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In this article, you will learn:

  • Important information about premises liability law
  • How accidents can occur and the resulting injuries
  • How being partially at fault for the accident could affect your entitlement to compensation

California premises liability laws place a duty of care on owners and occupants to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition, and to warn guests and visitors of lurking dangers that may not already be open and obvious. That can vary in many different situations and depends on the specific circumstances. A good example that I’ve handled in the past was a client that went to a restaurant, and it was a single kind of bathroom where she went into the bathroom, locked the door, used the restroom, washed her hands, attempted to leave the bathroom, tried to pull the door handle, and as she pulled the door handle, the entire door handle fell apart resulting her falling backwards and fracturing her rib. So these types of thing happen, where that was a known dangerous condition, and they never did anything to fix the condition, nor did they inform people of that condition that resulted in injuries.

Common Examples Of Slip-And-Fall Or Trip-And-Fall Accidents That Commonly Occur In LA County

There could be many different circumstances and situations that cause slip or trip accidents and injuries. It could be like an example I just related, or some type of a grocery store where if you’re in the produce section and the water misters are now causing moisture to all on the floors. Now whether the supermarket is doing a good job of maintaining those floors may produce liability for the property owner.

Another example is situations where the stairs might not be up to code, or the hand railings might not be up to code. It may also involve portions of parking lots not having proper and adequate lighting. So there is no simple answer, because everyone’s situation is different, and it just depends on whether there’s a negligent condition that exists that the land owner was aware of, yet did nothing to avoid the situation. We’ve handled slip-and-falls for a variety of different situations, whether it’s a restaurant or even car washes. We’ve handled falls that involve grocery stores. There is no one type of situation. The only common theme that exist is a negligent condition that was known to the land owner and that they failed to take proper steps to avoid that situation.

Common Types Of Injuries Seen As A Result Of Trip-And-Fall Or Slip-And-Fall Accidents

Every situation is different, and so we’ve seen things that can result in people breaking their legs, having back injuries, or having head injuries. Often, the injury is related to the negligent condition that exists that now has caused pain that arises from the slip-and-fall or the trip-and-fall. So, it doesn’t matter whether now somebody fell forward or backwards or hurt their leg, their arm, their head; we’re not so concerned with that aspect, as long as it’s reasonably related to the fall that they’ve suffered.

In other words, if somebody just stubs their toes and claims that they have a brain injury, that’s a problem. But if now somebody fell or somebody tripped on something and fell, landed backwards that resulted in their head being smashed into the concrete, the claim of injuries is reasonably related to that actual injury.

California’s Consideration Of Contributory Fault Or Negligence When Determining Entitlement To Compensation For A Slip-And-Fall Injury

It is not uncommon for insurance companies and/or landowners to always try to blame the other party for the injuries sustained. Now, it can have an impact as to the level of recovery that somebody can receive from the trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall, but that should not deter somebody from seeking legal help related to the injuries, because at the end of the day, there is always going to be some defense made by the insurance company or a land owner regardless of the situation.

For more information Premises Liability Law in California, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (909) 804-9059 today.

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