Slip and fall accidents happen all the time in the United States, whether because of the poor upkeep of a walkway or public space or some other form of negligence. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and fall incidents account for over a million emergency room visits every year.
Slip and fall accidents are very common, regardless of the time of year. However, they are not always as straightforward as you may think. The term “slip and fall” refers to any situation where a person slips, trips, or falls on a dangerous or uneven surface and sustains an injury.
Slip and fall accidents occur every day on sidewalks and parking lots and in department stores, grocery stores, and many other types of businesses.
California Slip and Fall Laws
In California, when you suffer a serious injury in a slip and fall accident because of another party’s negligence, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim. As the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1 outlines, the statute of limitations for slip and fall claims is two years from “an action for…injury to, or for the death of, an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.”
To prove negligence in a Los Angeles slip and fall case, you must show that the person or business responsible for the property had an obligation – or duty – to keep the premises safe.
Common Places for Slips And Falls
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, but the following places are where we see these accidents occur the most:
- Grocery stores
- Swimming pools
- Other places of business
- Job sites
What is the Most Common Cause Of Slips, Trips, and Falls?
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Uneven sidewalks or floors
- Deteriorating floors
- Wet floors
- Environmental conditions, such as rain or snow
- Unsafe ladders
- Unsafe stairs
- Inadequate safety protocols
- Loose floorboards, rugs, or mats on stairs
- Liquids that have not been cleaned up
- Grease, oil, or other substances on the floor
Who is Responsible for a Fall Injury?
If you slip, trip, or fall on another person’s property or business and the accident was caused by the negligence of the property owner, manager, business owner, or another responsible party; they may be held liable for your injuries.
Some questions to consider when proving liability include:
- Was the property owner aware of the dangerous condition and failed to respond in a reasonable manner?
- Did the property owner or manager cause the spill, uneven surface, or other conditions that led to your accident?
- If the property owner was not aware of the dangerous condition, would another person act in a reasonable way had they discovered the problem and remedied it with the appropriate steps?
If you wish to consult with a legal advisor, our attorneys are available to answer any and all questions you may have. Questions or concerns about the legal process and your right to compensation will be addressed so you will thoroughly understand all the details of your case. Travel to your home or temporary medical facility is possible, if appropriate.
How Much is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?
Several important factors must be considered when determining how much a California slip and fall case is worth:
- The amount and type of economic damage caused (including medical bills, physical therapy or rehabilitation, and other expenses related to the person’s injuries)
- How likely it is that the victim’s injuries will require long-term treatment
- The monetary value of lost wages from work or other income due to the injuries suffered
- If the person’s injuries will prevent them from returning to work
- The non-economic damages (including pain and suffering, which is subjective but calculated based on the injuries sustained)
All of the above help you calculate the proposed settlement. Often, insurers use a multiplier (typically between 1.5 and 5 based on the type of injury) to determine how much the slip and fall case is worth. For more information on this, or if you have additional questions for our Los Angeles slip and fall accident lawyers, please contact Wilshire Law Firm today.
What is the Average Settlement for Slip and Fall?
The settlement following a California slip and fall accident will depend on the specific details surrounding your case, but the average is between $15,000 and $45,000. Factors to consider include the severity of your injuries and the financial losses you experienced.
If medical treatment is not provided through your health insurance, our firm is prepared to arrange any required medical treatment by our network of participating physicians and hospitals.
Our attorneys demand repayment by the liable party for costs related to any of the following afflictions attributed to a slip or fall accident:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Deep puncture wounds
- Dislocated bones Head trauma
Why Do I Need a Los Angeles Slip and Fall Attorney?
Working with a Los Angeles slip and fall attorney to file a claim is your best chance of receiving compensation and holding responsible parties liable for their actions. Slip and fall accidents are often severe, resulting in long-term injuries that require years of rehabilitation, not to mention the emotional trauma.
To seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or any other damages suffered, contact our California slip and fall law firm. These cases are often complicated. An experienced Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, whether your injuries happened in a workplace accident or resulted in wrongful death.
If you lack medical insurance, immediate contact with our attorneys will ensure your proper representation in the aftermath of the accident. The firm’s complete management of any and all negotiations is conducted so that you can dedicate yourself to the recovery and rehabilitation from injury.
Discussions with insurance companies, adjusters, and their legal consultants are handled entirely by our attorneys with your best interests kept in the forefront at all times. All representation and legal services are offered on a contingent fee basis, with reimbursement only necessary after a settlement in your favor is reached. There is no prepayment required for any legal or medical services.
If you wish to consult with a legal advisor, our attorneys will answer any questions you may have. Questions or concerns about the legal process and your right to compensation will be addressed so you will thoroughly understand all the details of your case. Travel to your home or temporary medical facility is possible, if appropriate.