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Jonathan M. Kashani
July 8, 2024

There are about 800,000 cases of slip-and-falls every year. In these instances, most are caused by someone else’s wrongdoing, in that they failed to maintain their walking space to ensure visitors are safe. If you are injured in a slip-and-fall injury where someone else is liable, you may be able to recover compensation.

For the best chances of receiving compensation for your damages, you’ll want to contact a Sacramento slip-and-fall lawyer. An experienced lawyer will help you get the compensation you deserve while you focus on recovering after your accident.

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Common Examples of  Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accident may not seem like a severe accident but they have the potiental to cause serious injury. A slip or trip can result in severe damage to the knees including, fractures and even torn ligaments and muscles. Several situations may lead to slip-and-fall accidents. These incidents usually occur on another person’s property. Below are some examples.

Falls in Grocery Stores – There is a fairly high chance of experiencing a slip-and-fall accident in a grocery or convenience store. These stores have high customer traffic, and property or business owners can fail to meet their duty to keep their aisles free from debris or liquids. You can also experience a slip-and-fall if the property owner doesn't set up a notice to show that the condition exists, such as a wet floor sign.

Restaurant Floor Slips – The presence of liquid on restaurant floors can also cause slip-and-fall accidents. Restaurant employees should inspect their premises to look for dangerous conditions caused by spilt drinks. They should also put up a sign cautioning everyone entering the premises about the slippery floors.

Failure to Maintain Their Buildings or Stairways – Landlords of complexes are responsible for slip-and-falls resulting from poor upkeep and maintenance. They should maintain their property in good condition and meet local building codes.

Snow or Ice - There are lots of slip-and-fall incidents during winter. Despite being a natural cause, you can hold a property owner liable if they failed to treat the hazards as a reasonable person would. For instance, allowing ice to accumulate and downspout from gutters may put them at fault for the injuries sustained by slip-and-falls on nearby walkways.

Who is Liable for a Slip-And-Fall Accident In California?

Under California laws, people who own, lease, control, or occupy a property are liable for slip-and-falls on their premises. These laws can become complex when it comes to property lines, occupants versus owners, and duration of the slip hazard being present. It is best to contact a lawyer to determine which avenue to pursue in your specific situation.

Public walkways can also pose many hazards when they’re poorly maintained, and the liability for this falls on local government. You should know that the statute of limitations, or the duration within which you are allowed to file, for government-related accidents is much shorter than typical slip-and-fall accidents, so you’ll want to discuss your case with a Sacramento slip-and-fall lawyer as soon as possible.

What Are the Steps for Filling Slip-And-Fall Claims in California?

Slip-and-fall cases follow a similar process to other personal injury cases. Therefore, you must prove the following four factors while filing your case:

  1. A person owed you a duty of care 
  2. That person breached their duty of care through their actions or negligence 
  3. Their breach of duty of care led to your injuries 
  4. You incurred damages as a result of the injuries

Here’s a closer look at these aspects:

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Someone Owed You A Duty of Care

In a slip-and-fall accident, you must show that a particular person owed a duty of care. Duty of care refers to the legal obligation to maintain the safety of others. In slip-and-fall accidents, property owners, lease owners, and property lessees have a duty of care to everyone entering their premises. It may also include local municipalities, restaurant owners, and specific authority figures, depending on the nature of the accident. 

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Breach of Duty of Care

Breach of duty of care in slip-and-fall injuries occurs whenever the person, business, or entity that owes you that duty of care fails to uphold it, typically through negligence. When a business doesn’t clean up a spill in a reasonable amount of time, for instance, that is a breach of their duty of care to their patrons.

You Suffered Injuries as a Result

Sudden falls can result in various traumatic injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones 
  • Neck injuries 
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussion 
  • Other traumatic brain injuries
  • Severe cuts and lacerations 
  • Knee and ankle injuries 
  • Facial injuries 
  • Shoulders, wrist, and elbow injuries 
  • Chronic pain 

The breach of duty must have directly caused your injury. 

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Your Injuries Resulted in Damages

You are entitled to recover compensatory damages for the expenses that resulted from the injuries sustained from your slip-and-fall accident. Compensatory damages refer to all financial losses associated with a personal injury claim. Below are some of the recoverable damages from a slip-and-fall accident:

  • Medical bills, past and future
  • Lost wages 
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering 

Victims are sometimes entitled to punitive damages in a slip-and-fall lawsuit. Punitive damages are special compensation awarded to a plaintiff if they can show clear and convincing evidence that the injuries resulted from malicious activities. It’s meant to punish the person at fault rather than compensate the plaintiff. Punitive damages aren’t offered often, but you can ask your lawyer if they may be available in your specific case.

Jonathan M. Kashani

LEGALLY REVIEWED BY

Jonathan M. Kashani

July 8, 2024

Jonathan M. Kashani is the founder of Kash Legal Group, specializing in personal injury law with a commitment to providing personalized client services and high-quality legal representation. He holds a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law and is admitted to practice in all state courts of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

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Seek Compensation for Your Accident With a Sacramento Slip-And-Fall Lawyer

Several factors can help you get fair compensation for the injuries sustained in a slip-and-fall accident, and it’s recommended to partner with a Sacramento slip-and-fall attorney for the best chances of receiving your due compensation. An attorney will help you gather enough evidence for the claim and negotiate your settlement to help ensure you get what you deserve. 

The possibility of a fair settlement depends on the law firm you choose. At Kash Legal, we dedicate our experience and resources to ensuring that your rights are upheld and give the right legal advice to maximize your settlement. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (888) 527-4128 or fill out our contact form.

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