Personal Injury Firm in Los Angeles
You may be very careful and aware of your surroundings and keep yourself from bodily harm, but accidents can still happen. Accidents happen to even the most alert and responsible people. However, if you suspect that your recent slip and fall accident was due to negligence, inattentiveness, or recklessness of another person, then you should take action against the negligent party.
The owners and managers of hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, supermarkets, office buildings, and other places in which there is regular public traffic have a legal obligation to keep their spaces free of hazards or to warn people when they are present. You must be warned if a floor surface is wet. If you have not received this kind of caution and you slip and fall, then the people responsible have to pay compensation.
Our lawyers can help you file a claim or a lawsuit. We can provide you with the skill, experience, and expertise to get you fair compensation.
You should know from the start that you will have a fight on your hands. The property owner is likely to contest your claim, and may have the resources to put up a vigorous defense. There is no cut-and-dry rule that stipulates when a property owner is liable. The standard is: could the accident have been avoided if the property owner had been more careful?
You have to prove that the owner did not take reasonable measures to protect the public against a clear and present hazard. Indeed, the owner may not be liable to an accident that is the result of your own inability to avoid such a hazard. For example, if you trip over a leaf rake that is leaning against a tree, it is more than likely that the owner will not be forced to pay damages.
If you have been injured due to a slip and fall on someone else’s premises, you will need to show that one of the following conditions were present to win your case:
At some point during the claim or lawsuit, you will have to deal with the reasonableness of the actions taken by the owner as they relate to your accident. Before starting the case you and your premises liability lawyer will want to ask some basic questions:
These are some of the issues and questions that you and your premises liability attorney will need to get into before you take the property owner on. However, you will also need to prepare for the lines of attack they will mount against you in their defense.
Most states allow defendants in slip and fall cases to test the reasonableness of the plaintiff’s actions. It is called the rule of comparative negligence, and it means that if you were in some way responsible for or contributed to the accident that led to your injury the compensation you receive will be reduced. You need to sit down with your attorney and ask the following questions:
These are the kinds of questions that the respondent’s legal team will ask you. It is important to have good answers for them. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience and expertise in slip and fall accidents and will work with you so that you are ready if the case goes to trial.
It is the main goal of our personal injury lawyers to put together a case so strong that the defendant prefers to settle rather than go to trial. If that happens, then it will be the job of our lawyer to get you a compensation package that is fair with all that you have suffered.