Experiencing a serious injury while on another’s property is bad enough; however, if the accident was preventable, which many are, the loss you suffer is even more so. Slip and fall cases can result in injuries such as broken bones, hip fractures, shoulder injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and sprains. They’re common and they deserve to be compensated.
Property owners in California and everywhere else have a duty to the public to warn them of potential dangers. They also have to do all they can to ensure the property is safe for customers and employees, from patching crumbling steps and repairing uneven surfaces to installing hand rails on stairs and mopping up spills.
Known as “premises liability,” this is basically a property owner’s responsibility to ensure safe conditions for visitors, employees and residents. Under California law, property owners can be held financially liable for slip and fall accidents that take place on their property.
You need slip and fall attorneys to protect your rights in these instances. Call Kuzyk Law today for your free, no-obligation consultation at 661-945-6969.
What the Numbers Show
The statistics are grim when it comes to slips and falls. The CDC says that:
- Nearly three million older adults get treatment in ERs for falls every year.
- 1 in 5 falls results in a serious injury like a broken bone or a head injury.
- More than 800,000 people a year go to the hospital due to a fall, such as head injury or hip fracture.
- Falls are the top result of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Three hundred thousand people go to the hospital with hip fractures each year.
How a PI Lawyer Can Help
If you have suffered an injury that could have been prevented had the owner of the property properly maintained the area, you need trusted slip and fall attorneys in Los Angeles to fight your case. They can help in many ways.
Navigating the System
An attorney knows what is necessary from the court to bring the case to fruition or settlement, as well as in what order and in what time frame. If you go it alone and you miss a step, you can set your case back months. The courts and insurance companies are unforgiving when it comes to missed deadlines. It takes an on-the-ball attorney to keep things running smoothly.
Just because you were hurt while on someone else’s property doesn’t automatically mean you have a winning lawsuit. Many factors go into this. Your attorney will tell you what the courts see as “reasonable” in the property owner’s actions. If you can prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the danger and neglected to correct the problem in a reasonable manner and timeframe, you could win or get a decent settlement. The property owner’s attorney will argue that if you had exercised reasonable care, the accident would not have happened. This is a valid argument, one that requires a strong advocate to argue it for you.
Case Documentation and Assessment
Assessing the situation and properly documenting everything involved in your case is imperative. This begins with outlining how the accident scene came to be. Gathering photographs, statements, records of past incidents, and letters and complaints from others can all be time consuming.
Your lawyers have the resources to gather these items, as well as direct you to the proper medical experts skilled at long-term injury care to provide an accurate diagnosis and future prognosis.
Attention to Detail
Your slip and fall attorney will be the one to make sure all T’s are crossed all I’s are dotted. They take all the many pages of information and photos and convert it into a legal road map that will, hopefully, result in the total recovery of your losses as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.
A personal injury attorney can be the deciding factor in your case. They have the experience necessary to know how the courts work and how they can best help you. That being said, your case must have merit and a good foundation in order to have a chance at success. Provided you have that, your attorney is the icing on the cake.
Contact Kuzyk Law
Kuzyk Law, available for you 24/7 to provide legal advice, can be reached at 661-945-6969 for a free initial consultation. If you have suffered an injury due to premises liability, please make a call to our slip and fall attorneys in Los Angeles today.