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Uneven stairs, puddles of water, or other hazardous conditions can cause you to slip and fall. These setbacks can happen anywhere, from a grocery store to a shopping mall. Many people, especially people over 65, suffer catastrophic injuries from slip and fall accidents. Victims of slip and falls may be eligible for compensation for lost wages, pain, medical expenses, and suffering. If you or a loved one is seriously injured as a result of a fall, please do not hesitate to speak with a member of our team about your legal options. Our Los Angeles slip and fall accident attorneys can help clients with catastrophic fall injuries. We will fight for maximum compensation from any liable parties based on our many years of experience and achievements.

What is the responsibility of a property owner to prevent slipping and falling in Los Angeles?

The owner has a general duty (known as the duty of care) to keep his property in good condition and to protect or warn others from dangerous circumstances. If the property owner violates this responsibility and harms another person, he or she may be held liable for any damage in a personal injury claim.

However, it is important to remember that being hurt on someone else's property does not always mean that the owner is responsible. The owner of a property or business is not responsible for the safety of anyone who enters his or her premises.

Instead, the criterion of "reasonableness" is applied to an individual or company. As a result, if a reasonable owner was aware of the condition and could take steps to make it safe, and did not, the owner could be considered negligent.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

In theory, anything on the property can cause slip and fall accidents. However, not all causes of these accidents lead to the liability of the owner. Below are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents for which compensation may be paid:

  • Wet or uneven surfaces
  • Inadequate preparation for hazardous work
  • Unfavorable weather conditions
  • Neglect in nursing homes

Other likely causes include wearing inappropriate shoes or not being able to pay attention to your surroundings while walking. Doing so could make you partially responsible for a slip and fall accident, which could affect the outcome of your slip and fall claim.

Defenses to a slip and fall claim in California

Slip and fall claims are often met with protection from defendants and insurance companies that pay for their claims. Property owners and other defendants often argue that the plaintiff violated the boundary of ownership, that the owner was unaware of the unsafe condition, or that the plaintiff was partially responsible for the fall. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys are ready to answer these types of defenses.

It is important to understand that even if your own negligence was partially responsible for the accident, you might be eligible for slip and fall compensation. However, the amount of compensation you may receive will be reduced in proportion to your fault. For example, if your losses are $100,000 and the jury decides that you are 20% at fault, your recovery will be reduced to $80,000. Since most claims will be settled prior to litigation, your compensation will be determined through negotiations with the insurance company. As a result, it is very important to hire an experienced lawyer who will fight for your interests.

Slip and fall accidents can result in life-threatening injuries.

It is very important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident of slipping or falling. What appears to be a tiny bump on your head can be a concussion, which can get worse quickly if left untreated. An ache that feels like a sprain may be a broken bone that will get worse if you don't seek medical attention right away. Many minor injuries result from slipping and falling, but they can also lead to serious injury or even death. We observed the following injuries:

  • Ankle fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Wrist fractures
  • Hip fractures
  • Skull fractures
  • Other serious injuries

Seeing a medical professional as soon as possible after a fall injury will improve your prognosis as well as increase the credibility of your claim. Having early evidence of this helps insurance appraisers and juries to validate your injury and damage.

Slip and fall compensation

A professional lawyer will fight for full monetary and non-monetary compensation for your losses. Future losses can be added, but they must be demonstrated with some certainty. Before your claim is settled or brought to court, it is very important to indicate the alleged damage. Once the case is closed, it is almost impossible to reopen a claim and increase claim compensation.

Below are some examples of potential economic losses:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Home modifications taking into account disability
  • Medical expenses incurred in the past and expected in the future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral expenses
  • Suffering on a psychological level
  • Loss of partnership or Consortium.

How is our Law Firm different from others?

Many law firms handle slip and fall claims. On the other hand, most personal injury law firms represent large numbers of clients with mild injuries and tend to settle every case without spending a lot of time on it. Our lawyers at Amerberg Law Group, on the other hand, understand that clients with long-term injuries usually require a lot of resources to prove their case. We can use these resources to help our clients protect their legal rights as needed.

Our lawyers in Los Angeles can help you with the process of filing a claim for your damages, regardless of what caused the accident, where it happened, or the serious injury that caused it. We have the resources and energy to give your case its required consideration because we limit our practice to catastrophic trauma. We also provide a free legal assessment of your rights and advise you on whether our firm can assist you in obtaining financial recovery.

Contact us for a free no-obligation quote today.

Statistics

  • Unfortunately nowadays Los Angeles is considered to have the highest rate of traffic accidents resulting in injuries and fatal outcomes in the United States.
  • In 2019 alone there have been roughly 54,000 collisions reported, making it a bit less than 2018, according to the LAPD including 236 reported deaths.
  • It is a very disturbing fact that the amount of traffic collision deaths is 32% more compared to the previous 5 years making the pedestrians the majority of the victims.
  • LAPD categorized over 25,300 crashes as hit-and-runs.
  • Pedestrian fatalities raised by 69% over the past few years.
  • Important to understand that fleeing the collision scene makes it a felony even in case it was not the driver’s fault.
  • The main reason for the crash increase was caused by DUI and texting

What to do in a car accident?

When you get into an accident you might feel a bit or a lot frustrated, depending on the severity of the collision. It is important to pull yourself together (if possible) and take the following steps promptly:

1. Move to a safe area right away (if you can)
Move your vehicle / motorcycle out of the way, for example the road shoulder, in order to prevent further harm. If your car is impossible to move, turn on your emergency lights to let other drivers know that you’re going to be there for a while.
2. Stop your car and get out of it
Make sure that your car has come to a complete stop and is no longer moving, turn it off, put it into the park mode or use the hand break if you’re driving a manual. Take a deep breath and look around to make sure it is safe to get out before you open the door. Flares and other safety items might come in handy.
3. Check on other people
Walk over to the other parties involved (drivers, passengers and pedestrians) in order to make sure they are not hurt. If someone is injured it is time to call 911. A person may be severely injured even if showing no significant signs other than dizziness and bruises.
4. Report to the police
It is always best to have a police officer come to the scene which will allow you to prove important details in the future when dealing with the insurance company. Be careful not to admit fault or put the blame on the involved drivers right away at the scene. This would be the police job to adequately judge the situation and conclude whose fault it really is. There are cases when police often don't come to the scene (usually when there’s no injuries), in which case you can simply report your accident to your local DMV.
5. Information exchange
Try to gather as much information as possible according to the list below:
  • Name of the driver and the passengers
  • License plate number
  • Insurance information
  • All involved vehicles makes and models
  • Accident location
  • The police officer’s name or badge number
6. Documenting the scene
Most likely you have your smartphone with a camera, use it to take a few pictures of the accident. This will be a great addition to the other claim details.
7. File your insurance claim
All these steps will make the process much smoother and less stressful.

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