Falls are one of the most common injuries that can send you to the ER. The consequences of a fall can be much worse than you think. If you hit your head or crack your hip, your quality of life will go down drastically. Plus you’ll have to pay the doctor’s bills after you get out of the hospital.
If you fell down on someone’s property because they left out a hazard, you could qualify for a slip and fall accident lawsuit. Our West Sacramento personal injury attorneys can help you get compensation through the property owner through a lawsuit or insurance claim. Let us help you triumph in your quest for justice.
Who Pays for a Slip and Fall Accident?
The key question for discovering who is responsible for a slip and fall accident is this: who was responsible for fixing or warning you about the hazard that caused your fall? This is often the property owner, but it could also be a business that rents property. Anyone with a duty of care for your safety while you visit a property could be responsible.
If you slipped on a grape in a grocery store that fell off the produce rack, we would investigate if the grocery store was liable. If you were climbing a stairway and the railing gave way and made you fall, we would look for the property owner and any agreements that may push the responsibility for repairing the railing to someone else, like a property manager.
Once we know who was responsible, then we can proceed with a premises liability insurance claim or a lawsuit. Your lawyer will see if the liable party has any applicable insurance policies that would cover your injuries. If they don’t, or if the insurer won’t pay up, we’ll take them to court.
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Hazards That Cause Slip and Fall Accidents
Part of our investigation is to discover what caused you to fall and whether it could have been prevented or if you were warned about the hazard. Anytime you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, you will want to find a lawyer with experience with the hazards that harmed you. Our West Sacramento slip and fall accident lawyers have won cases with hazards like:
- Failure to warn about a hazard
- Obstacles in the walking path
- Poor lighting
- Broken walking surfaces (floorboards, concrete)
- Stair hazards
- Slippery surfaces
Call Triumph Law and tell us your story. We will tell you if we’ve helped people who’ve fallen for similar reasons and how we would approach your case to get you the most compensation possible. Working with a lawyer is the easiest way to ensure you get a fair settlement after a slip and fall accident.
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How Our Slip and Fall Lawyers in West Sacramento Will Prove Fault
In order to prove that the property owner owes you money after your slip and fall accident, we must prove four elements of negligence. Once we do, the defendant is liable and will owe you compensation. These are:
Duty of Care
A duty of care is a legal obligation to take reasonable care to prevent foreseeable harm. Anyone inviting someone else onto their property creates a duty of care between the owner and the guest. An example of when there isn’t one is if someone trespasses onto a property and gets harmed.
In simple terms, we have to prove you were an allowed guest on the property where you got hurt, and establish who was responsible for keeping the property in good condition.
Breach of Duty
After proving the duty of care, we have to show how it was broken. The hazards we mentioned before are all breaches of duty. A reasonable property owner would keep their property in good condition or post signs to notify people of dangers. A breach happens when these aren’t done.
A breach of duty alone might get the attention of a building inspector or code enforcement, but they’re not grounds for a lawsuit yet. We have to show that the breach was the cause of your injury. For example, if a doctor states that your injuries are consistent with a fall caused by the hazard, we can show causation.
Finally, we have to show how you were financially damaged by the accident, and show how your injury has negatively affected your life. If you fall but you’re uninjured, then there may be no reason to demand compensation. However, you should let our attorneys make the judgment of what you’re owed. You may be owed for more than you think.
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Compensation You Could Win From Your Claim
If we can prove the four elements of negligence, you will win your slip and fall claim. From there, we can negotiate how much your claim is worth with the insurer, or pursue your claim in court if we cannot come to an agreement.
You can get compensated for all monetary losses related to your claim, like medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and projected losses in the future. Our attorneys will work hard to gather the evidence necessary to prove everything you’re owed.
You’ll also be owed non-economic damages. If you’ve suffered pain or emotional injury because of your slip and fall accident, you can get money for how that has affected your quality of life. These damages may be worth much more than you think.
Hire the Slip and Fall Lawyers With the Skills You Need
Triumph Law has over 20 years of experience helping people with premises liability claims throughout California. We know what must be done to win these claims, and we’re ready to work hard for you to get you the results you desire.
Our team works on contingency and offers free consultations. You will owe us nothing unless we take your case and win. Therefore, there is no risk in contacting us to learn your legal options. The worst we can say is that you have no case.
Find out how we can help you win your slip and fall case by calling our West Sacramento slip and fall lawyers. Call us anytime and get the facts about these cases and what you can do to win a fair payment for what happened to you.