Thousands of slip-and-fall incidents occur each year, and up to 40 percent of them result in serious injuries. These grave injuries take a severe toll on the sufferer’s livelihood. They affect the person physically, emotionally and financially. If you are a victim of a slip-and-fall incident, then you should not just lie down and cut your losses. You may be eligible to receive the reparations you need to pay for your hospital bills and any other bills that relate to your recovery. Yasmine Djawadian is a dedicated personal injury lawyer that services the residents of San Diego and the surrounding areas.
Premise Liability Information
A slip-and-fall incident is called a slip-and-fall incident because the victim slips on something and then falls right into raw bones and body parts. The substance that causes the fall may be an oil slick, water, ice, coffee or a restaurant condiment. The incidents can occur inside or outside of business establishments, governmental buildings and even the homes of friends and family members. These slips cause injuries such as broken legs, dislocated shoulders, disjointed knee caps, concussions and the like.
Premise liability laws state that parties that own the properties where these incidents take place may be held financially accountable for the injuries. The court will first examine whether the accused party was responsible for the substance on which you slipped, whether the hazard was open and obvious and whether you received notice about the danger.
Why You May Deserve Compensation
You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries because of the presence of neglect. In other words, you can win if someone else caused you to bust your bum because of a careless act or a failure to respond to danger.
Example one: Your friendly neighborhood fast food crew member sees a tomato on the floor in the dining room but does not pick it up. You slip on it five minutes later.
Example two: Your best friend leaves the baby’s trains on the kitchen floor, and you slip on them on the way to helping yourself to a glass of water.
Lawyers can assess the situation in an educated manner and look for instances of neglect. She can provide emotional support for you during your ordeal, as well. She can try to negotiate for an out-of-court settlement so you can get your compensation faster. Some offending parties agree to such arrangements because they realize that they are in the wrong. The attorney can fight aggressively to get you the funds you deserve even if the other party does not agree to be at fault in any way.