When you’re out walking, shopping, dining, or on your way to work, you expect to arrive at your destination unscathed. But an encounter with one of these hazards could cause you to slip, trip, or fall, sending you to the hospital and limiting your activity for many months:
- wet, slick pavement or flooring
- an uneven or cracked section of sidewalk
- irregular, worn, or loose carpet
- ice on a walkway
- steps without a guardrail
- food spilled on a floor
- wet leaves or acorns on the pavement
- fallen merchandise in an aisle
- any other obstacle creating a tripping or slipping danger
A serious slip, trip, or fall accident can cause life-changing injuries and even death.
How Common Are Serious Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents?
Falls are among the most common reasons for a trip to the emergency room in the United States. They also cause a disturbing number of deaths. Falls can be especially deadly for the elderly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the cause of around 8,000,000 non-fatal injuries and 24,000 deaths every year in the U. S. Many falls and the injuries they cause are the result of someone’s error in creating or allowing an unsafe condition on their premises.
Claiming Compensation for Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident Injuries
When you’ve slipped on a wet surface or tripped on an object or defect in the flooring or pavement and are injured, if you can demonstrate that the owner of the property—whether an individual, business, or government—negligently caused or allowed the hazard to exist, you’re entitled to make a claim for compensation for your damages.
You will need to hire an experienced Sacramento slip, trip, and fall lawyer to help you with your claim, as these can be tricky to prove. Insurance companies routinely deny fall-related claims and usually try to shift the blame to the victim.
The Required Proof in a California Slip, Trip, and Fall Case
To recover damages in a California slip, tip, and fall premises accident, your lawyer needs to prove these things:
- The owner, or manager, or operator of the premises owed you a duty of reasonable care.
- The owner, manager, or operator of the premises breached that duty.
- As a result of the breach, you were seriously injured and suffered damages that you can document.
- The breach was the “proximate cause” of your damages.
Your lawyer will conduct an investigation into the circumstances of your accident and will delve into the history of the owner or operator of the property to determine if there have been similar accidents or complaints in the past. He will attempt to discover how long the hazard existed, and whether its existence was known (or should have been) to the person or persons responsible for maintaining the property, and will obtain statements from any witnesses. Your attorney will also put together proof of your damages, both economic ones—your medical bills, lost earnings, and out-of-pocket costs—and also will document the ways the injury made a negative impact on your life by causing pain, suffering, disability, and so forth.
Experienced Slip, Trip, and Fall Lawyers
When you’ve been seriously injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident in Sacramento or Northern California, you can’t find better lawyers than the premises liability attorneys at Shepard & Haven. Kenneth Shepard and Ronald Haven have each practiced law for more than 35 years. That kind of experience is hard to find! Call us today to schedule a free consultation and protect your right to a recovery.