What To Know—And Demand—From a Slip-and-Fall Lawyer

If you’ve had a slip-and-fall accident you may be wondering who’s on your side, who’s at fault, and what you can do to protect yourself. 

In times like these, it may be hard to know who to trust. Many people get intimidated or railroaded by the at-fault party. That’s why it’s crucial to know what to expect (and demand) from a slip-and-fall lawyer, as well as the intricate legal process that awaits you. 

Many law offices will try to “push you through the system”—move your case along as fast as possible without giving you the patience and attention you deserve. Grossman Law Offices do things a bit differently. We view every one of our clients as an individual, a real person with human needs, not just a “case” or a “matter.” Why? Because we live and work in the community, we know that reputation matters, and we’d rather do the right thing than the fast thing. 

In fact, we’ve been a dedicated member of the Central Valley and Southern California communities for over 50 years. We know the people and the neighborhoods as well as you. We have a personal investment in the community and your well-being, which shows in how we handle your legal case. Just ask anyone who’s worked with us, they’ll tell you about our integrity.

About Grossman Law

Our top-notch lawyers offer a wide variety of legal services for accident victims, from slip-and-fall accidents to personal injury, defective products, and even farming accidents. We’re always ready to help in both English and Spanish. The best part? You don’t pay anything unless you win your case. 

And to make it easier, we’ve got lawyers near you, ready to help. The lawyers in our Fresno office serve Central Valley communities from Bakersfield to Sacramento, and even Northern California. Our offices in Woodland Hills serve the greater Los Angeles area. 

We’re happy to meet with you however you like. Want a convenient phone call or video conference? No problem. Prefer to meet in person? Just let us know. You’ll get face-to-face attention from our lawyers because at Grossman Law Offices, we aim to make things as easy as possible for you.

Our knowledge and experience with slip-and-fall accidents sets us apart from other law firms. We have extensive experience in all kinds of injuries, and we will use that expertise to walk you through your case from start to finish. You usually won’t be responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses and you do not pay anything unless you win your case.

The Right Time To Hire A Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyer

There are thousands of slip-and-fall accidents in California each year at homes, businesses, and public areas. If this happens to you, be sure to contact our injury lawyers for help. We’ll not only advise you on next steps, but our slip-and-fall accident lawyers in Fresno or Woodland Hills can help you receive the fullest possible compensation for your injuries.

In these types of situations, it is vital to follow the right steps to make sure you are legally protected—not just now, but in the future. And part of this is ensuring you receive full and fair compensation from the at-fault party. Our team will patiently walk you through these steps and provide a general overview of how we’ll determine the amount of money you deserve.

Our lawyers have done it many times and know how to help you. We start by sitting down with you to discuss the circumstances of your accident and your injuries so that we can begin working on your case immediately. You generally have two years to file a lawsuit in court, although that period may vary.

Facing an Insurance Company?

When it comes to powerful insurance companies, the best way to deal with them during the claims process is by contacting our personal injury lawyers to schedule a free consultation.

How the Process Works for Slip-and-Fall Accidents

You may find the pain, damage, and suffering caused by this type of accident to be overwhelming—not to mention the stress of dealing with powerful insurance companies. Here at the Grossman Law Offices, we can help you seek compensation while you focus on your recovery. 

  • Our slip-and-fall accident attorneys in California’s Central Valley and Southern California can explain the steps to get a good outcome, but it generally starts with investigating your accident and gathering evidence.
  • We’ll then work to prove negligence based on who’s at fault and establish the amount of damages by obtaining medical records, police reports, and all relevant facts. This includes any previous complaints about an existing hazard and the circumstances around whether it could have been avoided by the at-fault party with proper measures.
  • After that, we’ll communicate with the insurance company on your behalf, negotiate with lien holders and defendants, and fight for you all the way to trial, if necessary. 
  • As always, you do not pay anything unless you win your case. The process can take anywhere from a few months to longer, depending on the circumstances. But rest assured, we’ll fight for you at trial if necessary.

What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall Accident

After a slip-and-fall accident, try to follow these steps as closely as possible to protect your rights and help your lawyer get the best possible outcome for you.

  • Make a record of the hazardous condition that led to your accident. This can include broken flooring, loose carpets, spilled liquid, or any other dangerous condition
  • Be sure to identify witnesses to your fall and get their contact information. Even people who didn’t directly see the incident may have seen the dangerous condition that led to it.
  • Remember to take lots of photos of the scene and write down details of your accident. If possible, capture the object or condition that caused you to trip and fall—you may need to move fast, as it is likely to be cleaned up or removed quickly.
  • This part is vital: Obtain an incident report. If you fell in a place of business, quickly notify the manager. They may give you a form to fill out or they may ask you to detail the incident. Either way, always be sure to get a copy of the report. Your slip-and-fall attorney will likely be able to use that in your favor.
  • Seek medical attention. It seems obvious, but some people neglect their own well-being. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re not seriously hurt. You should go to the doctor immediately to get a full evaluation. If you want to get compensation, it’s essential to have a medical report outlining the injuries you suffered in your slip-and-fall accident. If too much time passes before you see the doctor, the property owner may argue that your injuries occurred elsewhere.

Who Can Be Held Liable For A Slip-And-Fall Accident?

Determining liability can be a tricky process. But rest assured, the slip-and-fall lawyers at Grossman Law Offices have seen it all and we know how to get to the truth. 

Some typical scenarios include: when the property owner or business owner (or an employee) caused a spill or other hazard, knew about a hazard and failed to fix it, or should have known there was a hazard. No matter what happened, we’ll get to the bottom of it and do everything possible to ensure a favorable outcome for you.

Common Causes Of Slip-And-Fall Accidents In California

Our lawyers have experience handling a wide spectrum of causes of these accidents, such as:

  • Obstructions in the public walkway, damaged sidewalks, or pavement
  • Construction site defects
  • Wet or slippery surfaces from leaks or spills, freshly waxed floors, icy pathways
  • Bathtub and shower falls
  • Broken or uneven steps and flooring, missing handrails, damaged or improperly secured carpets or rugs
  • Stairway accidents, falls from terraces, balconies, and heights, and parking ramp falls
  • Inadequate, dim, or broken lighting, especially in parking lots, hallways, and stairwells 
  • Lack of signage to warn of hazardous conditions

Whether your accident was caused by any of these or your situation is not on this list, contact our slip-and-fall accident lawyers today to handle your personal injury claim.

Common Slip-And-Fall Accident Injuries

Your injuries may have a significant negative impact on you for the rest of your life after a slip-and-fall accident. Do not take this lightly. In some cases, you may walk away from an accident scene without any injuries at all. However, in other instances, a seemingly minor injury can turn into a serious, life-altering, ongoing injury that the insurance company refuses to acknowledge properly or provide fair compensation for.

The most common injuries that result from a slip-and-fall accident include:

  • Joint sprains
  • Abrasions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Free In-Person Consultation

It doesn’t matter how or where your slip-and-fall accident occurs. The experienced lawyers at Grossman Law Offices are ready to help you with a free in-person case evaluation. We’re known as a respected member of the Central Valley and Southern California communities, which makes us the ideal resource to help you through this difficult experience with patience and expertise. Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.