Slip and Fall
Any person who has experienced an unexpected fall understands how sudden and terrifying it can be. Whereas many are able to get right back up and deal with a little soreness, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents often result life-changing injuries. These injuries include fractured bones, neck/back injuries and other serious orthopedic injuries. According to the Brain Injury Association of California, falls are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injury every year. Our elderly population is particularly susceptible to serious injury when they fall.
Slip/trip and fall accidents become actionable when they occur as the result of a dangerous condition on another’s property. Under California law, the person responsible for the premises is generally the one legally required to maintain a premises free from dangerous conditions.
Common examples of dangerous conditions include the following:
- Equipment left unattended in stores/restaurants
- Substances left of the floor creating a slip hazard
- Uneven and defective sidewalks
- Defective parking lots
- Defective steps and stairways
- Poor lighting
- Defective elevators and escalators
If you or a loved one has suffered a fall, it is important that you accurately document the scene. This can be done effectively with photographs and/or video. You should also attempt to obtain the names and contact information of all individuals who witnessed the fall incident and/or scene of the incident.
Due to the difficult nature of these cases, it is critical that you contact an attorney to ensure you do not miss any deadlines, and that you properly preserve the necessary evidence. At Walton Law, A.P.C., we have successfully handled several cases involving slip/trip and falls, including those that have occurred in stores, parking lots, on public sidewalks and in nursing homes.
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