Slip-and-Fall or Trip-and-Fall Accidents

Under California law, a property owner has a duty to keep his or her property reasonably safe and to warn others of any dangerous condition if such a condition exists. Business owners have an even greater responsibility to keep their premises safe for the public. If a property owner fails in this duty and a visitor is injured in a slip and fall, the owner is legally responsible for the visitor's monetary losses. Premises liability cases cover all cases where the owner breaches that duty of care, allowing dangerous conditions to exist on the property that cause bodily injury to others.

We Are Here to Help You in Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip and fall cases refer to situations where a person slips on someone else's property. Slips usually occur while walking over slippery surfaces. Pedestrians are often unaware that the surface they are walking on is slippery, such as when someone walks into a building's lobby and the floor has just been polished. It looks safe, but the floor is too slippery to give the proper amount of traction to the shoe, resulting in injury. Another common cause of slips is when a liquid is spilled on the floor. This commonly occurs in super-markets, such as when a customer spills a beverage, a container leaks, a floor is mopped but not properly dried, fruit is dropped and trampled on, or refrigeration equipment fails. In each instance, the store may be liable for the injuries. Each situation is different and must be properly evaluated by an experienced attorney.

We Are Here to Help You in Trip-and-Fall Accidents

Trip and fall cases refer to situations where someone trips over something, such as an offset in a sidewalk, uneven/defective flooring, or a tear in carpeting. People who trip generally fall forward (as opposed to people who slip, who normally fall backwards), resulting in injury to the wrists, arms, shoulders, knees, and face. Trip and fall cases are often filed against governmental entities, such as cities and counties. This is because these governmental entities are responsible for maintaining sidewalks in a safe condition, one that is free from dangerous conditions. Cases against governmental entities involve different sets of law, different statute of limitations, and different claims handling practices. Selecting the right expert witness is also a crucial element in almost every slip and fall or trip and fall case. Only an attorney experienced in these types of cases should be considered to assist you.

Damages and Defendants Can Vary

The damages that may be recovered in slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall cases vary. Damages depend on the circumstances of the accident and the nature and extent of the victim's injuries and losses. Generally, slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall damages will include compensation for the victim's:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Costs in obtaining assisted living services
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

The Law Office of Eduardo A. Brito can you identify all the people and entities that may bear legal responsibility for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall, responsible parties could include:

  • The owner(s) of the property where the accident took place
  • The company hired to maintain the property
  • Tenant(s) occupying the property
  • The governmental entity charged with maintaining the property

What to Do if You are Involved in a Slip-and-Fall or Trip-and-Fall Accident

If you are injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident in Southern California, you should promptly take steps to protect your health and preserve your legal rights:

  • Get a medical evaluation of your injuries. Medical help following a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident is essential. Prompt treatment helps alleviate pain and injury and limits future problems. Head, back and neck injuries, in particular, could have long-ranging health consequences.
  • Preserve evidence. If you slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall on another person's property, make every effort to preserve evidence of the accident. Pictures of the scene should be taken with a good camera and in good lighting. If photographing an offset in a sidewalk, a ruler or other point of reference should be used to illustrate the size of the offset. If anyone witnessed the slip-and-fall or trip-and-all, collect their names and contact information. If the slip and fall happened on a commercial property, ask the store or building manager to fill out an accident report. Your lawyer can use this evidence to support your case.
  • Contact the Law Office of Eduardo A. Brito.  A lawyer with past experience in Southern California is best prepared to protect your legal rights. Mr. Brito knows how to collect and preserve evidence of the slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall and will ensure compliance with crucial court filing deadlines.