If you suffer injuries after a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your losses. However, to do so, you will have to prove that an unsafe condition caused your fall and that the property owner had failed to ensure the conditions of their property were free from hazards and dangers.
Building a slip and fall accident case to receive compensation can prove legally challenging and complex. Our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you better understand how an Inglewood slip and fall lawyer can work with you to build a slip and fall accident case.
Call us today at (800) 223-5115 for a free consultation. We can discuss the details of your accident and how you might be eligible to receive compensation under the law.
Premises Liability Law
For a victim of a slip and fall injury to bring a claim or lawsuit against a property owner under premises liability law, they must prove there was an unsafe or hazardous condition on the property that directly caused their fall. It is not enough for a victim to claim the property owner remains legally liable if they stumbled, slipped, or tripped on their own accord on a person’s property.
Some examples of unsafe conditions on a property include:
- Failure to remove snow, ice, or other slippery substances from the property, sidewalk, or parking lot of a property
- Failure to clean wet or slippery floors inside of a property
- Poorly maintained sidewalks and parking lots that have cracked, uneven, or broken pieces
- Failure to remove debris either outside or inside the property
- Failure to barricade or warn guests of hazardous or dangerous conditions on the property
Understanding the Legal Concept of Notice in Property Law
While the law does not require a property owner to make their property perfectly and absolutely safe, it does require the owner to make their property at least reasonably safe for anyone legally allowed to be on their property. This means that the owner has a legal responsibility to repair, replace, or warn visitors of any dangerous or hazardous condition that they are aware of on the property. Certain dangerous conditions may exist that a property owner does not know about. In certain cases, a property owner has a reasonable time to make the discovery of a hazardous or dangerous condition before they have a legal responsibility to any victim of a slip and fall accident.
For example, if a child spills their juice in a store and a customer immediately behind them slips and falls, the property owner might not have a legal responsibility for the accident, as they did not have a reasonable amount of time to learn about the danger and either warn customers or clean the spill.
If you have suffered injuries on another person’s property, learn more about your right to bring a claim or a lawsuit by speaking with our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. An Inglewood slip and fall lawyer can help you determine if the property owner, in your case, had adequate notice and time to fix the danger or at least warn customers or visitors of the hazardous condition. Give us a call today for a free consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer serving Inglewood, call (800) 223-5115
How You Can Receive Compensation for Your Slip and Fall Injury
One million people seek treatment in an emergency room as a result of their slip and fall injury according to research provided by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). Also, millions of older Americans suffer the worst injuries related to slip and fall accidents, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In most cases, a person with a slip and fall injury will have to negotiate with the insurance company of the property owner before they could receive a settlement offer to pay their medical bills, the wages lost, and pain and suffering. To receive an offer that is fair, a victim must build a strong personal injury case to show that their injuries and losses from the slip and fall accident were the direct results of the property owner’s negligence. To prove that you can pursue compensation under the law, you must prove the following:
- The property owner had knowledge (or had a reasonable time to learn) that their property contained an unsafe or dangerous condition.
- The property owner failed to warn visitors that had a legal right to be on the property of the hazardous or dangerous condition.
- The property owner failed to correct the hazard or unsafe condition in a reasonable amount of time.
- The victim suffered actual injuries or harm as a direct result of the property owner’s negligence regarding an unsafe or dangerous condition on the property.
- The victim provided evidence from a medical professional or health care provider that details the actual costs associated with the injuries suffered from the slip and fall accident.
- The victim provided evidence from their place of employment detailing the amount of lost wages, used vacation and sick leave, missed bonuses, missed promotions, lost employee benefit and pension contributions, and any other wage or employment-related compensation lost as a result of their inability to return to work following their slip and fall accident.
- The victim provided a journal of their pain and suffering, indicating the activities they can no longer perform due to their injuries. This could include the loss of enjoyment of life or the ability to perform daily tasks, which could be calculated as part of one’s pain and suffering. An attorney can advise you further in this area.
An attorney can negotiate with an insurance company for a settlement on your behalf or file a lawsuit in court if a fair settlement is unattainable. If you have decided to pursue legal action, you have two years to do so under the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1. The sooner you start your case, the more time your lawyer will have work on it and file it by or before the deadline.
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Consider Hiring an Inglewood Slip and Fall Lawyer
Every slip and fall accident will have its facts and circumstances. You may have the right to receive compensation for some, or all, of these different areas listed above. Speaking with an Inglewood slip and fall lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm might help you determine the compensation you could receive from an insurance company following your slip and fall injury. Give us a call today at (800) 223-5115 to schedule your free consultation.