Orange County Slip-and-Fall Attorney
The Orange County Slip and Fall Lawyers at Bisnar Chase have your back when you encounter a personal injury resulting from a slip and fall.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result from a cracked sidewalk or a spill in a grocery store. Many of these types of incidents result in little more than minor contusions. Some falls, however, result in serious injuries such as bone fractures and traumatic brain injuries. In addition to the physical pain of an injury, the resulting medical bills and lost wages can put a considerable financial and emotional burden on the victim and the victim's family. This is why it is important for victims of Orange County slip-and-fall accidents to learn about their legal rights and options.
Getting Fair Compensation in Orange County
A successful Orange County Personal Injury can result in financial compensation for all of the damages you have suffered. There may be support available for your medical bills, lost wages and for your loss of earning potential if your injuries affect your ability to work in the future. Victims may even be able to seek compensation for non-economic losses such as physical pain and mental anguish. It is important that you save all your receipts and systematically document all of your losses that resulted from your slip-and-fall injury in Orange County.
The experienced Orange County slip-and-fall attorneys at BISNAR CHASE have a long and successful track record of helping seriously injured victims of negligence. We can help hold the at-fault parties accountable for all the injuries, damages and losses you have suffered. We work on a contingent fee basis, which means you don't have to pay any fees until we recover compensation for you. Please contact us at 1-949-203-3814 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.
Slip and Fall Statistics
- Fall fatalities are nearly equally divided between men and women. However, more women will experience a slip-and-fall accident. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls accounted for 5% of the job-related fatalities for women compared to 11% for men.
- Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.
- Fractures are the most serious consequences of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall.
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
- Falls account for 87% of all fractures among people over the age of 65 and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
- People over the age of 85 are 10-15 times more likely to experience a hip fracture than are people aged 60-65 years.
- Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).
- Total injuries due to falls estimated at $13-14 million per year in U.S. Falls are the number one cause of accidental injury, resulting in 20.8 percent of all emergency room visits in 1995. (Motor vehicle accidents accounted for 11.9 percent of ER visits.)
- Disabling (temporary and permanent) occupational injuries due to falls are approximately $250,000-$300,000 per year.
- Falls from elevation (approximately 40% of compensable fall cases, approximately 10% of occupational fatalities).
For more information on statistics, prevention and information visit the National Floor Safety Institute.
Injuries Suffered in an Orange County Slip-and-Fall Accident
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in a wide range of potential injuries from small bruises to catastrophic injuries such as brain and spinal cord trauma. More often than not, a fall will result in little more than embarrassment. But even a minor fall can result in a relatively minor injury such as ligament sprain or muscle strain. It is also possible for victims to sustain a bone fracture in their hip, wrist, ankle, vertebrae or skull. Many victims experience debilitating neck or back injuries because of the manner in which they fall. These types of serious injuries are often preventable when property owners and managers take the necessary steps to ensure that their premises located in the OC are safe for guests, tenants and visitors.
Preventing Slip-and-Fall Accidents
You can reduce your chances of being in a slip-and-fall accident by taking common sense steps such as remaining vigilant and wearing sensible shoes. However, there are times when accidents occur, regardless of how careful you are. This is because there were dangers on the property of which you were not aware.
Orange County property owners can prevent accidents by regularly surveying their premises for hazards. They must install adequate lighting to increase visibility and place welcome mats near all entrances to keep walkways dry. They must also review complaints they have received and monitor areas that are known to be dangerous. When a hazardous condition cannot be repaired within a timely manner, property owners must place warnings around dangerous areas such as liquid spills, broken steps or cracked walkways. Failing to do so is a form of negligence that can directly result in a serious injury and the county can penalize the business as well.
What to Do after a Slip-Trip-and-Fall Accident
If you have taken a fall, take a moment to collect yourself and evaluate if you have suffered an injury. If you are hurt, do not move and call 911 so emergency personnel can help evaluate your injuries. Notify the manager of the property or the owner of the premises. Have him or her file an accident report and make it clear that you intend to seek medical attention for your injuries. Before going to the hospital, take photos of the location where you fell including the hazardous condition that caused you to fall. Make sure to take a wide-angle shot that clearly shows whether or not there were warning signs or cones or caution tape in the area.
It can also prove helpful to have the contact number of anyone who witnessed the accident. Have them write down everything they remember as soon as possible so that important details are not forgotten. You should take extensive notes as well. Write down your recollection of how and why you were hurt and keep a journal documenting your struggles since suffering the injury.
Legal Rights of Orange County Injured Victims
All property owners in Orange County have a legal obligation to provide reasonably safe conditions for visitors, guests and/or tenants. Their responsibilities include monitoring how safe their premises are to determine if repairs need to be made. When a hazardous condition cannot be taken care of in a timely manner, warning signs must be placed to caution visitors.
Orange County property owners who fail to meet their legal obligations can be held accountable for their negligence. For example, you have the right to file a claim if you were hurt because of a hazardous condition that the property owner should have known about, but failed to fix. During the legal proceedings, the court will review who was at fault and if your own carelessness contributed to the accident.
Determining Liability for a Slip-and-Fall Accident
It is common for property owners to claim that they had no idea that their property was unsafe. It may be necessary to review recent complaints property management has received regarding the safety of the premises and how long the hazardous conditions existed on the premises. To hold a property owner legally responsible for an incident, a victim must prove that:
- The property owner or an employee caused the dangerous condition that led to the fall.
- The owner of the premises or an employee must have known about the dangerous condition.
- The property manager or owner did nothing to fix the hazardous condition on the premises.
- The property owner or manager did nothing to warn visitors and guests about the dangerous condition.
Immediate Legal Relief
If you've been injured in an Orange County slip and fall accident and have significant or long term injuries we may be able to help you get compensation. This includes pain and suffering and your medical bills. Call 949-203-3814 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.