According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of death and injuries among Americans 65 and older in America. Millions of falls occur among the elderly population every year, with most leading to serious and fatal injuries. Senior citizens aren’t the only ones at risk of bad slip and fall accidents – they can happen to anyone in the wrong circumstances. A spilled drink at the grocery store, a parking lot with uneven sidewalks, a staircase with a faulty railing… opportunities for premises liability accidents are unfortunately quite common.
After sustaining an injury on someone else’s property, reach out to our Riverside slip & fall accident attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP. We can help you understand your rights.
Contrary to what most people believe, a property owner is not automatically liable for injuries that occur on his or her property. To bring a case against the property owner, the injured party must have evidence that he/she knew or reasonably should have known about the dangerous property feature and did nothing to repair the issue. Proving that someone “reasonably should have known” about something takes looking at what another reasonable and prudent person would have done in the same circumstances. Examples of dangerous property defects include:
These are common reasons for premises liability claims, but the “defect” in question can be anything that caused preventable harm to property visitors. Slip and fall accidents are the most common grounds for premises liability claims in California. In these cases, a common defense is to state that the plaintiff contributed to his or her own injuries by failing to pay attention (if, for example, the person was looking down at a cell phone and walked straight into a puddle on the floor).
In California, the injured party can still recover a portion of damages even if the courts find him or her partially responsible for the incident. A good attorney can help you maximize recovery even in the event of a comparative negligence defense.
If you have a slip and fall injury, you need to take several steps to ensure the success of your liability claim. These include:
If you recently suffered an injury while on someone else’s property, seek medical care right away. You’ll need official medical records of your injuries and prognosis for recovery. Once you’re on the mend, consider speaking to a lawyer about what happened. Unsafe premises are common in Riverside, and they deserve legal attention when they cause injuries.
At Estey & Bomberger, LLP our accident attorneys offer free, no obligation consultations so that injured parties always feel comfortable talking to our attorneys. You can hear our professional advice without paying a dime or retaining our firm. Our team will listen to your story, decide if your accident has merit as a personal injury claim, and help you decide what to do from there.
After a slip and fall or other premises liability accident, don’t hesitate to contact up. Our Riverside firm has an impressive 99% success rate, and we want to help you pursue compensation from a negligent property owner.
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If you are hesitant to contact us about your claim, it may help you to gain an understanding of what personal injury law is, and what is is not. We are ready to help you. Whether you prefer talking on the phone, coming into our office in Riverside, or you need us to come to where you are, give us a call at 951-543-9020 to schedule an appointment.