The circumstances surrounding personal injury cases vary greatly. However, one of the most common circumstances is slip and falls. Whether the incidents occur at work, at a retailer, or in someone’s home, slip and fall accidents could result in serious injury.
In many cases, slip and falls are caused by negligence. The victims could file personal injury claims to seek compensation. If you are a victim, you should contact a Fresno slip and fall lawyer. Here at Grossman Law Offices, we want to discuss your options. With our help, you could recover damages for your accident.
Consequences of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents aren’t usually minor incidents. Typically, there is some type of personal harm. In one small slip and fall, a victim could find themselves with a concussion, broken bone, or spinal cord injury. The potential for serious injury is high.
No matter where your slip and fall occurs, you’re at risk of injury. However, some locations increase your risk of serious injury. For example, construction falls are the leading cause of death in construction workers. In 2017, two Fresno construction workers died in separate incidents.
The injuries that come from a slip and fall impact your life in more than one way. Here are a few common consequences:
1. Medical Bills
For one, your medical care could leave you with piles of medical bills. Even if you have insurance, your copayments could be high enough to cause debt.
2. Missed Wages
You also might miss time from work. In many professions, a broken arm or leg will keep you out of work for weeks. Serious injuries like spinal cord and brain injuries could keep you from your profession for months or years.
Regardless of your amount of time away from work, you lose your income. With the median per capita income of Fresno residents at $23,670 in 2017, many people live paycheck to paycheck. Two weeks of missed wages could leave someone in debt.
3. Long-Term Effects
Finally, there are long-term effects. Your injury could leave you permanently disabled or disfigured. For the rest of your life, you’ll need to cope with the consequences of someone else’s negligence.
If someone died as a result of the accident, their family must live with the consequences. They could lose the primary breadwinner and valuable family member.
Fortunately, the burden isn’t only on your shoulders. By taking legal action, you can seek compensation. Your case could get you money for all of the damages listed above and possibly more.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Claims
Some slip and fall accidents are unpreventable. If this is the case, then you can’t seek legal action. The only slip and falls that qualify as personal injury or wrongful death claims are the ones that involve negligence.
That negligence can be on behalf of a homeowner, business owner, employer, or government entity. If you can prove that their negligence caused your accident and injuries, then you could have a claim.
To better comprehend what situations qualify for slip and fall claims, you should consider some examples. All of the following are examples of negligence that could result in an accident:
- Curbs that are uneven or broken
- Sidewalks with cracks and other damage
- Potholes and ditches
- Ice in parking lots or on sidewalks
- Obstacles in the middle of a pathway
- Loose cords that are tripping hazards
- Floors that are wet, oily, or greasy
- Uneven carpeting or flooring
- Broken handrails or stairs
- Insufficient lighting
The above situations can happen almost anywhere. Common scenes of slip and falls include playgrounds, offices, private homes, and stores. Usually, accidents occur because property owners don’t act with due care. They neglect to make repairs or use proper signage to warn guests of the hazards.
Understanding Premises Liability
Before you seek compensation, you should understand the basics of premises liability. Most slip and fall accidents involve premises liability laws; the laws can impact the outcome of your case.
According to California laws, property owners are responsible for keeping their property safe for visitors. They must show a duty of care, which involves keeping their guests out of harm’s way. They should fix hazards, actively look for new hazards, and warn guests of present dangers.
If someone appears on your property uninvited but with good reason, they still deserve duty of care. However, the owner’s standard of care is lower. They do not need to search for hazards of which they are unaware. Typically, the guests protected under this law is salespeople and surveyors.
But premises liability law only applies to invited guests or licensees on the property. For example, customers or guests welcomed into a home are entitled to a duty of care. Therefore, trespassers on a property are not entitled to such treatment. A burglar can’t sue a homeowner for falling on a patch of ice. The exception is children who trespass; they deserve the same standard of care as uninvited individuals.
Getting Help from a Fresno Slip and Fall Lawyer
The best way to receive compensation for your accident is to contact a lawyer. Many people don’t realize that they have a case until they hear it from a lawyer. By contacting a professional, you can learn more about your options.
More importantly, you can receive help with the filing process. Receiving compensation isn’t a simple process. If you don’t make a strong case, you don’t have a chance at justice. Our firm has what it takes to convince a court that you deserve compensation. If we are successful, you can get money for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
We also may be able to get you a settlement. In many situations, the other party does not want a lengthy court case. They also might not want the publicity that comes with civil litigation. Our lawyers can work with the other party to negotiate a fair settlement. If successful, the negotiations can get you money quickly.
Are you ready to seek compensation for your accident? If so, contact us at Grossman Law Offices and find out what we can do for you.