Many people do not take slip and fall cases seriously. Even the name implies that the person who fell was clumsy. The legal reality is much different than that. If someone else’s negligence was to blame for your accident and injuries, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Fall injuries can be serious. In fact, falls are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits each year. Victims may suffer the following types of injuries in their slip and fall case:
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
These injuries could require extensive rehabilitation and medical treatment. In the meantime, you may miss time from work while you are recovering. In more serious cases, you may not be able to do the same work that you did before the accident, especially when your job was physical.
How to Win Your Slip and Fall Case
The property owner or the person who operates the business where you fell could be made to pay for your injuries. To be clear, they are not automatically liable when you fall on their property. Instead, you must prove that they were negligent. When you are dealing with a slip and fall case, this requires an investigation and mastery of the facts to show what the defendant may have known and when they knew it.
Once you can show your injuries, the most important requirement in a slip and fall case is that you prove that the defendant acted unreasonably. Without lapsing into legal jargon, this could involve a few questions:
- Did the defendant actually know about the dangerous condition?
- Did enough time pass from the time that the condition started that the defendant should have known about it?
- What did the defendant do to fix the problem or warn the general public about it?
The classic example in these cases is the spill in the store aisle. For the defendant to be found legally responsible, they would either have had to not take any steps to clean it up or put a “wet floor” sign down, or the spill would have been unaddressed for too long.
In a slip and fall case, you need someone on your side who could reconstruct what happened and the conditions before your accident. This is where we come into the picture. The JLF Firm has aggressive and experienced lawyers who could get right to the heart of your case.
You may need someone to defend you from allegations that you caused your own injury by being careless. After all, the insurance company does not want to write you a check, so they may do everything in their power to make your claim more difficult.
Contact a Riverside Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall on someone else’s property, you should speak with a lawyer to discuss possible financial compensation. Contact the Riverside personal injury attorneys at the JLF Firm online or call us at (951) 476-2373 to schedule your free initial consultation.
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