Not every slip and fall accident is the result of another party’s negligence, but apart from serious medical problems or other impairments, healthy adults rarely slip and fall for no reason. In a large majority of instances, another party’s negligence is the catalyst for a slip and fall accident. When that accident causes a serious injury, the negligent party may be liable for some or all of an injured party’s economic damages.
An experienced Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer from Salamati Law will have extensive experience handling these and other types of personal injury cases. The sooner you call us after suffering injuries in a fall, the better the opportunity to preserve evidence of the slip and fall accident and to recover the monetary compensation that you deserve.
Like in other types of negligence lawsuits in California, a person who suffers injuries in a slip and fall accident needs to demonstrate that:
With very few exceptions, the statute of limitations for a slip and fall lawsuit in California is two years after the accident happened. This might seem like a long time, but it can pass quicker than you think. Moreover, an injured party who delays the filing of a negligence lawsuit runs the risk that evidence of the accident will be lost, or that witnesses will forget details about the accident. Accordingly, contacting a personal injury attorney and initiating a negligence lawsuit as soon as is possible is always the best course of action.
The defendant’s breach of a duty of care in a slip and fall negligence claim generally revolves around whether the owner of the property where the accident occurred should have recognized the dangerous conditions that caused the accident, or whether the owner actually created those conditions, for example, by leaving something that the injured party tripped over.
Proving that the property owner did breach a duty of care often reduces to some common issues:
Owners have a duty of care to visitors on their property, but California law also recognizes that those visitors may be partially or totally responsible for injuries they suffer in a slip and fall accident. The State’s pure comparative negligence standard will reduce an injured party’s damages award in direct proportion to his or her share of the blame for a slip and fall accident.
Property owners and their insurance companies will employ several arguments to impose some or all of the blame for a slip and fall accident on an injured party. For example, a defendant or its insurer might argue that:
Under the state’s comparative negligence rules, an injured party might suffer economic damages of $100,000, but if the evidence of the slip and fall accident suggests that he or she was 35% responsible for the accident, any compensatory damages will be reduced by that percentage. In this case, the injured party’s recovery would be limited to $65,000. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you estimate what portion of responsibility you may bear and how that will affect your legal options.
Sean Salamati is a skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer that can help the injured can get back on their feet and recover compensation for their economic damages. Call us today to speak with one of our firm’s knowledgeable and experienced attorneys as soon as you can after you have been injured in a slip and fall accident. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to preserve the evidence that we will use to fight the insurance companies that want to reduce your recovery.