The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that nearly one million Americans are hurt every year due to slips and falls. Approximately another 17,000 are killed because of being involved in such incidents.
When a person or entity’s negligence has been the cause of a slip and fall, the law offers remedies to injured victims. If you have suffered a slip and fall, it is a good idea to speak to a Glendale slip and fall attorney at Binder & Associates as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and how you should proceed with your case.
Where Do Slip-and-Fall Accidents Occur
Slips and falls can happen in a variety of places. Where the slip and fall occurs will help determine which party or parties are liable for your injuries.
If you have been injured on someone’s property, then the property owner or the landlord could be held liable if the following four conditions are met:
- The property owner or landlord had known or should have known about the danger which caused the slip and fall
- The property owner or landlord should have repaired the dangerous condition
- The serious accident should have been foreseeable by the property owner or landlord
- Because the property owner or landlord failed to fix the condition, the victim slipped and fell
A business owner, property owner or an employee of a business could be responsible for a slip and fall if these three conditions are met:
- One or more of the above parties created the condition which caused the victim to slip and fall
- One or more of the above parties knew about the condition but failed to do anything to fix it
- One or more of the above parties should have known about the condition and repaired it because a reasonable individual would have found out about it and fixed it before someone could be hurt
Slip-and-fall injuries that occur on a government-owned property are more complex and require the expert handling of an experienced Glendale slip and fall attorney. Statutory laws, what qualifies as a branch of government or organization, and rules for filing a claim may all impact your ability to sue.
How to Prepare Your Slip-and-Fall Case
Victims of a slip and fall can do a number of things to help their Glendale slip and fall lawyer piece together the strongest and most compelling case:
- Make a note of where the accident occurred (for example, at a residence, at a business, where on the property)
- Write down as many details about the incident as possible. For example, was the cause of the accident a slippery floor, poor lighting, an object on the floor or uneven flooring?
- Take photos of where the incident occurred and take pictures of what you believe caused the slip and fall if possible
- Take photos of your injuries
- Tell the property owner about the incident. If you were injured at a business, you may ask the owner or the manager to fill out an accident report and request a copy of it
- Save the clothing you were wearing that day and set it aside to prove that your clothing and footwear had no bearing on you slipping and falling
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses and how they felt about the incident
- Seek medical attention, even if you are not seriously injured, and retain all medical records and bills
Our personal injury law firm Binder & Associates in Glendale, CA also focuses on the following practice areas:
Choose a Respected Slip-and-Fall Attorney Glendale
During our nearly 40 years of experience in personal injury claims, Binder & Associates has represented numerous slip and fall clients who have pursued damages against retail outlets as well as residential property owners and landlords. Our Glendale slip and fall lawyer are committed to pursuing the highest financial recovery settlement possible so that you will be properly compensated for your injuries.
Binder & Associates offers free initial consultations with a personal injury attorney in Glendale, Pasadena, and other cities in Los Angeles County. To arrange for your free consultation, we welcome your call to (626) 793-9124.