It is a general principle of California law that property owners must maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner in order to ensure the safety of the people who come onto the property. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Many slip and fall cases occur in retail stores, supermarkets, apartment complexes and other businesses. As the number of businesses throughout the Conejo Valley, including Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village, increase, so do the number of people that are injured in falls at stores and other establishments. Many people mistakenly believe that a property owner is automatically liable for an injury that happens on their property. However, that is not the law in California. If you were injured on someone else’s property, that business or property owner is only liable for your injuries if they were in some way negligent in how they maintained or built their property. For this reason, it is critical that you seek legal assistance promptly to ensure that all available evidence is preserved to prove if a negligent condition caused your accident.
Certain types of dangerous property conditions cause slip and falls accidents. These include: wet floors, uneven floors, slipping on debris or other material, inattentive or poor maintenance, and loose steps or handrails. Slip and fall injuries may be quite serious and could require extensive medical treatment. Brain injuries (including concussions), bone fractures, bruising, abrasions, and even death can result from serious slip and fall accidents.
By establishing liability, California entitles you to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, loss in earning capacity, emotional distress, pain, and suffering. If your relative died from a slip and fall injury, you may even be able to seek damages through a wrongful death claim.
Evidence, such as pictures of the scene, pictures of your injuries as well as incident or police reports are essential in slip and fall premises liability cases.
The lawyers at Ercolani Law Group offer a free consultation to review your slip and fall case. In your first meeting with an attorney be prepared to recount what happened. At the first consultation the attorney will give you advice regarding the case.