Former HBO executive Nancy Lesser recently settled a lawsuit against the producers of the 2016 Emmys over a slip and fall accident that kept her out of work for eight months.
Lesser fell on the red carpet as she left the Microsoft Theater and headed to an HBO afterparty that she helped organize. According to a Deadline article, she tripped on dirt cut-outs with trees lining one edge of the red carpet. She fell backward, landing on her right hip and fracturing her pelvis, among other injuries.
Poor lighting also contributed to the accident on the crowded walkway, according to the lawsuit.
The Los Angeles law firm of Custodio & Dubey LLP did not handle Lesser’s case in any way. However, our slip and fall lawyers help injured Californians in similar circumstances every day. If you’ve been hurt in a slip, trip, or fall accident, call or contact us today for a free consultation.
Understanding Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occur when a person falls on another’s property due to a dangerous condition of some kind. Not all falls qualify as slip and fall claims. To be eligible for compensation, you must be able to prove that a hazardous condition existed on the property and that the owner or manager did not take reasonable steps to prevent you from being harmed.
You also must have been on the property lawfully. If you were trespassing, the property owner can argue that you should not be held liable for your injuries.
Imagine you were out buying groceries. Someone in the store broke a jar of pasta sauce. You slipped on the puddle and broke your hip. If you can prove that the store owner did not take reasonable steps to clean up the mess or post signs warning you of the danger, they could be held liable for your injuries in a slip and fall claim.
Who’s at Fault in a Slip and Fall Case?
That’s the job of your lawyer to figure out. Slip and falls can occur anywhere — at homes, on city streets, in stores, on sidewalks, or in residential areas. An attorney can examine the facts of your case to identify every liable party and hold them accountable for their negligence.
Evidence that may help prove fault in a slip and fall case include:
- Medical records
- Photos and videos of the accident scene
- Witness statements
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
Compensation After a Slip and Fall Accident
A successful slip and fall claim can provide compensation for a wide variety of your losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Other accident-related expenses and incidental costs, such as transportation to and from the doctor or to pick up prescriptions
Get Help from Custodio & Dubey LLP Now
If you’re struggling in the aftermath of a slip and fall accident, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Reach out to a Los Angeles slip and fall attorney at Custodio & Dubey LLP today. We’ll help you negotiate for maximum compensation for your injuries so that you can get back to daily life again. To learn more about how we can help, call or contact us today for a free consultation.