Our Slip and Fall Lawyers Offer Thorough Legal Counsel with a Compassionate Approach
Slips, trips, and falls can result in dramatic and life-altering injuries. Resulting medical bills can be overwhelming, and you may be forced to take significant time off from work. If you or a loved one was injured in a fall, you may be entitled to financial compensation. However, proving liability in such cases can be complicated. That is why it is so important to work with a qualified attorney. The slip and fall lawyers at our San Diego, CA, firm are highly experienced legal experts. Our lead attorney, Kerry Steigerwalt, is widely recognized as a top trial lawyer, and we have won millions of dollars for our clients. Therefore, when you visit our firm, you can rest assured that you have an outstanding legal team on your side.
What Is a Slip and Fall Case?
A slip and fall case involves an accident in which a property owner’s negligence played a significant role. If dangerous or poorly maintained property contributed to your injuries, you may have a legal claim. There are many types of slip and fall cases. Contributing factors can include:
- Wet surfaces
- Uneven sidewalks or other walkways
- Uneven or broken stairs
- Torn or buckled carpeting
- Obstacles, such as boxes, construction equipment, or building materials
- Poor lighting
With our lawyers on your side, you can enjoy peace of mind as you focus on your own healing process.
Often, slips and fall accidents can take place at work. Construction sites and related environments can be especially dangerous because employees are often working high off the ground, on catwalks, and around heavy machinery.
Types of Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can result in many different injuries, ranging from minor to severe. However, even relatively small injuries, such as a broken bone that will heal in time, may be grounds for a lawsuit. Other, more serious injuries can include:
In tragic cases, a fall, especially from a high distance, can be fatal.
Waging a personal injury lawsuit can help you obtain the damages you deserve to cover related expenses. Of course, medical bills are one of the biggest costs following an accident of this nature. A lawsuit can help you recover funds for initial bills, like hospitalization and ambulance transport. If you or your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, such as brain damage or damage to the spinal cord, you may require lifelong medical care and assistance. In these cases, the court may award you money for physical therapy, long-term nursing, and related expenses.
An injury could also put you out of work. Often, this hiatus will be temporary, but in case of severe injury, you may no longer be able to work at all. In these situations, you may be eligible for compensation for a lifetime of wages. When calculating the final amount, the court will consider your age, estimated time of employment, and financial projections. A slip and fall lawsuit could also benefit your loved ones. For example, if you are out of work, the court will frequently award money for your dependents.
Establishing Liability in a Slip and Fall Case
If you or a loved one has fallen on someone else’s property, it is essential that you establish liability for your claim. Legally, a property owner is responsible for the safety of everyone who comes onto the premises. However, proving negligence can be difficult, especially when there may be multiple parties at fault. In general, courts will look for three things when establishing liability for your accident:
- You were injured. If your injury has already healed, you will need to obtain medical records as evidence. Generally, you must also have experienced some sort of a financial loss as a result of your injury.
- Your injury occurred on someone else’s property because of hazardous conditions. Any of the dangers listed at the top of this page can be classified as a “hazard.” Often, you will need pictures or eyewitness accounts of the danger to prove your claim.
- The property owner was negligent. First, you must have had a valid reason to be on the property. Second, the owner must have had reasonable cause to know about or to foresee the hazardous conditions. Finally, your claim may be viable if the property owner did not take appropriate measures to repair the hazard or warn visitors of its existence.
California is a shared fault state. If the court finds that you were partially responsible for your accident, they will deduct that amount from your compensation. For example, if you were injured on a construction site because of an uneven walkway, but you were not wearing appropriate footwear, the court may determine that you were 40% responsible. If you would normally have been awarded $10,000, they will deduct 40%, bringing your total to $6000.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Waging a slip and fall lawsuit can be very complex, and there are many factors to consider. When you are already dealing with serious injuries, tackling all of these details can be especially challenging. Fortunately, when you work with an experienced lawyer, your slip and fall case will involve very little stress.
Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident to make sure that you have a viable claim. Through this process, they can also begin to build a sound legal case. Among other things, we will inspect the property in question and talk to any eye witnesses. We will also examine your medical records and discuss them with your doctors. If necessary, we can even bring in our own expert medical witness to provide convincing evidence on your behalf.
Resources for Families Affected by a Slip and Fall Case
We are committed to our clients’ total wellbeing. For this reason, we proudly offer comprehensive assistance to accident victims and their families. In addition to a large network of legal peers, we also maintain relationships with doctors, physical therapists, psychologists, counselors, and other experts. Whatever your needs, we are happy to refer you to a specialist and get you the assistance that you require. We can also deal with any insurance adjustors who may try to contact you. With our lawyers on your side, you can enjoy peace of mind as you focus on your own healing process.
Contact Us for More Information
Due to the statute of limitations, it is important to act quickly following a slip and fall accident. Our attorneys offer empathetic assistance, yet they are aggressive and hard-hitting in the courtroom. Contact our office today to schedule your complimentary case evaluation.