Walnut Creek Slip & Fall Accident Attorney
Get Compensation for a Slip & Fall Accident
When a floor or walkway is not maintained or kept clear, it could cause a person to slip or trip and result in personal injury. Slip and fall accidents are common causes of workplace injuries and workers' compensation claims. Some accidents may even involve a third party, making a crossover case very possible. However, slip and falls are just as possible in public and private locations as they are in workplaces and, if another party can be held responsible for the maintenance of the floor or walkway, they may be able to be held responsible for the injured party's suffering.
Proving Property Owner Negligence
One of the biggest challenges in premises liability cases is proving liability for the injuries sustained. A property owner can be held liable for your injuries if they failed to maintain a safe environment or warn of a dangerous condition that existed on the property. There are many factors of proving liability but generally, the injured party will have to prove:
- that the person whose actions led to the injury (the defendant) owned, leased or occupied the property
- that the defendant was negligent in their use or treatment of the property
- that this negligent behavior was a substantial factor in causing the injuries sustained
Slip & Fall Accident Injuries
Slip and fall injuries can cause severe injury to the accident victim. Though cuts and bruises are common, they often require little to no medical treatment aside from basic first aid. The serious cases include injuries such as deep cuts and lacerations, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), or spinal cord injuries. For catastrophic injuries such as TBI or spinal cord injuries, permanent and debilitating damage is possible. If you have suffered a slip and fall accident, don't wait another moment to get medical attention. The longer you wait to have a doctor examine you, the higher your chances of permanent injury become. After seeing a physician, consult with a Walnut Creek personal injury attorney at Brand Peters LLP to learn what legal options are available to you.
Slip and fall injuries can be caused by:
- Ignored spills or leaks on floors
- Objects left on floors or sidewalks
- Uncovered cables and cords
- Broken or missing railings
- Potholes or breaks in pavement
- Snags or raised edges in carpeting
- Inadequate lighting that hinders the visibility of walkway hazards
- Unmarked changes in the level of flooring
Elements of a Successful Slip & Fall Case
Slip and fall cases involve the legal concept of premises liability. In simple terms, premises liability law requires property owners to take reasonable measures to protect people from hazards on their property. When an individual is injured on their property, property owners can be held legally responsible.
Generally speaking, the following elements must be present to prove that a property owner negligently caused a slip and fall:
- The owner knows, or through reasonable care should have known,
- About a hazardous condition on the property he or she controls, and
- Fails to repair, protect against, or give adequate warning of the condition.
Compensation for Slip & Fall Victims
Plaintiffs who are injured as a result of a property owner's negligence may be entitled to recover monetary damages. Since the exact value of these damages will vary on a case-by-case basis, it is important to consult with a skilled attorney to determine the exact value of your case.
Damages may include:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and other income
- Lost earning capacity
Plaintiffs may be able to receive punitive damages in rare cases where a property owner acts with extreme negligence or a blatant disregard for human safety. Examples of where punitive damages may be awarded include situations that resulted in wrongful death or if the defendant intentionally destroyed or concealed evidence of liability.
Get Help from a Walnut Creek Slip & Fall Accident Attorney
If another party was responsible for keeping a floor or walkway clean, clear and safe and they failed to do so, resulting in your injury, then fight to hold them liable. With assistance from an attorney at our firm, you could win maximum compensation after any kind of personal injury. Our lawyers share 60 years of combined legal experience and could use their accumulation of resources and knowledge to win you the payout you deserve. Call today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can fight for you.
Don't pay for your injuries when another party caused your accident. Contact an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer today to fight for the compensation you need in order to cover your medical treatment.
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