Suing a Business in a Slip and Fall
If you or a loved one were injured in an incident on someone else's property that was not your fault, such a slip and fall accident, you are probably interested in determining how much money your injuries and property damage are worth. For more information on the types of recoverable damages in a personal injury claim, click here.
Filing an injury claim against a business
Filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit directly against a business or entity is generally more complex than filing one against an individual. Businesses have skilled lawyers on their side representing their interests, and you should too. To protect your legal and financial rights, you will want to hire an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney who has successfully filed lawsuits against businesses and recovered compensation for his client.
Premises liability cases
Businesses open to the public (grocery stores, hotels, apartment complexes, etc...) owe a duty to their patrons to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition at all times. In addition to keeping the premises safe, company owners, managers, and employees are responsible for taking measures to warn the public of known defects or dangers on the premises. This means they need to inspect the premises on a regular basis for hidden or not obvious defects or dangers.
Take a grocery store, for example. Another customer may leave a freezer door open, allowing ice to melt and puddle on the floor. This wet spot would be slippery and pose a slip and fall risk to another customer if it was not cleaned up within a reasonable amount of time. Therefore, a manager should take prompt action to clean up the spill or to place a warning cone / sign around the spill. When the business fails to do so, it opens itself to liability.
Steps to Take Following a Personal Injury on Business Premises
In order to protect your legal rights, a slip and fall victim needs to take certain steps immediately following the accident. First, report your injury to a manager on duty. The manager will likely fill out an incident report, which you can request a copy of to ensure its accuracy.If possible, take photos of the scene where the incident occurred and get the contact information of any witnesses. Finally, seek prompt medical attention.
Premises liability cases can be challenging without the assistance of a personal injury attorney with a track record of success. For a free, no obligation consultation about your potential case, contact the proven Los Angeles injury attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.