules for bringing these claims can be different than for claims against private parties.
For example, the California Government Code (GOV) §911.2 requires that injury victims generally give notice of their claims to the appropriate government entity within six months of the date that their accidents occurred. Whereas usually, the statute of limitations is two years to bring a personal injury claim against the responsible party, under the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1, in California.
As a result of these unique rules and regulations for claims against government entities, consulting a Bellflower slip and fall lawyer can be a way to help ensure that you meet the requirements to be eligible for legal relief. Get in touch with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for assistance with building your case.
Slip and Fall Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Although slip and fall accidents can be minor and result in little more bruises, some of these accidents can have severe consequences. Head injuries, hip fractures, broken ribs, and other broken bones are just a few of the injuries that might result from a slip and fall accident.
The risks of slipping and falling are particularly serious for Americans who are over the age of 65. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of five older Americans who slip and fall suffers a severe injury. At least three million of these individuals receive treatment in U.S. emergency rooms each year, and 800,000 of them must receive inpatient treatment.
For a free legal consultation with a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 223-5115
Contact Us Today for Legal Advice
If the negligence of property owners led to you or your loved one suffering injuries in a slip and fall accident, you could bring a legal claim against them. Various deadlines and requirements exist under state law for filing these claims, so getting legal advice can be crucial to your ability to bring your claim. Promptly consulting a Bellflower slip and fall lawyer can mean the difference between receiving compensation for your losses or having no choice but to handle the costs of your injuries on your own.
When your accident was preventable and the conduct of the property owners was a substantial factor in your accident, you have a right to demand assistance with the medical bills and other costs of a serious accident. Call (800) 223-5115 to learn more about your legal options with the help of the attorneys and staff at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm.