Who Is At Fault If You Slip And Fall?
Everyone occasionally slips in public places such as sports arenas, shopping malls and playgrounds. Although many of these accidents result from awkward or impulsive motions, some can be attributed to the negligence of others. When someone else is responsible for your fall, either through malice or carelessness, you should check with an attorney to find out whether you can be compensated. Slip, trip and fall injuries are always unexpected but certain conditions make them more likely. Some of these conditions are:
- Icy or broken sidewalks
- Poorly lit pathways
- Wet floors
- Frayed carpeting
- Falling debris
- Crumbling stairs
It is often difficult to prove someone’s fault in a slip and fall, particularly because the property owner may repair the problem shortly after the accident. Because of this, it is important to contact a skilled California personal injury lawyer who can investigate and document the damage at the site promptly.
What Does Compensation Cover?
Depending on the nature of the injury and your ability to prove the property owner’s responsibility, you are entitled to reimbursement for:
- Medical and rehabilitative costs
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning power
- Permanent disability
There are factors that may make it harder for you to collect compensation. For example, if it is proved that you were trespassing on the property when the accident occurred, the owner may not be liable. In some cases, only partial compensation can be recovered if you and the owner are found to share fault.
Ask About Your Situation Now
At the Advocate Law Firm Professional Law Corporation, we help victims of slip-and-fall accidents seek the compensation they need. Please contact us online or call the office at 1-866-341-3575 to set up a free consultation. We can visit homes, offices and hospitals for appointments.
We are located in Irvine and help clients throughout Southern California.