When you slip and fall, don’t let a property owner convince you that you were simply clumsy. In many cases, that is their way of trying to get out of paying you the compensation that you might legally deserve after your fall. When they have been negligent, they must pay you the following damages:
- Lost wages for the time that you miss from work
- Pain and suffering for the discomfort and anxiety that you feel
- Medical bills for everything that you paid out of pocket
- Damages for being unable to enjoy activities or perform household tasks
An experienced San Bernardino slip and fall lawyer can evaluate whether you are eligible for this type of compensation.
Not Every Fall Means Legal Compensation
Some people believe that they are always responsible for their own falls, while others think that a property or store owner is automatically liable whenever someone falls on their property. Neither is the case, as liability will depend on the circumstances of your fall.
The same negligence test that applies in every other personal injury case will determine whether you have a slip and fall claim. You will need to demonstrate that someone else – often, a business or property owner – was to blame for your accident.
The most important thing is being able to prove the conditions right before you fell and how long they existed. Property owners have an obligation to keep their premises reasonably safe. This means that they are not guarantors of everyone’s safety at all times. Instead, they must fix known conditions or warn of the danger within a reasonable amount of time.
This does not allow the property owner to take the ostrich approach and keep from learning about dangers on their own property. If the condition exists for a certain period of time, the owner should have known about it. In addition, you could also recover financially if the property owner caused the condition themselves.
We Work to Prove Your Slip and Fall Case
Many times, slip and fall cases could be difficult to prove. This is why you need an attorney on your case immediately. If there is evidence to gather, you do not want to wait long because it can be lost. The attorney could investigate and learn more information about how long the condition existed and what the property owner did or did not do to fix it.
We are often asked about the typical slip and fall settlement, however, there is no such thing as a typical settlement. For starters, some people who settled their case may not have had a lawyer to fight for them. Others may have settled their case earlier because they needed the money. The truth is that you never know exactly what your case is worth until you hire a lawyer to evaluate your specific circumstances and build your claim. Let us roll up our sleeves and get to work for you using our experience in handling slip and fall claims and dealing with insurance companies.
Contact a San Bernardino Slip and Fall Lawyer
Call San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at The JLF Firm at (909) 314-1716 or contact us online when you need to speak with a San Bernardino slip and fall attorney. We are standing by and ready to help you as you seek compensation for your injuries.
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