Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents

One of the most common type of personal injury cases are tripping or slip and fall accidents. These types of incidents can occur inside of a store, at a neighbor’s house, or on a public sidewalk. People fall and slip all the time; however, few times will their injuries be substantial enough to justify pursue a legal claim for their injuries. Typically, it will only be worthwhile to file a lawsuit and pursue legal options if you have sustained a serious injury. Most people that are injured badly from slip and fall accidents already have pre-existing weakened conditions to make them more susceptible to becoming injured.

One of the most contentious parts of a slip and fall accident concerns liability. In order to be successful in a slip/trip and fall case, two major things need to be proven. The first thing is that you will need to prove that a dangerous condition exists. Liquid on a slippery surface, uneven sidewalks, potholes, etc., can all constitute as a dangerous condition. The second thing needed to be proven is that the defendant needs to have notice of the dangerous condition. Constructive knowledge is not always required. For example, even if a store isn’t directly aware that there is a spill of liquid in one of their aisles, if there has been a pool of liquid sitting there for hours, they still be deemed to have “knowledge” of the liquid spill, because they should have reasonable inspected their store and seen it.

One of the areas where families should be vigilant is a nursing home or retirement community.  Patients in these facilities should be closely supervised, and a slip and fall accident in a nursing home that results in injury should never happen.  When it does, your instincts to protect your loved one and call our office are prudent.

Slip and fall cases can be some of the most complex cases, so it is important that you speak to an experienced attorney to discuss your case. We invite you to contact the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell for a free consultation at (949)305-1400 to learn about your legal options and how we can help you to recover for your injuries and expenses.

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