Most people think slip and fall accidents only take place on icy sidewalks, or in cold and wet conditions. The unfortunate truth is that these types of accidents can take place just about any place and at any time.
For example, a property owner who does not maintain adequately lighted stairwells or does not have handrails installed, resulting in a fall down the stairs, can be held liable. Slippery floors at malls, office buildings, or in other common areas also produce many accidents. Broken sidewalks or damaged walkways that cause a stumble or a slip can produce significant injuries in many cases as well. There is almost an unlimited number of scenarios that can produce minor or major injuries that can require a long and expensive recovery period.
You may be entitled to damages if you are the victim of a slip and fall accident
In some cases, there is no blame to be placed if you are injured in a slip and fall accident. However, in many cases, you may be able to hold another party accountable for your injuries, allowing you to seek damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related impacts.
Proving fault rests on the concept of negligence
To receive compensation for a slip and fall personal injury case, your attorney must prove that the other party was negligent or careless and that their actions led directly to your injuries. One of the keys in a slip and fall accident is being able to show that the owner or the other party knew that the situation existed and that they had an adequate amount of time to address the deficiency. Under normal circumstances, it must have been foreseeable that the negligence would create the danger and the possibility that an accident could take place.
The Law Offices of Donald D. Hiney serves clients in San Diego, Chula Vista, and surrounding San Diego communities.