Los Angeles Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip and Fall Accidents and Injuries
Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common types of accidents, affecting millions of Americans every year. Although these accidents may appear less serious than others, in reality, they are responsible for hundreds of thousands of catastrophic injuries and hospitalizations annually.
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property—whether it was another person’s residence, a retail store, or any other type of public or private property—you may have a case against the property owner. However, slip and fall claims are often very difficult to prove. We strongly recommend that you reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can review the facts of your case, gather applicable evidence, and build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
At KJT Law Group, we draw on extensive legal experience and a proven record of success when representing our clients in complex slip, trip, and fall cases. We can help you understand your legal options and answer any questions you may have. Our Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers are passionate about helping ordinary individuals who, through no fault of their own, have suffered serious injuries and losses due to the negligence of others. Our team is ready to fight for you and the maximum recovery you are owed.
Call us today at (818) 873-0181 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. We speak Spanish and Armenian and do not collect any attorney fees unless we win your case.
How to Prove Negligence in a Slip and Fall Accident
Like other types of personal injury claims, slip and fall cases are largely dependent on the issue of liability. In order to have a successful claim, you must be able to prove that someone else—usually a property owner or manager—is liable for your injuries and resulting damages. Most often, this involves demonstrating that the property owner or manager was somehow negligent or otherwise acted wrongfully, leading to your injuries.
To prove negligence in a slip and fall accident, you will need to establish the following:
- The Defendant Owed You a Duty of Care: First, you must establish that the defendant (i.e., the property owner or manager) owed you a duty of care. This means they had a legal responsibility to take certain reasonable measures to prevent injury or harm. In California, property owners owe a duty of care to anyone who is lawfully on their premises. So, if you were legally on the property (i.e., not trespassing) when you slipped and fell, the defendant owed you a duty of care. If you were trespassing, the property owner’s only duty is to not cause willful, wanton, or intentional injury.
- The Defendant Breached the Duty of Care: The next element of proving liability is showing that the defendant breached the duty of care, meaning they failed to take reasonable measures to prevent injury or harm. In most cases, this involves proving that the property owner or manager failed to adequately maintain the premises or failed to remove, repair, or warn of a dangerous condition that existed on the property and of which the property owner was aware. For example, failing to promptly place “wet floor” signs and clean up a spill after being made aware that the spill had occurred would likely be considered negligence.
- You Were Injured: To have a case, you must prove that you were injured and that your injuries led to measurable damages. If you slipped and fell in a grocery store but you were not injured, you do not have a case, even if the grocery store manager was clearly negligent. You will need to prove that you were injured and that those injuries led to specific losses, whether financial or non-financial in nature. Examples include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, disability, and more.
- The Defendant’s Negligence Was the Cause of Your Injuries: You will also need to prove that the defendant’s negligent or wrongful conduct was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries and damages. Under California’s pure comparative negligence rule, you can still seek compensation for your damages if you were partly at fault for the accident, but you will need to prove that the defendant was also at least partly to blame. If you are found to have contributed to your own injuries, your total recovery will be reduced by the same percentage of blame you are found to have had.
At KJT Law Group, our Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers are well-versed in California’s personal injury laws. We know how to utilize all available evidence to build powerful claims for our clients, and we are ready to put our extensive experience and resources on your side.
How Do Most Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
Although slip and falls are commonly associated with unavoidable accidents and clumsiness, the truth is that these incidents typically result from negligence. Most often, this negligence is not on the part of the victim but someone else—a property owner, a manager, a maintenance crew, or some other entity.
When a slip and fall occurs as a result of a dangerous property condition, and the dangerous property condition was one the property owner (or another responsible party) knew about (or reasonably should have known about) yet failed to properly address (i.e., remove, repair, or warn of), the slip and fall victim could have a claim against the liable party.
But what exactly is a “dangerous property condition?” Some common examples include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Missing handrails
- Unmarked steps
- Defective stairs/stairwells
- Tripping hazards
- Poor lighting
- Torn carpeting
- Cluttered walkways
- Improper or missing signage
These and other unsafe conditions frequently lead to devastating slips, trips, and falls, resulting in serious bodily injury and lasting harm. At KJT Law Group, we believe that victims of property owner negligence deserve justice.
Common Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents
- Broken bones
- Sprained wrists or ankles
- Muscle strains
- Nerve damage
- Cuts and bruises
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Slips, trips, and falls are among the leading causes of some of the most serious types of injuries. Often, these injuries have significant complications and lead to lasting physical, emotional, and financial hardship.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents include:
- Ankle and wrist injuries
- Bruises, cuts, and abrasions
- Broken bones/fractures
- Brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Head and shoulder injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
Depending on the severity of the fall, a victim may experience catastrophic bodily injury, requiring hospitalization and ongoing medical care. They may be temporarily or permanently unable to work and could face considerable physical, cognitive, and mental impairments.
At KJT Law Group, our Los Angeles slip and fall attorneys understand the far-reaching impact these injuries have, both on victims and their loved ones. Because of this, we fight for maximum compensation for our clients’ current and future damages, and we are always willing to try cases in court whenever necessary.
Let our experienced attorneys lead the fight. No case is too small and no odds are too daunting for us to roll up our sleeves, go to work, and win for our clients.
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries due to a slip, trip, or fall accident, reach out to our team at KJT Law Group today. We offer free initial consultations and can discuss your various legal options at no cost and no obligation to you. We are available 24/7 and provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any fees unless we win your case.
We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Armenian. Request a free consultation today by calling us at (818) 873-0181 or by submitting an online contact form.