Slip and fall accidents are amazingly common. In fact, they’re the
most common form of accident that results in injury. These types of accidents
can result from anything from loose gravel to cracks in the pavement to
slippery or icy surfaces.
When you slip and fall through circumstances that aren’t your fault,
you can sometimes hold the responsible party accountable and collect compensation
for the injuries you suffer. To do this, however, you’ll need to
know the right steps to take. Explore the complexities that are involved
in slip and fall accidents in public places and why it’s important
to have a personal injury attorney’s help.
The first step in pursuing any personal injury claim is determining who
actually holds responsibility for the accident. When you fall on a sidewalk,
it can sometimes be tricky to understand who is liable. If you’re
in front of a business, the business owner is likely responsible. If you’re
visiting a friend’s house, your friend may be responsible.
What if you’re visiting an apartment building, however? Is it the
owner, the property manager or the tenants? If you get hurt on city property,
does the city bear responsibility, or do they have a contract with a third
party to maintain the pavement? Likewise, if they are responsible, does
the city have immunity or limits on how much you can collect?
In order to seek legal compensation for any injuries resulting from your
fall, you’ll next need to prove that someone was negligent. This
means that those responsible for maintaining the property had a responsibility
to keep it safe, and they failed to do so. This specific failure, in turn,
is what caused you to fall and get hurt.
If for example, the concrete is crumbling, cracked and uneven and has been
that way for some time without being addressed in any way, the responsible
party can be held negligent. If on the other hand, a crack results from
a bad earthquake just a few hours ago, you may have a more difficult time
Likewise, if you slip and fall because someone just spilled something slippery
on the walk a few minutes before you came along, it could be argued that
the property manager or responsible party didn’t have enough time
to address the problem. If the spill happened hours or days ago, on the
other hand, there’s been at least enough time to post a sign.
Getting Help from a Personal Injury Attorney
When you slip and fall, pursuing a lawsuit for damages can get complicated
between proving negligence, obeying all local statutes and following statute
of limitation deadlines. It’s important to have help from a qualified
personal injury attorney.
Not only can the right attorney help you to avoid critical mistakes, they
can prove your case and help you stand up against insurance companies
intent on avoiding paying your claim. If you’re in central California
and need help with your personal injury case, call on the attorneys at
Dunnion Law Firm for help today.