Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents » Pacific Coast Injury Law Center

Compensation for your injuries should be awarded if your case is successful. Having a trusted attorney by your side can help to ensure success and gain the most compensation possible for your injuries. Compensation can be used to help pay for medical expenses, including hospital fees, rehabilitation, or physical therapy, as well as lost wages from time off work that was spent recovering.

If you have been injured due to an escalator, elevator, or other slip and fall accident, contact the Pacific Coast Injury Law Center to discuss the next best action for your case. Being able to have an experienced attorney handle your case for you can help relieve some of your stress. Contact the office today to schedule your consultation.

Many serious personal injuries occur as a result of a dangerous or defective condition on the property of another. This includes, but is not limited to, slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall, and all other such injuries. As a premises liability law firm, we provide a strong voice for people who have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner or business.

If you have questions regarding injuries suffered on a private or public property, contact our office immediately for a free consulation. Our office represents people who have been injured on all types of properties. We handle serious injury claims involving on sidewalks (raised sidewalks, misleveled cracked sidewalks) collapsing balconies, and poorly maintained parking lots and parking ramps.

We present persuasive injury claims in cases involving:

  • Residential properties;
  • Commercial properties;
    • including restaurants;
    • shopping malls;
    • grocery stores;
    • casinos;
  • Public properties;
    • parks;
    • government buildings;
    • recreational facilities;
    • sidewalks

Free Consultations:
We will provide free consultations to slip and fall accident victims. We will review your case and explain your rights in the premises liability claims process.

No Attorneys’ Fees Unless We Make a Recovery on Your Behalf:
We take slip and fall cases on a contingency basis. This means that we do not charge any legal fees unless we make a recovery for you. When we do secure financial compensation for your damages, our fees are paid as an agreed upon percentage of that settlement.

Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents Can Be Very Dangerous:
Property owners, such as grocery stores, department stores, or home-improvement stores, have a responsibility to provide a safe environment, free of slip, trip and fall dangerous conditions. These premises owners must properly warn visitors of potential slippery conditions or hazards on their premises. If they fail to either warn or protect people from these slippery conditions, then they may be held responsible for the slip, trip and fall accident. We can assist you in seeking monetary compensation for your serious slip and fall injuries.

Slip and fall accidents can occur at anytime to anyone. Because of the frequency of these accidents, the law has determined that the property owner should be held responsible for slip and fall accidents where other people were not warned of the dangers which caused their accident. If anyone slips, trips and falls on the property of another person, they should speak with an attorney to determine if they may have a case to recover compensation for their injuries. Additionally, there are statutes of limitations in place, where if you wait in bringing a case, you will be prevented from recovering so it is imperative that you speak with a representative at our firm immediately after your slip, trip and fall accident.

Slip and Falls Accidents are the Second Most Common Types of Accidents:
These types of accidents account for nearly 16,000 deaths every year in the United States. Additionally, while not every slip and fall accident results in a death, there are a substantially larger number of serious injuries that result from these falling accidents.  For those slip and fall accidents which result in the death of the injured person, their family may wish to speak with us to discuss filing a wrongful death.

Common Questions Regarding Slip and Fall Accidents:

How is someone injured in a slip and fall accident?
All slip and fall accidents generally occur in one of two ways. If you slipped on a liquid or other object on the ground, your slipping foot will generally abruptly move forward, causing you to lose your balance, which most likely results in your falling backward. These types of slip and fall accidents may seriously injure your leg, hip or arm while you are attempting to break your fall.  Alternatively, one of your feet may lose traction and slip backward which will result in you falling forward. The common slip and fall injuries resulting from this type of fall includes broken arms as well as brain damage and spinal cord injuries.

What is a trip and fall accident?
Trip and fall accidents result when someone’s foot comes into contact with a semi-permanent or permanent object, such as a foot, seam in a carpet, tree root or child’s toy. Most of the people injured in this type of accident fall forward and can suffer severe injuries to their face and arms. Additionally, severe head injuries can result if they hit their head on any objects while falling.

What are the common causes of slip and fall accidents?
Approximately 75% of all slip and fall accidents are caused by environmental hazards or conditions resulting from the negligence of the property owner or one of their employees. Some of the most common types of hazards are liquids spilled onto slippery surfaces, such as the floor in a supermarket or grocery store. These types of spills result from food spillage and leaking containers, or ice that has melted near the ice machine. There may also be a floor defect or improper lighting in a hallway or in a stairwell.

