Under California premises liability law, property owners have a responsibility to make a reasonable effort to protect their guests, employees, tenants, and others from harm while on their property. One of the most basic duties under this legal concept is to protect others from hazards. If you have been injured in a slip and fall on another party’s property or while working on a construction site, then you may have grounds to file a slip and fall lawsuit.
Common causes of slips and trips include, but are not limited to:
- Wet floors
- Uneven pavement
- Slippery steps
- Loose, low, or no railings
- Torn carpeting
- Broken tiles
- Dangerous debris
Eliot Reiner, APLC's personal injury attorneys have been representing the rights of slip and fall victims in Sacramento and Northern California for more than two decades, having secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements over the years. Backed by a 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating, a prestigious inclusion in Super Lawyers®, and numerous positive testimonials from past clients and peers, our firm can provide the passionate and steadfast advocacy you need to maximize your financial recovery.
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Determining Liability in California Slip and Fall Claims
Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. As such, property owners cannot be held liable for every single injury that should occur on their premises – only those which occur as a result of their negligence or failure to exercise proper care. For instance, a property owner cannot be held liable for a slip caused by something an ordinary person should expect to see or avoid, such as ice in a freezer. On the other hand, failing to warn others of known trip hazards or failing to perform routine maintenance can cause property owners to be held civilly liable for any damages an injured party should sustain in the event of an accident.
Generally speaking, the following elements must be present for a property owner to be liable:
- The owner or employee of the premises must have caused the hazard
- The owner or employee knew of the dangerous surface but failed to take action
- The owner or employee should have known of the dangerous condition because a “reasonable” inspection would have caused it to be discovered
If it can be proven that your injuries were indeed caused by another party’s negligence, you may have grounds to pursue compensation for a wide range of damages, including medical bills, lost present and future income, reduced earning potential, and pain and suffering. It is important you act quickly, however, as California has a two-year statute of limitations on slip and fall claims. If this deadline passes and you have not yet filed a claim, you may be unable to pursue legal action.
Retain the Hands-On Representation You Need
At Eliot Reiner, APLC, our Sacramento premises liability lawyers understand the anguish you must be experiencing and are prepared to make every effort to ensure your rights are guarded during this frustrating time. From investigating the cause of your accident to negotiating with the responsible parties and their insurance companies on your behalf, we can handle the legal heavy lifting while you focus on your recovery. With responsive communication and an unshakable dedication to preserving your well-being, we have what it takes to help you get back on your feet.
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