Slip and Fall
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, more than one million hospital emergency room visits are attributed to slip and fall accidents every single year. In addition, 20-30% of all slip and fall accidents will result in moderate to severe injuries, including hip fractures, head injuries, and lacerations. Older adults and young children are more likely to experience serious injury after a slip and fall accident and 46% of all fatal slip and falls among seniors involve a brain jury.
Unfortunately, collecting compensation after a slip and fall accident isn’t always easy and property owners often fight these claims aggressively in order to reduce their own liabilities. Without a slip and fall accident attorney on your side, you may not recover the money you need to fully recover.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
An examination of insurance industry claims reveals that there are five major causes for slip and fall accidents:
Uneven, icy, or slippery walking surfaces (55%)
Inappropriate footwear (24%)
Lack of hazard warnings (10%)
Lack of training (8%)
A property owner has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for their clients, guests, and patrons. This means taking care to prevent serious slip and fall accidents from occurring by mopping up spills promptly, placing heavy duty weather mats at all entrances, placing caution signs when floors are newly polished or wet, and fixing known hazards quickly.
Proving Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident Case
In order to win your slip and fall accident case, you and your attorney must clearly prove liability. To do this, your attorney will need to show that:
The owner or manager of the property owed you a duty of care and that you were not trespassing at the time of the accident.
The owner or manager of the property was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition yet failed to take appropriate action to correct the dangers.
You fell and suffered injury as a result of the dangerous property condition.
You sustained damages as a result of your injuries.
Your attorney will investigate the accident closely and speak to any and all eyewitnesses. Photos from the accident scene will be examined, as well as the incident report and any other evidence that could help your case. Your attorney will need to determine if the property owner or manager acted negligently and whether or not this negligence directly led to your accident and injuries.
Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Accidents in California
In the State of California, injured slip and fall accident victims have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Minors who have suffered a slip and fall accident have two years from the time they turn 18-years-old to file a claim.
If the slip and fall accident occurred on government property, however, you may not have as much time as you think. Individuals injured on government property in California must file a claim within six months.
An experienced San Marcos slip and fall accident lawyer can help you during this difficult time and ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines for filing a claim.
Contact San Marcos Slip and Fall Lawyer Anthony Abbott
When you are injured in a slip and fall accident, it can be difficult to collect the money you need. Our San Marcos slip and fall injury accident law firm has the resources and experience to tackle even the most complex slip and fall accident case.
We believe that businesses, landlords and property owners have a responsibility to keep their guests and customers safe. When they fail to do so, they can – and should – be held accountable.
With an office conveniently located in San Marcos, we offer legal services throughout the entire San Diego area, including San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas, Poway, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, Del Mar, Pala Mesa, Rancho Santa Fe, El Cajon and more.
Contact Anthony Abbott, Attorney at Law at (760) 471-2322 or fill out our confidential contact form for a free initial consultation and review of your case. We’re ready to fight for you.