People who own property are required to keep their properties safe for guests. They are legally obligated to remove harmful obstacles and warn about unsafe conditions. When properties aren’t maintained, the chances of guests slipping and falling grow.
If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property and hurt yourself, you can pursue an insurance claim or lawsuit against the owner through a premises liability claim. To do so, speak with our Roseville personal injury attorneys. Your claim could put money in your pocket you need to pay for your care.
What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common cases of an area of law called premises liability. Victims of slip and fall accidents lose their footing on a hazard that the owner or manager or a property should have repaired or warned them about.
We’ve obtained triumphant results for victims of slip and fall cases in situations caused by things like:
- Wet floors
- Loose floorboards
- Uneven stairs
- Broken handrails
- Poor lighting
- Obstacles in the way
- A lack of warning about safety hazards
Even if you can tell there’s a hazard and you get hurt, you may still be owed compensation because the owner didn’t warn you about it first. A Roseville slip and fall accident lawyer from our firm can tell you if you have a case and who is accountable. If you do, we will demand that they pay you full compensation.
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How Will You Prove Fault In My Case
In order to prove the property owner is responsible for your injury, our lawyers must prove the following four elements of negligence.
Duty of Care
Property owners have a legal obligation to take reasonable action to prevent others from foreseeable harm. This is called a duty of care. Patrons of a business and visitors to a home are owed one by law. Duty of care also applies in many other situations, like other drivers owing one to anyone else on the road.
Breach of Duty
After a duty of care is discovered, our next task is to prove it was breached. Photographs of the hazard and testimony from witnesses or your doctor could reveal the hazard that harmed you. We need evidence to show the breach.
Merely observing a breach of duty isn’t enough to make a slip and fall claim. It must also cause your fall accident. If you do not fall because of the hazard, there is no case.
Finally, we have to show how you were financially harmed by the accident, or prove non-economic damages. Your medical bills and other expenses related to the accident will show this.
There are many ways our slip and fall accident lawyers in Roseville can get the evidence needed to prove these four things. Video footage, photos, testimony, medical records, and more can become part of your case.
If you had the foresight to take a photo of the hazard at the scene, bring it with you to your consultation. Take photos of your injuries and bring any witness contact information. That will make our job simpler and could get you compensation faster.
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Possible Compensation After a Slip and Fall Claim
Should you win your insurance claim or lawsuit, you will receive compensation for your slip and fall accident. Your compensation package will include both economic and non-economic damages. In some cases, you may also receive punitive damages.
The monetary costs you’ve suffered because of your accident are economic damages. Medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning potential, property damage, and other out-of-pocket costs can become part of your compensation. Future expenses may also be included.
You also get compensation for non-economic damages like your physical pain and emotional anguish after an accident. The value of these damages can be quite high. Getting the most from these requires the help of a skilled slip and fall accident lawyer like our team in Roseville.
Punitive damages are much rarer, but if your injuries are severe and the actions of the defendant grossly negligent, then you may receive these from the court. Punitive damages are extra money awarded to you to punish the defendant.
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Speak With a Lawyer as Soon as Possible
When you need a personal injury lawyer, you need to speak with them as soon as possible for several reasons. First, if you wait a long time to make a claim, the insurers will have reason to believe your claim is valid.
There is also the statute of limitations. In California, you have two years from the date of an injury to sue the property owner. If you wait too long to file, your attorney may not be able to help you, or have too little time to build a strong case before they must sue.
Finally, evidence in premises liability cases can disappear fast. Once someone is hurt, a property owner may take swift action to hide the problem. If we cannot document what happened then it will be much harder to win, so reach out to us right now to schedule your free consultation.
Hire Triumph Law for Your Slip and Fall Case
Our team at Triumph Law has over 20 years of experience in slip and fall cases for clients in Roseville and throughout California. We’re eager to hear your story and help you bring your case to a satisfying conclusion.
Our team gives free initial consultations and does contingency fee representation, so you will owe us nothing unless you win your claim. We also travel for consultation if you cannot leave where you are because of your injury. We can even connect you with third-party lenders to cover your costs until your case concludes.
Whether you were hurt at a store, at home, or even in a public outdoor location, Triumph Law can help you. Call us now for free to get a free consultation about your legal options.