A California slip and fall can cause serious injuries that may affect the victim for the rest of his or her life. While many people discount slip and fall accidents as “fake”, for victims, they are actually quite real and these accidents fall under an area of law known as premises liability. A victim of a slip and fall can recover financial compensation for injuries.
What must be proven so that the victim can be fairly compensated?
Proving a California Slip and Fall Case
A slip and fall claim may be filed by the victim with an insurance company or it can be litigated in court. Wither way, you will want the skill and experience of a knowledgeable accident lawyer on your side. Although premises liability lawsuits are often settled before court, there are still certain factors that must be proven. For a successful slip and fall claim, the plaintiff must be able to show:
- That the property owner knew or should have known of the issue that caused the injury. For example, it could be that a homeowner knew or should have known that the railing on their front porch was broken. A store manager knew or should have known about a leaky freezer that makes a puddle on the floor.
- That the property owner didn’t take reasonable action to protect others from harm. Perhaps the homeowner didn’t fix the railing or put up some sort of warning. The store manager didn’t put up warning signs or cordon off the area to minimize the chance of someone getting hurt.
- But for the negligence of the property owner, the plaintiff wouldn’t have been hurt. In short, if the property owner or the store manager would have taken the appropriate measures to fix the danger or to warn others of it, the plaintiff wouldn’t have gotten hurt.
If the plaintiff can show the above, and that he suffered damages resulting from the accident, he may be able to receive compensation for his injuries.
Slip and Fall Lawyers Help Victims Get Fair Treatment
Insurance companies, property owners, and retail establishments may want to minimize what happened to victims. Slip and fall lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help victims protect their legal rights and get fair treatment! For a free, no obligation consultation about your slip and fall accident, contact the experienced accident attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.