Liability for Slip and Fall Injury

Liability for Slip and Fall Injury

Who carries the liability for slip and fall injury in Orange County, LA and the Inland Empire?  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 personal injury claim for their injuries. Typically, it will only be worthwhile to file a lawsuit and pursue legal options if you have sustained an injury requiring short or long-term medical treatment. 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 for slip and fall injury. In order to be successful in a slip and fall injury 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 that needs to be proven is that the owner of the business or commercial building where the injury occurred 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.

Liability for slip and fall injury can be one of the hardest personal injury cases to prove, so it is important that you speak to an experienced attorney to discuss your case. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry as well as our successful verdicts and settlements and contact Rivers Morrell or call today to speak with Rivers personally for a free, substantive consultation at (949) 305-1400.

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