Slip and fall accidents can occur nearly anywhere in Southern California. These types of accidents are so common that they have occurred on such places as:

  •  department stores
  •  parking lots
  •  sidewalks
  •  schools
  •  shopping malls
  •  supermarkets

When guests are on the property of another, some of the most common causes of a slip, trip and fall accident are:

  •  slippery floors
  •  uneven stairs
  •  loose handrails
  •  slippery stairs
  •  loose stairs
  •  loose tile
  •  wet leaves
  •  wet pavement

Some of the instances where the property owner may be held responsible for your indoor slip and fall accident includes:

  •  broken handrails
  •  cleaning floor negligently resulting in excessive soap
  •  failure to clean up spilled food
  •  failure to clean up spilled liquids
  •  failure to warn of spill within a reasonable time after being notified
  •  holes in flooring
  •  loose tiles
  •  no signs displayed warning of slippery floor
  •  no signs warning of slip and fall accidents
  •  slippery area doesn’t have any warning signs
  •  torn carpet
  •  unsafe stairways

After Your Los Angeles Slip and Fall Accident Get Medical Treatment for Your Slip and Fall Accident Injuries:
One of the first things you should do after your slip and fall accident is to seek medical assistance to assist you in recovering for your injuries. Seeing a doctor immediately after your accident serves multiple purposes. Most importantly, your doctor will begin to immediately treat your injuries suffered from your accident. Secondly, your doctor will be able to document your injuries and any bruising which you may be suffering from. Additionally, many of the injuries which result from slip and fall accidents manifest themselves days or even weeks after the accident. We can help you locate a doctor if you need assistance finding one.

Determine What Caused Your Slip and Fall Accident:
As soon as you can after your accident, you should determine what caused your accident. It may have been a spilled liquid, or a green hose running across green grass or some other hazardous object or material which was not properly identified with the necessary safety precautions. In many instances the people who were responsible for causing your slip and fall accident may attempt to clean up the spilled liquid or make the condition safer for other people who are walking by. It is essential that you take pictures at the scene of your accident to preserve the accident scene as it existed at the time of your accident. If you have a camera with you (perhaps on your cell phone) take multiple pictures of the dangerous condition from various angles. You may also want to document poor lighting conditions, the absence of safety warnings or signs, and any immediately noticeable injuries such as bleeding head injuries.

Report Your Slip and Fall Accident:
If your accident occurs on any commercial property, such as a grocery store, supermarket, department store, mall or store, you should report your slip and fall accident to that store’s management. It is important for both settlement and potential trial that the store acknowledge that a slip and fall accident occurred. These incident reports are very valuable in that they contain valuable information regarding your slip and fall accident in Los Angeles in that they state the time and date of your accident, the names of any witnesses, as well as the circumstances surrounding your slip and fall accident, such as what caused you to slip. Most importantly, these accident reports help prove that you actually slipped and fell and suffered injuries, which would prevent the property owner from later arguing that the accident never happened.

Contact an Attorney:
Once you have laid the foundation of seeing a doctor to be treated for your injuries, and your slip and fall accident has been properly documented, it is important you retain an attorney to assist you in recovering the compensation you deserve. In some instances, you may only have up to six months to file your lawsuit, so don’t delay in speaking with a lawyer. The earlier you contact a slip and fall attorney, the earlier they may begin investigating your case and circumstances surrounding your accident.

As your attorney, we may prove the property owner’s negligence by proving they knew of the dangerous slippery condition which caused you to slip, trip and fall. It is further important to hire an attorney because some property owners attempt to destroy evidence by cleaning up the spilled liquid before pictures can be taken or otherwise documented. It is essential that you or family members who witnessed your accident get the contact information of any witnesses, which our lawyers could speak with later to find out more facts about the slip and fall.

If you can take pictures of the cause of your slip and fall, this evidence is instrumental in recovering for your injuries if the premises owner could have fixed the problem before the injury occurred, they would be determined to be negligent and responsible for your trip, slip and fall accident injuries, which could include a broken arm, broken leg, broken hip, or brain injuries. All of the legal staff at our law firm can assist you in recovering from the property owner’s insurance companies so your costs are covered where you will not be required to pay out-of-pocket for your medical expenses.

There are some instances when the property owner will not be held responsible for your slip and fall injuries, so it is essential that you speak with an educated attorney and discuss the specific facts of your slip and fall.

If you or your loved one has been in a slip and fall accident, give us a call today.

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