Slip/Trip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents are common and can often cause serious injury
Have you or a loved one been injured due to a property owner’s neglect to follow certain safety regulations? Recover compensation for your accident injuries by contacting Setareh Law today! Often, snow, ice, water accumulation on the floor, or some dangerous condition left unattended can result in an accident. The term, “slip and fall,” generally refers to the type of personal injury case where a person has slipped, tripped, or fallen due to another person’s negligence.
Who is at fault in slip and fall injury cases?
Both parties, the property owner and the victim of a slip and fall accident, carry varying degrees of responsibility. Property owners are liable to ensure the safety of their property and properly maintain it to avoid hazards. Simultaneously, those injured do possess a standard responsibility to themselves for watching where they are going and to use caution if they see a potentially unsafe walking area. However, if someone injures himself or herself on a property, the California property owner may be legally responsible for any injuries sustained by the person’s fall.
Types of slip and fall accidents
There are four general categories under which slip and fall accidents are grouped:
- Trip and fall accidents, where a foreign object blocks, hinders, or obstructs a walking path
- Stump and fall accidents, where there is an impediment in the walking surface
- Step and fall accidents, where there is an unexpected failure or hole in the walking surface
- Slip and fall accidents, where there is a loss of footing because the interface of a shoe and a floor fails
What to do if a California slip and fall injury occurs
If a slip and fall injury occurs, seek medical attention immediately if necessary and follow up with a lawyer if you feel someone else was at fault.
There are strict statutes of limitations in most “slip and fall” personal injury cases. Thus it is important to understand your legal rights and file a claim as quickly as possible with the help of a Slip and Fall attorney. If a statute of limitation deadline is not met, you may lose your right to file suit against the negligent party who played a role in your personal injury.
An accident report should be completed at the time of the incident. Some important information to note may include:
- circumstances of the slip and fall
- date and time of the slip and fall
- any witnesses to the accident and its cause
- photographic evidence of the area where the injury occurred.
- medical records and reports detailing the injury that occurred
Such information can help substantiate a slip and fall injury lawsuit claim.