If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident that was caused by the negligence of another person, company or entity, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. In a majority of cases, a slip and fall injury will fall under the scope of premises liability claims.
Premises liability is an area of law that deals with the responsibilities and duties property owners owe residents or visitors of the property. Ultimately, a property caretaker can be held responsible for the injuries a visitor sustained in a slip and fall accident if he or she is found to be negligent in causing the accident. Although negligence can come in many different forms in a premises liability case, the most common involve:
- Failing to maintain a safe premises,
- Not clearing snow, ice, or liquids on walkways in a timely manner,
- Not fixing or warning residents of potholes or cracks on walkways,
- Insufficient lighting, and
- Unsafe staircases
Common Injuries Resulting from a Slip and Fall Accident
A common misconception of personal injury involves people believing that only a traumatic car accident or violent assault are cases that will qualify for a claim to recover compensation. According to California law, however, any accident caused by negligence offers the victim the right to pursue financial restitution. Furthermore, although a slip and fall claim may seem insignificant to other types of personal injury accidents, the injuries a victim sustains from a slip and fall can cause very serious injuries.
The following are common injuries that can transpire as a result of a slip and fall accident:
- Broken bones,
- Cuts and abrasions,
- Serious neck or back injury,
- Traumatic brain injury, and
Damages Available Following a Slip and Fall
The medical expenses following a slip and fall accident can be financially straining for any victim. Through a personal injury claim, the victim can recover compensation for the following economic damages:
- Medical costs, which include ambulance ride, hospital stay, medical care, and necessary future surgical procedures;
- Loss of income; and
- Permanent disability
Moreover, personal injury claims also offer non-economic damages, which can provide compensation for the following:
- Loss of quality of life,
- Loss of consortium,
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and
- Pain and suffering
The damages available will vary greatly depending on the specific facts of each case. In order to be eligible to receive damages, the victim will need to demonstrate that he or she indeed suffered those losses.
Contact the Legal Support of a Skilled Premises Liability Attorney
If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of a negligent slip and fall incident, it is critical to seek the legal representation of a qualified personal injury attorney promptly. Damages for the injuries can help you through the recovery process and compensate for the medical treatment you may need.
The skillful personal injury attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP work diligently to fight for the rights of those who have been injured in a slip and fall accident. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, the firm is well equipped to fight for your right to a fair settlement. Contact the firm today for a free case evaluation.