Experienced Slip and Fall Lawyer in Los Angeles
We handle all types of slip-and-fall cases.
A slip-and-fall accident can lead to significant injuries or even death. When a slip-and-fall injury is caused by a hazard on private or public property, the victim and their family may be able to recover compensation for their medical costs, lost earnings, and suffering. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed by a slip-and-fall injury, call Blair & Ramirez LLP for a free consultation. Our attorneys help victims recover compensation for injuries caused by wet floors, electric cords, loose carpet, and other preventable hazards.
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The attorneys at Blair & Ramirez LLP are dedicated to your case. Our team only takes on a select number of cases at a time, allowing us to give you and your injury the attention it deserves. Our attorneys take pride in recovering maximum compensation for our clients.
Blair & Ramirez LLP has experienced slip-and-fall accident attorneys on our team. Our team understands the complex laws governing this section of personal injury cases. Our attorneys do not settle for less. We are willing to go to trial to recover maximum compensation.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, call Blair & Ramirez LLP at (213) 568-4000 for a free consultation.
Everything You Need To Know About Slip-And-Fall Incidents
Slip-and-fall accidents are a major cause of injury and even death here in the United States. These events can occur in a variety of places—shopping malls, office buildings, construction sites, homes, sidewalks—for an even wider variety of reasons. Slip-and-fall incidents are the single-largest cause of injury in industry, and are second only to motor vehicle accidents in the number of workers they kill each and every year.
It is important to remember that, given the right conditions, a slip-and-fall accident can happen to anyone: children, the elderly, or healthy adults. A slip, trip, or fall is often not the victim's fault, and there are situations where the property owner is accountable and liable for personal injury sustained by those on their property lawfully.
What are the common causes of slip-and-fall accidents?
There are a wide variety of slip-and-fall accidents. Some occur when a person walking loses traction and slips, typically falling backwards. This can occur on wet, icy, or freshly waxed floors. In other cases, the victim trips over an unseen hazard, such as loose carpet or uneven tiles. Still others are caused by the presence of physical objects that should not be where they are: electrical cords strewn across a hallway, or a mop bucket left out.
The common thread connecting these accidents is that they all involve some irregularity that causes the victim to trip, slip, and fall. If that irregularity was removed from the scenario, the victim would not have fallen and been injured.
What kind of injuries result from slip-and-fall incidents?
Slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious physical injuries. A victim who slips and falls backward may break their wrists attempting to catch themselves, or hurt their back when they hit the ground. In other circumstances, the victim hits their head, leading to a significant, long-lasting head injury. Broken bones, cuts, and torn ligaments are all potential outcomes of a slip-and-fall event. In the worst cases, a slip-and-fall accident—especially near a hazard such as a swimming pool or sharp objects—can result in the death of the victim.
Not all physical injuries immediately manifest themselves. Due to the adrenaline rush of the fall and feelings of humiliation (more on this below), many victims walk away from the scene only to later realize that the fall has left them in tremendous pain or seriously injured.
Your personal injury may not be your fault.
More so than other types of personal injuries, there is an unfortunate tendency for slip-and-fall victims to blame themselves or accept responsibility for a fall, mostly due to the “embarrassment” of slipping and falling in a public space. Many victims will say things like, “I should have watched where I was going” or “I’m fine” just to escape the public attention of having fallen.
However, it is important for slip-and-fall victims to know and remember that—given the same circumstances—others would likely have fallen in the same way. A hazardous space that leads to a slip-and-fall often has little to do with the victim, and thinking otherwise allows the property owner to get away with negligent behavior.
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What are the financial consequences of a slip-and-fall accident?
Victims of slip-and-fall accidents and their families are saddled with medical bills. Slip-and-fall victims may not be able to work while recovering, which means lost earnings for them and their family. In cases where serious injuries result from a slip-and-fall accident, the victim may face lifelong disability or other long-term injuries that take years to overcome. For the families of those who die from slip-and-fall injuries, they must pay medical bills, end-of-life care costs, and funeral expenses.
As the premier slip and fall attorney in Los Angeles, Blair & Ramirez LLP helps victims recover compensation to cover the myriad of costs associated with their personal injury.
What to do if you are in a slip-and-fall accident.
When a slip-and-fall accident happens in any type of public space—a crowded shopping mall, a workplace, or a party at a house—the victim often feels embarrassed, and wants to get out of that situation as soon as possible. However, it is important for victims to take stock of the situation and ask a bystander to call 9-1-1. Even if your injuries do not seem severe at the time of the fall, you will want medical personnel to evaluate and clear you before you leave the scene.
Determine The Reason For The Fall
In case it is not immediately apparent why you fell, take the time to look around and determine what you slipped or tripped on. This may be something obvious, such as spilled food or a large puddle of water, or something less blatant, such as bunched-up carpet or poorly installed tile.
Document The Fall
As soon as you are able, inform the property manager or their representative that you have fallen. They may note that previous falls have occurred in that area—this may be important to recovering compensation for your injuries. Also talk to any witnessing bystanders if you are in a public place and ask if they are willing to act as a witness to what just occurred. Finally, use your smartphone to take pictures of the condition that caused the fall. A store may quickly mop up standing water that led to your fall, but a photo at the scene can effectively prove that there was standing water with no official warning signage.
Talk To Our Team Before You Talk To Insurance Companies
Keep your interactions with the property manager to a minimum. You can fill out an incident report if they have one, but read it thoroughly to make sure you are not signing away your rights to compensation. Do not verbally say or suggest anything that implies that the fall was your fault. Not only is this not true in the event of a slip-and-fall hazard being present, but it could impact your personal injury case. Call Blair & Ramirez LLP at (213) 568-4000 as soon as possible for a free consultation. We will review your case and provide you with advice on how to proceed.
Determining Liability In A Slip-And-Fall Accident
Understanding The Role Of Insurance Companies
The specific insurance company in question depends on the location that the slip-and-fall accident occurs at. However, regardless of the company or the type of policy, all insurers have a similar goal: through investigation, limit the liability of the property owner and the compensation owed to the slip-and-fall victim.
Since California law outlines specific criteria that need to be met before property owners, managers, or other parties can be held liable for slip-and-fall accidents on their premises, insurance companies seek to find evidence supporting the case that the insured party should not be held liable for the injuries sustained by the victim.
For example, our state’s law denotes that the person in charge of the property can only be found liable if they knew about the hazard or should have known about the hazard. The “should have known” is often open to debate, which is why slip-and-fall incidents are often complex and require experienced legal representation to navigate them.
For these reasons, as a slip-and-fall victim, never speak with an insurance company or property owner about the incident without first talking to our attorneys here at Blair & Ramirez LLP.
Understanding Comparative Negligence Here In California
Many insurers and property owners will try to identify ways in which the victim was the one who was negligent in watching out for hazards. This could include factors such as the victim not watching where they were going, going into a restricted area, or even danger being “obvious.”
These factors are brought up by those parties because of California’s comparative negligence rules, which may allow insurers to reduce victim compensation based on the percentage of the accident that was their fault. This is often the unstated purpose of an investigation into the issue conducted by the insurer: they are looking for reasons why the injured victim may be partially responsible for the accident, so that they can reduce the compensation or settlement by that amount.
California’s status as a “pure comparative negligence” state is just another reason why you need an experienced Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer representing your interests when dealing with insurance companies and property owners.