Riverside Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip-trip-and-fall accidents may not seem or sound dangerous. Some people are lucky to get away with a bruise or a scratch. But, often times, Riverside slip and fall accidents have the potential to result in serious or even fatal injuries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one third of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States are caused by falls. In fact, more brain injuries are caused by falls than car accidents. Falls can also result in other injuries such as broken bones that can leave a person disabled for an extended period of time. If you have been injured in a Riverside slip-trip-and-fall accident, it is important that you understand your legal rights and options.
Getting the Help You Need
Negligent property owners and managers can be held accountable for the injuries that occur on their premises. The property owner can be held liable for a Riverside slip-trip-and-fall accident when:
- The owner or an employee caused the dangerous condition.
- The owner of the premises or the employee knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, but did nothing to rectify it.
- The negligence resulted in injuries to a tenant, visitor or guest.
- The injuries caused the victim physical, emotional and financial losses.
The experienced Riverside slip and fall attorneys at BISNAR CHASE have a long and successful track record of holding negligent property owners and managers accountable. Injured victims of slip-trip-and-fall accidents can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation costs, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress. We will help you obtain fair and full compensation for your significant losses. Please contact us at (800) 561-4887 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
The severity of your injuries often depends on a number of different factors. The elderly tend to suffer the most serious injuries in slip-trip-and-fall accidents because their bones are often weaker or more brittle compared to younger adults. The position of your body or how you fall can also determine the nature and severity of your injuries. For example, if you fall on your wrist, elbow, head or hip, you could suffer a devastating bone fracture. If you twist your ankle, knee or wrist, you could suffer a debilitating tendon sprain or muscle strain. If you strike your head as you fall, you may sustain a traumatic brain injury or lose consciousness.
The True Cost of Being Injured
These types of injuries are not only painful, but they can also be very expensive to treat. Even victims with adequate health care insurance can expect to face mounting medical bills. The cost of emergency services, surgeries, hospitalization, rehabilitation services and prescription drugs can add up very quickly. For many, the cost of a serious injury does not end with the medical expenses. Individuals who have sustained a serious injury may have to miss work and some may never be able to return at full capacity. Victims of slip-trip-and-fall accidents sometimes require modifications to their home to make daily activities easier, which can also prove extremely expensive.
Fall Accident Prevention
Property owners and managers have a duty and a legal responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe for tenants, visitors and guests. There are steps property owners can and should take to ensure that their premises are safe. Wet surfaces are one of the most common causes of slip-and-trip accidents. Property owners should keep their floors clean and dry. When the floor is wet, it is important that warning signs are placed to warn visitors. All aisles and passageways must be kept clear of debris and other tripping hazards. Broken stairs, bunched-up carpeting and elevators that are not flush with the ground should be repaired. If a dangerous condition has not been fixed, warning signs must be posted. Owners must provide proper lighting on their properties as well to prevent these types of accidents. In the case of shopping centers escalators must be repaired and maintained in order to prevent trip-and-fall accidents.
What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured?
If you are injured in a slip-trip-and-fall accident because of a hazardous condition, it is important that you take a moment to collect yourself. Try to determine if you have been injured and if you need medical attention. It is important that you collect as much information as possible from the scene of the incident. First and foremost, report the incident to the property owner. Make sure you obtain a copy of the report. Get medical attention right away and follow the doctor's orders.
Obtaining photographic evidence of the accident scene can prove invaluable. Should you choose to file a personal injury claim later, physical and visual evidence from the scene can really help bolster your case. If you have a cell phone, take photos of the dangerous condition that caused your injuries. Take photographs of your injuries as well. If anyone witnessed the incident, obtain his or her contact information as well. Eyewitnesses can help corroborate your account of what occurred.