La Habra Slip & Fall Attorneys
Have you been injured in a La Habra slip-and-fall accident? Financial compensation may be available for your medical bills and suffering. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to prove liability in these types of cases. Injured victims often have to fight for their rights in court. Property owners, managers, city officials and other entities are quick to deny responsibility for a slip-and-fall accident. If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact a knowledgeable La Habra slip-and-fall lawyer who can help prove liability and hold the at-fault party accountable for your losses.
Proving Liability in a Slip-and-Fall Accident
Property owners have a legal responsibility to provide reasonably safe conditions for all visitors, guests, tenants and workers. Property owners who fail to meet that responsibility may be held liable for the resulting injuries suffered because of their negligence. Being legally responsible for one's actions or failure to act is called liability. In other words, negligent property owners can be held liable for the injuries suffered by others on their property.
First, it is important to understand that a property owner cannot prevent all injury accidents from occurring on their premises. A storeowner, for example, is not responsible for the injuries suffered by someone who tripped on their own shoelaces. A storeowner may, however, be held liable for the injuries suffered by a hazardous condition that the he or she failed to fix. For example, if you slipped on water, soda or laundry detergent spilled on a supermarket floor, then, you may be able to file a claim citing negligence on the part of the store employee or manager. This distinction is an important part of the claim process. The question that often needs to be answered is: How did the slip-and-fall accident occur and how could it have been prevented?
Questions that Must Be Asked
It is not always clear what caused a slip-and-fall accident. There are many important questions that must be asked.
- Did anyone witness the accident? Collect their contact information right away. They may be able to shed some light on how you slipped and fell. Witnesses may also prove useful if your claim is disputed.
- If you slipped because of a wet condition, it must be determined if there were signs posted warning you of the slippery conditions. What type of liquid was on the ground? Was the spill not cleaned up within a reasonable amount of time?
- How can you prove the circumstances of the incident? Taking photographs of where you fell can is often a good way to do it. Try to get images of the spill, lack of warning signs and your injuries, if they are apparent. Photograph the ground if there are cracks or an uneven surface.
File a Report
It is important that you file a report with the building manager or property owner. Places of business should have a procedure to file an injury report. Do not go into details about how hurt you are or exactly what happened. Just inform the property manager of when and where the accident happened and that you are going to seek medical attention. Ask for a copy of that report and make sure you get it before leaving.
Seek Medical Attention
There are a number of reasons why seeing a doctor right away is a good idea. First, obtaining immediate care will increase your chances of having a complete and speedy recovery. Second, your medical records help create documentation that will prove when you were injured, the types of injuries you suffered and the treatment you received. Third, failure to see a doctor may be interpreted by the defense to mean that you were not really injured as a result of the fall. The defense may also claim that your injuries worsened as a result of your failure to see a doctor and seek prompt medical attention.
Contacting an Attorney
It is common for property owners to fight the claims that are filed against them. The skilled La Habra slip-and-fall lawyers at our law firm have more than 30 years of experience handling premises liability claims and a variety of serious injury cases. We help injured victims and their families seek and obtain fair compensation for the injuries, damages and losses they have suffered as a result of someone else's negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured in a La Habra slip-and-fall accident, please contact us for a free and comprehensive consultation.