The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) specifically details wet floors as a hazard in the workplace. A wet floor may be a slipping hazard on any other premises as well.
Organizations such as OSHA set the standard for what is legally considered “reasonable” with respect to the safety of a given property, and their stance on wet floors carries weight.
If you or your loved one suffered an injury on any property because of wet and slippery floors, you might be able to hold someone liable for losses you have suffered. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to find out how a Los Angeles slippery floors lawyer may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf.
A Property Owner May Be Liable for Slippery Floor Accidents
According to CIV § 846,
entitled Obligations of Owners, a property owner may be legally responsible if:
- They knowingly fail to protect those who are on their property of potential hazards, such as a slick floor that could cause a slip and fall accident.
- They expressly invited you on their property.
- You suffered an injury caused by conditions of the property.
If you or your loved one slipped and fell while visiting a business and suffered an injury as a result, the owner of the property where your accident occurred may have liability for your injuries and losses related to your injuries.
CIV § 1714, entitled Obligations Imposed by Law, spells out property owners’ responsibilities:
- Property owners may be held legally responsible for their willful acts.
- Property owners may also be legally liable for actions determined to violate their “duty of care” to those on their property.
What does it mean to violate the duty of care? It typically means that the property owner or occupant (or an employee) must take reasonable care to protect those on their property from apparent risk of injury.
Here is an example: A shopper at a grocery store spills water on the floor and reports the spill to an employee, who does not act to clean up the spill in a reasonable amount of time. If you then slip and fall on the spill, the store owner could be held liable for any injuries you suffer as a result.
A property owner, or perhaps another party, may have to compensate you for your losses if you or a loved one slipped and fell on their property, or suffered another accident caused by the dangerous premises.
Special Regulations That May Apply to Your Slip and Fall Accident
A property owner may be the most likely defendant in your slip and fall injury case. However, depending on the circumstances of your accident, they may not be the only liable party.
Rental Property Managers
California housing law protects renters from wrongdoing by landlords, and these rules and regulations may be relevant in your lawsuit.
Landlords typically can be held liable for slip and fall accidents due to wet and slippery floors that were not adequately marked as hazards. However, a property maintenance company manager or caretaker could also be found liable for your accident if they are responsible for maintenance on the property where your accident occurred.
Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you determine who is responsible for your slip and fall accident. We can also provide advice on how to move forward in your pursuit of any compensation you may be entitled to receive. Call us today to get started.
For a free legal consultation with a Slippery Floors Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
A Los Angeles Slippery Floors Lawyer Can Assist You
If you know that you would like to pursue a lawsuit or have questions that you would like to clarify, a Los Angeles slippery floors lawyer may be able to help.
A lawyer will be happy to speak with you about your concerns and questions. They can give you an assessment of how strong your case for compensation may be. If you agree to move forward with a lawsuit, then the lawyer may:
- Help you determine which parties may be responsible for your slip and fall-related injuries.
- Provide an estimate for approximately how long cases like yours tend to take.
- Draft the initial paperwork to initiate your lawsuit.
- Ask you to provide any evidence in your possession relating to your accident and injuries.
- Conduct an independent investigation into your accident.
- Negotiate with insurance companies and attorneys for the defendant(s) to fight for fair compensation on your behalf.
- Fulfill all the legal steps (paperwork, court appearances, correspondence, and other legal duties) necessary to bring your case to resolution.
- Protect your rights from anyone who would attempt to violate them.
A slip and fall lawyer will fight for any compensation that you are entitled to obtain from a property owner, manager, or other defendant as determined by the circumstances surrounding your accident.
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Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will help you fight to get fair compensation, which may include awards covering:
- Health care costs stemming from injuries related to your fall.
- Lost income related to a slip and fall accident.
- Pain and suffering that results from the accident and its fallout.
- Any losses related to a wrongful death if your loved one died as the result of a fall.
Call the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation. We can explain how a Los Angeles slippery floors lawyer can fight for compensation on your behalf. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started.