Slip and Fall Injuries
You go to your local convenience store and they have just mopped the floors. The store clerk has neglected to put up the proper signage to warn patrons and you fall and bump your tailbone very hard.
You are leaving your apartment complex and the landlord has failed to maintain the parking lot. There is a dip in the concrete causing you to trip and hit your head on the side of the wall.
You first ignore your injuries but then begin to realize you are experiencing considerable pain. You inure quite a bit of cost in medical expenses, not to mention lost wages as you cannot carry out your job properly, due to your injuries.
Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. They can lead to severe injuries and can even be deadly, particularly if the person is elderly or already disabled in some manner. In fact, slip and falls are only second to automobile accidents as the cause of most major fatalities. Condos, apartment complexes, and major retailers are some of the most common types of businesses that are sued in slip and fall cases. These types of accidents can occur on sidewalks, stairways, cluttered aisles, escalators, and doorways just to name a few places. Businesses have a responsibility to make sure their premises are safe for all visitors and consumers.
In Los Angeles, property owners that have an obligation to make sure that their premises are safe. An example is the types of retail stores where people are invited by the property owner for business transactions. The store owners might have an obligation to make sure that their premises are safe, this could include making sure wet and/or mopped floors are properly labeled. If the property owner has an obligation to an injured party and that party was injured due to a failure to meet this obligation, then there might be a strong case for legal action.
A judge will look at many factors to determine if the slip and fall action is valid. They will see if the property owner created the dangerous situation. The judge will question what did the property owner do to mitigate the dangerous situation? Would a reasonable person have tried to repair the danger that was present on the property? Was there a lighting issue that contributed to the injury?
Putting together a comprehensive slip and fall case is a complex undertaking. You must gather eyewitnesses, perhaps obtain video records, and arrange for expert testimony. Many slip and fall cases are settled and it is important that you have someone on your side that can understand the complexities of the law and protect your rights.
The lawyers at the Los Angeles Injury Group are some of the best slip and fall attorneys in the city. They have many years of experience and know how to engage the legal system in a way that most benefits their clients. Please call for your free consultation today.