When you have slipped and fallen on private or public property, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. However, insurance companies do not always make it easy to get what you legally deserve. When the facts are law on your side, it does not matter what the insurance company says. You want an El Monte slip and fall lawyer protecting your rights.
How El Monte Residents Are Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents
Even with no snow or ice in El Monte, there are still numerous hazards that could ensnare unsuspecting people on a property. These could include:
- Broken or cracked sidewalks
- Debris that has not been cleared
- Puddles of water
- Spills in store aisles
Slip and falls can be much more dangerous than they sound. Nearly 35,000 people each year actually will die in falls. Those who are hurt could experience lingering injuries or those that require surgeries. In the meantime, they miss out on things like earning a living and the activities they enjoy.
What Property Owners Must Do
Property owners have several legal obligations when it comes to their property so long as you were somehow invited on to the property. They are:
- The duty to fix or clean up dangerous conditions within a reasonable amount of time
- To warn people of a condition that they have knowledge of (such as putting a “Wet Floor” sign down to note a spill)
- To not create any dangerous conditions themselves that could injure other people
Beyond that, every slip and fall case will involve recreating the scene of the injury to find out what the property owner did or did not do. This is not always easy when evidence at the scene could be lost very quickly. It is not always easy to document your own accident when you have suffered serious injuries.
This is where we come in at The JLF Firm. We can gather evidence that could help prove what happened in your case to establish liability. This could be witness testimony, maintenance logs, or forensic evidence. Otherwise, your case could be your word against theirs. Insurance companies will treat slip and falls with a degree of skepticism, and you need to come to the table with proof to keep them from arguing that you were at fault for your own injury.
Just like you need to recreate the accident yourself, the insurance company may have plenty of questions about your fall. They would want to know what you were doing at the time of the accident, what you were carrying, and even what kind of shoes you were wearing. In other words, slip and fall cases are not a routine matter, but they are very factual.
Experienced El Monte Slip and Fall Attorneys
Call The JLF Firm right after your slip and fall injury to begin the legal process that could lead to compensation. We will work with you to explore your legal options. You can reach El Monte personal injury attorneys at (323) 765-1343, or you can message us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
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