Poor lighting can be a hazard that may contribute to a slip and fall. It can also increase the defendant’s liability, making it more likely you will prevail on a personal injury claim.
Slip and fall cases can be surprisingly complicated. In California, an injured plaintiff must show that the defendant– usually a property owner– was careless and that this caused the accident. But defendants often allege that the fall was the fault of the injury victim. It helps to work with a seasoned Los Angeles personal injury lawyer from our team who can anticipate and respond to whatever the other party throws at you to deflect from their liability.
Slip and fall liability in California
In general, property owners must protect those who are lawfully on the premises, and sometimes may even be held responsible for injuries to trespassers. To be legally liable, the injured party must show that:
Slip and fall liability based on poor lighting
Many locations on both commercial and residential property can be made much more dangerous by insufficient light:
Protecting against injuries from poor lighting
In some situations, it may be apparent that even if the property owner did not know about a dangerous condition, they should have. For example, if the premises are open to the public– then there may be a duty to inspect the area regularly to prevent harm. If this did not happen, then the property owner cannot use “I did not know” as an excuse for not fixing a problem.
Once a property owner knows about poor lighting or other premises’ defect, they have a duty to act reasonably. There are many ways that they can prevent an injury, including:
Your lawyer can help you determine, based on their skill and experience, whether the property owner’s actions were reasonable under the circumstances. If they were not, you might be entitled to compensation.
Pitfalls arising in slip and fall cases
When you are seeking compensation for slip and fall injuries, do not be surprised if the defendant tries to evade responsibility. Often the defendant will claim you were at fault, either completely or partially. Do not be surprised if the property owner claims that you caused the hazard, willingly assumed the risk, or were simply not watching out for your own safety.
These tactics do not need to deprive you of the compensation you are owed. Your lawyer will examine the merits of your case and any likely defenses and advise you accordingly.
Contact us for a free consultation
If you have suffered a serious injury, call to discuss your case, confidentially and without cost, with a slip and fall lawyer in Los Angeles at Salamati Law. Our team strives to provide the highest quality representation to personal injury victims in Southern California.