When you visit stores, restaurants, and hotels, you expect them to be safe from any dangerous conditions. If you slip and fall due to a hazard at that location, however, you might have a claim for compensation against the owner of the property. A Lakewood slip and fall lawyer can evaluate your potential claim, present your options, and answer your questions. Together, you can make decisions about your claim and how to pursue remedies that benefit you and your family.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we understand how challenging it can be for you and your family after a slip and fall accident that leaves you with devastating injuries. You may be even more frustrated knowing that the property owner could have prevented your accident.
Holding property owners accountable for their carelessness can give you peace of mind and prevent others from suffering similar injuries in the future. Call (800) 223-5115 to learn about the legal relief available to you in this situation.
Slip and Fall Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people go to the emergency room each year to get treatment for fall-related injuries. More than 3 million of these individuals are older than age 65. Furthermore, the most common cause of death for older Americans is falling.
Slip and fall claims can stem from slipping when you lose your balance or footing, tripping when your foot catches on something, and falling when you suddenly or unexpectedly hit the ground.
For example, you might slip on a spill in the grocery store, wet floors following a rainstorm, or an overly waxed floor. You can trip when the flooring is cracked or uneven, or debris is in your pathway.
All of these slips and falls can lead to catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), broken bones, back injuries, and more.
If the owners of a business or another type of property open to the public failed to properly maintain the property and eliminate hazards, they could be responsible if you suffer injuries in a fall.
Premises Liability Law
Under the California Civil Code (CIV) §1714, property owners are responsible for injuries that occur on their property as a result of their lack of maintaining the property. This statutory duty creates a legal claim that is sometimes known as a premises liability claim. If people suffer injuries due to a dangerous condition on the property, they might have a legal claim against the property owner for the costs of their injuries.
Although state law establishes some exceptions to this liability, property owners generally must routinely inspect and take reasonable action to fix any conditions that could be dangerous to other people. The type of action considered reasonable depends on the circumstances.
For instance, if a condition requires only a minor fix, the property owner must fix it within a reasonable time, which is likely to be quick. For more extensive problems, property owners may need to place warning signs or block off specific areas so that others can avoid potential harm until they can get a solution to the problem.
If you are ready to seek legal representation in your slip and fall case, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case evaluation. Our legal team is ready to help you explore your legal options for financial recovery.
For a free legal consultation with a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 223-5115
Getting Legal Help in Your Slip and Fall Accident
Many people who suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident initially may minimize their injuries and blame themselves for being clumsy or unobservant of their surroundings. However, your injuries could keep you from working and engaging in regular activities much longer than you might think. Your medical bills may be much more extensive than you planned. Holding the property owner responsible for your accident could help you with the financial difficulties that you could be facing due to your injuries.
Time limits apply to filing a slip and fall claim under state law. The California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 gives you only two years from the date of your accident and injuries to file your lawsuit for compensation against the property owner and other potentially liable parties.
If your lawsuit is against a government entity, you may have even less time to act. While two years might seem like a long time, the legal process tends to move slowly, so getting your case started early can benefit you. Furthermore, if you miss this deadline because you hesitated to get help, you will lose your chance to seek any compensation for your injuries.
Too many injury victims are reluctant to get legal help, even when they need it. You should not have to bear the costs of your injuries on your own and wait until your injuries worsen. You also should not have to argue with uncooperative insurance companies to get compensation for your injuries while you also are trying to recover from them. Instead, you can get a legal opinion from a Lakewood slip and fall lawyer about your claim so that you are aware of your options for relief and your rights to compensation.
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If you fall after slipping or tripping on dangerous or carelessly maintained conditions in a store, business, or even a government office, you might have a valid legal claim against the property owner. In too many cases, the property owners could have prevented your fall and the resulting injuries simply by inspecting their property, fixing any hazardous conditions, or at least warning the public of the potential dangers. Failure to exercise this reasonable level of care in maintaining a property can lead directly to liability.
A Lakewood slip and fall lawyer can investigate the facts surrounding your slip and fall, identify potentially responsible parties, and help you pursue your case.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we are aware of the financial challenges that a slip and fall accident resulting in severe injuries to you or a family member can cause. We can take your case on contingency, meaning that you pay no fees until you receive compensation for your injuries. Call (800) 223-5115 to get the process of seeking compensation started today.