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Slip and Fall Accidents in Los Angeles

Many people think of slip and fall accidents as resulting in little more than a few bumps, a few bruises, and a little embarrassment. The truth is that slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries and, in some cases, life-altering injuries. The injured person may require surgery, physical therapy, and ongoing treatment. The victim may be unable to work. A slip and fall injury can even leave a person with lifelong physical pain that prevents the return to normal daily activities.

When you are hurt in a fall on someone else’s property due to a hazardous condition, you can demand compensation for all the ways your injury affects your life. The slip and fall lawyers in Los Angeles of Custodio & Dubey LLP can help. With over 40 years of legal experience, our team has the skills and the resources to take on deep-pocketed property owners and insurance companies. We do all the legal legwork so you can focus your time and energy on your recovery.

Talk to a Los Angeles slip and fall attorney today for free. Contact Custodio & Dubey LLP to learn how we can help you demand the full financial compensation you need to heal.

Do You Have a Slip and Fall Claim?

Not every fall warrants a legal claim against the property or business owner. To succeed with a slip and fall claim, you must show the property or business owner either did not make reasonable efforts to keep the premises free of dangerous conditions or warn you of any known hazards. You then need to show that as a result of that breach, you were injured.

Suppose a store owner learns that the front stairs to his store have become slippery because of a leaking water pipe. He has a duty to fix the leak or warn customers about the hazard. However, he does nothing. As a result, you slip and fall on those stairs and are seriously injured. Under those facts, you would probably have a valid slip and fall claim.

Who May Be to Blame for Your Slip and Fall Accident?

When you are injured on another person’s property, the property owner or manager is usually the one who is liable. Slip and fall cases are also known “premise liability” cases. Liable parties in premises liability claims may include:

  • Third-party vendors
  • Apartment complex owners
  • Homeowners

How a Slip and Fall Lawyer in Los Angeles Can Help

After a slip and fall accident, the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Custodio & Dubey LLP can help you understand your legal rights. You can trust our respected team of slip and fall lawyers to:

  • Thoroughly investigate and review the facts and circumstances of your accident. Our attorneys can collect evidence such as the accident or incident reports prepared after your fall, surveillance video footage, and accident scene photos. We will also interview any witnesses who saw your fall.
  • Provide you with top notch medical providers to treat your injuries.
  • Work with accident reconstruction experts who can help us persuasively explain how your accident occurred and how the negligence of the property or business owner led to your fall.
  • Document your damages, including medical expenses and lost wages, as well as future anticipated losses.
  • Build an effective case for compensation for loss of quality of life or pain and suffering.
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies to try to reach a settlement that provides you with fair and full compensation.
  • Prepare for your case to go to court, if necessary, and vigorously advocate to secure a judgment in your favor.

Our legal team is always available to answer your questions and keep you updated on the status of your case. Our attorneys are also bilingual so we can properly serve the Spanish-speaking members of our community.

We recognize that an accident can put a serious financial strain on you and your family. If you choose us to represent you in your slip and fall case, we do not charge any fees upfront. In fact, you owe us no fees unless and until we recover compensation for you.

Obtaining a Fair Slip and Fall Settlement

You have the right to seek compensation for all the damages you have suffered because of your slip and fall. Your accident may have put you in the hospital and left you with a large stack of medical bills. The good news is that you can be compensated for all the past, present, and future medical expenses associated with your injury.

In addition to medical bills and other financial losses, you can be paid for the pain, trauma, and other types of suffering the accident has caused. Your premises liability lawyer in Los Angeles will do everything possible to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries.

These damages may be available in your slip-and-fall accident case:

  • Past, ongoing, and future medical expenses, including hospital and ER stays, doctor’s appointments, surgeries and other medical procedures, physical therapy, pain medication, mobility or medical equipment, and costs of personal or home care when you are unable to perform your daily tasks;
  • Lost wages, income, or business opportunities from the time you missed at work while recovering from your injuries;
  • Lost earning capacity or potential, if your injuries prevent you from returning to your old job and you suffer a reduction in your normal income as a result;
  • Pain and suffering, or the physical and emotional anguish and distress brought about by your injuries; and
  • Lost enjoyment and quality of life, either from disabilities that prevent you from participating in activities you previously enjoyed, or from disfigurement or scarring from your injuries that cause distress or embarrassment.

Let our slip and fall attorneys in Los Angeles help you to understand the kind of compensation you may be entitled to after being injured in a serious accident.

How Long Do You Have to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?

Under California law, you have a limited period in which to file a lawsuit for your slip and fall accident. Typically, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If you do not immediately discover your injury, you may have one year from the date you discovered your injury to file suit.

The two-year limitations period can be paused under certain circumstances. One example is when a minor child is injured in a slip and fall accident. In the minor’s case, the limitations period would begin to run when the child turns 18.

If you suffer a slip and fall accident on government property, you must provide the government with notice of your claim within six months of your accident. The agency will have 45 days to either accept or reject your claim. If the government rejects your claim or fails to respond within 45 days, you can file a lawsuit. However, you must still file your lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations.

If you fail to file your lawsuit within the proper deadline, the court can permanently dismiss your case. When that happens, you will lose your right to pursue compensation in a lawsuit.

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Common Causes of Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents

Common causes of slip, trip and fall accidents include:

  • Water or ice
  • Oils or lubricants
  • Spilled food or beverages
  • Mud, dirt, or plant debris
  • Uneven flooring surfaces
  • Broken stairs and broken or missing handrails
  • Abrupt transitions between flooring surfaces (such as stepping from carpet to marble flooring)
  • Recently mopped or waxed floors
  • Broken or loose hardwood or tile
  • Loose or torn rugs or carpets
  • Broken pavement and potholes
  • Uneven sidewalks or walkways
  • Obscured holes or wires on a lawn or field
  • Wires or cords across walkways
  • Poor lighting in walkways or staircases
  • Trash or debris on the ground

Common Places Where Slip and Fall Accidents Occur

Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere. Common places where slip and fall accidents happen in LA include:

  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Department stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Malls
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Theaters
  • Hotels
  • Swimming pools
  • Sidewalks and walking paths
  • Parking lots and parking garages
  • Recreational and amusement parks
  • Residential complexes

What to Do If You Have Been Hurt in a Fall

When you fall and are seriously injured, take these steps to protect your legal options for pursuing compensation:

  1. Notify the property or business owner about your fall. You should try to contact the property or business owner where your fall took place to let them know about your accident. Avoid getting emotional or making accusations. Stick to the facts of your accident. If you fall in a commercial establishment, the business owner or manager may complete an accident or incident report. Request a copy of this report before you leave.
  2. Get contact information from the property or business owner. That will let you know who to contact if you later decide to pursue a claim for compensation. Also get contact information for anyone who witnessed your accident.
  3. Take photos of the accident scene. If possible, photograph details of whatever you believe caused you to fall. Photograph the lighting conditions and whether anything obstructed your view. Photograph any warning signs or other safety equipment that were present. Document the weather conditions outside (if applicable). You should also photograph any visible injuries you suffered. Photograph or preserve the clothing and footwear you were wearing at the time of your accident.
  4. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should be examined by your doctor or at the local emergency room. This will ensure you receive timely treatment and that your injuries are properly documented from the start.

Finally, speak with a Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer from Custodio & Dubey LLP. We can go over your legal options and discuss how we can help you seek the fair and full financial compensation you deserve.

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If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with the Los Angeles slip and fall attorneys at Custodio & Dubey LLP. We will discuss your case and answer all your questions. Get started on your road to recovery now.