Sometimes slips and falls are just accidents, such as when you trip and fall down your stairs at home. At other times, however, you may fall on someone else’s property. When property owners are careless about keeping their properties safe, they can face financial responsibility for any harm that comes to others. In this situation, you may want to seek advice from a Monrovia slip and fall lawyer.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we know how challenging the aftermath of a catastrophic slip and fall accident can be. Your injuries—which could include a traumatic brain injury, back injury, or broken bones—may leave you unable to work, perhaps permanently. As a result, you likely are suffering not only physically, but also emotionally and financially.
A Monrovia slip and fall lawyer can help you fight for justice. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 223-5115 to get answers to your questions about legal rights and filing a claim for compensation for your injuries.
Consequences of Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), across the globe, over 37 million unintentional falls result in injuries that are severe enough to require medical treatment each year. About 646,000 people die from their injuries.
The amount of money spent on medical treatment related to falls each year is high as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that non-fatal falls of adults over the age of 65 cost about $50 billion, and fatal falls cost about $754 million. These figures do not even include the costs of falls for people under the age of 65.
Legal Duty of Property Owners
California Civil Code (CIV) §1714 states that property owners are liable or financially responsible for any injuries that happen to people on their property due to their failure to properly maintain it. As a result, property owners—whether private, public, or governmental—have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe for the benefit of others. This duty includes regularly inspecting the property for hazardous conditions, fixing any problems that might pose a danger, or warning others of the potential hazards until they can fix them. The extent to which a property owner must make efforts to fulfill this duty depends on the circumstances.
What may be satisfactory efforts to maintain property in a reasonably safe condition may be insufficient in others. In any case, if the property owner does not make reasonable efforts to maintain the property in a safe condition, then they may be responsible for the injuries that occur if someone later slips and falls.
For example, suppose a spill of clear liquid laundry detergent creates a slip and fall hazard in a grocery store. If two hours later, no employees have noticed the spill or taken any action to remedy the situation, then the property owner might be liable for a customer who slips and falls because of the spill. If, however, employees notice the spill within about 15 minutes and post warning signs around the spill while they gather supplies to clean it up, then the property owner might not be liable if a customer slips and falls in the meantime. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation about the specifics of your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer serving Monrovia, call (800) 223-5115
Recoverable Damages in Slip and Fall Claims
Injury victims of slip and fall accidents that occur on someone else’s property may be eligible for various types of compensation for their injuries. While these can differ substantially from case to case, some kinds of compensation are common to many slip and fall claims. For instance, medical bills related to the injuries are typically compensable, including hospital stays, surgeries, and rehabilitation costs. Expenses for medications and medical assistive devices, such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, also are common types of compensation.
If you are unable to return to work for a period following your accident, you can seek compensation for lost wages. Furthermore, if your injuries prevent you from returning to work permanently because you are no longer able to perform the duties of your job, you may be able to seek compensation for lost future income and earning capacity.
Other types of compensation may be more intangible. You might be able to recover compensation for physical pain and suffering related to your injuries, emotional trauma from the accident, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. A Monrovia slip and fall lawyer can help you determine all possible types of compensation that might be available in your personal injury claim.
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Contact a Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
Slip and fall accidents that cause you significant injuries can be traumatic in many ways—physically, emotionally, and financially. You may be unable to work for some time as medical bills continue to mount. If your injuries occurred in a slip and fall accident that was caused by a property owner failing to maintain their property, you may have a claim for compensation against them. A Monrovia slip and fall lawyer can evaluate the circumstances that led to your accident, determine the most effective strategy for your case, and work to pursue compensation for your losses.
The financial aftermath of a severe accident that leaves you injured can be especially devastating. You may wonder how you can pay for a lawyer to pursue your claim when you have so many medical bills and cannot work. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is dedicated to making it possible for slip and fall accident victims and their families to get legal relief when the negligence of others caused their injuries. We work on a contingency basis, so you do not have to pay us any fees upfront to get legal representation. We will only collect a fee if we are able to win your case.
To learn more, contact our team today at (800) 223-5115 for a free case evaluation.