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One of the most common causes of
personal injury is the slip and fall accident, which can result in significant injuries
in some cases. If you are injured, you may be eligible for compensation
if a property owner or tenant failed to exercise care in preventing hazards.
Slip and fall accidents can be caused by loose carpeting, wet floors,
unsafe stairways, or other instances of poor property maintenance or upkeep.
Frish Law Group, APLC can represent you in your slip and fall case, and help you establish owner
liability for your injuries caused by unsafe property conditions.
Establishing Liability for Slip and Fall Cases
There are 3 distinct ways to assign liability to a property owner for slip
and fall injuries:
- The property had unsafe conditions, even if the owner did not know they
existed. For example, a leaking pipe that creates a wet, slippery floor.
- The hazard was known but nothing was done to correct it, due to poor maintenance
practices or reluctance to spend money on repairs.
- The owner should have known about the hazard as a reasonable expectation
of maintaining a safe property.
The recovery of damages will depend upon whether the owner was negligent
in the management and repair of their property. An owner has a duty to
visitors to maintain a reasonable degree of safety on their premises,
and any facts that demonstrate a failure to exercise care can be used
to show negligence. Dangerous property conditions that cause injury should
be known to most responsible property owners, and if known, then the hazard
should be corrected.
Even if the owner was negligent in maintaining their premises, if you contributed
to the slip and fall, that may affect the amount of compensation that
you will recover. California uses a system of comparative negligence or
“shared fault” to assign a percentage of blame to each party.
For example, if you trip on a stairway, but also failed to use the handrail
for stability, then you may have contributed to your own injuries. Your
attorney can explain to you the facts and circumstances that may be included
in a comparative negligence analysis.
The Slip and Fall Lawsuit: Time Limits for Filing and Available Damages
If negligence was the reason for your accident, a lawsuit can be filed
against the owner or tenant of private property, or against a government
agency if the slip and fall occurred on public property. For private owners,
the suit must be filed within 2 years from the date of the accident. For
government agencies, the time to file is only 6 months.
Due to this California statute of limitations, if you have been injured
in a slip and fall, you should
contact an attorney right away. Frish Law Group, APLC has skilled slip and fall attorneys
in Woodland Hills ready to pursue a claim for damages on your behalf.
We will work to help you receive the maximum compensation possible.
Types of damages available for compensation in a slip and fall case can include:
- Medical bills for hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy
- Ongoing nursing and home care
- Loss of income and wages
- Pain and suffering if the injury has a lasting impact on your life
All these costs associated with your slip and fall injuries can have a
dramatic effect on your personal and work life. Allow the attorneys at
Frish Law Group, APLC to evaluate your case and discuss the possibility
of receiving compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies may offer
you a low settlement that does not begin to cover the extent of your damages,
and we will make sure that your right to recover your losses is protected.