Slip and falls are ranked second when it comes to the number of injuries throughout the U.S. More than 16,000 people lose their lives annually due to a slip and fall. Many other slips and falls lead to severe life changing injuries. The experienced attorneys at the Sorkin Law Group have substantial experience handling claims from people who have been a victim of a slip and fall on someone else’s property, that was not their fault. They have built up an enviable reputation for tirelessly working to gain fair compensation for their clients that matches the financial burden of their injuries.
Commonly, fatalities and injuries are due to the presence of a hazardous or dangerous statue that is present on somebody else’s property or area. An injury or fatality from a slip and fall on another person’s property could mean the victim or the family of the victim, in the case of a fatality, are entitled to compensation.
Nearly three quarters of falls happen as a result of a dangerous condition or a hazard present in our environment. Sometimes, an area is simply badly designed or it has been improperly maintained and users are unable to see the hazard clearly so they slip and fall when they encounter it. Other quite obvious hazards are initiated by the occurrence of a slippery surface from ice or a substance that has been spilled on the floor. Quite often an uneven surface such as on a sidewalk or a parking lot may cause an unwary person to slip and fall too. Ragged ends of carpets in offices and apartment blocks are commonly associated with slip and fall accidents as well.
How someone falls in an accident is dependant on how that person’s body reacts when the slip takes place. When you hit a slippery surface or an uneven surface, your foot will most likely be propelled forwards and your torso will fall backwards. If you trip over on an uneven surface or a concealed pothole, your body will be thrown forwards. In both situations, as you failed to see the hazard before the slip and fall took place, it will be too late to react so you will either fall heavily on your front and hit your head or fall over on your back causing a back or neck injury.
As soon as you have partially recovered from the slip and fall and assuming you can walk, you must seek medical attention immediately. You may of course need an ambulance if the slip and fall was so serious you are unable to walk. Once you are sufficiently alert and you think that the slip and fall was someone else’s fault, you should contact a slip and fall attorney to find out if your accident and subsequent injury gives you the right to file a compensation claim for injuries caused by someone else.
You will need a lawyer to represent you, as property owners and administrators are always trying to relinquish responsibility when an accident takes place on their property. Premises liability is a tricky area of law and requires experienced legal representation which the Sorkin Law Group in Irvine California can provide.
California law states that property owners must use reasonable caution when managing and maintaining their properties so they do not expose others to the potential to have an accident such as a slip and fall. The duty that property owners have is to inspect their properties on a regular basis for any conditions that may not be safe on the premises. If an area is found to be hazardous, whether in the short or long term it should either be fixed or it should warn users of a potential risk in that area.
Under premises liability legislation, any victim who has a slip and fall has to be able to provide evidence that proves the property owner was aware of the hazard or should have been aware but did nothing to fix the problem. If the owner of the property or an employee caused the hazardous condition that initiated an injury from a slip and fall, then they will be held responsible. However, when the dangerous condition was caused by a customer, such as a spill in a supermarket, then the plaintiff must prove that the property owner had enough time to discover the hazard and subsequently do something about it. If a sign has been shown but it was almost impossible to be seen, then liability still rests with the property owner.