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When you think of severe, life-altering accidents, you likely think of bad car accidents or even medical mistakes. However, an accident that many people brush off as minor that can have a serious impact on your life and health is a slip and fall. Whether your accident occurred at ground level or from a height, injuries caused by slip and fall accidents are often severe and even fatal.

If you have experienced a slip and fall injury and want to pursue a legal claim, our Irvine, CA, slip and fall attorneys are ready to help. We have represented thousands of cases like yours and can put our experience and resources to work for you. Our goal is to help ensure our clients get the maximum amount of compensation possible for their injuries.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

While slip, trip, and fall accidents can occur in many situations, some of the most common causes include:

  • Icy or wet paths and walkways
  • Unlit stairs
  • Uneven or crumbling sidewalks
  • Spilled substances
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Dangerous conditions on flooring or surfaces
  • Wet floors
  • Construction site defects.

In most situations, someone else may be the one who is liable for your injuries. Even if you aren’t sure who is responsible for your accident, our Irvine slip and fall attorneys can help. We can investigate the situation to determine who the liable party is. We can also file a lawsuit to ensure they are held responsible for their negligence or failure to act.

Improve Legal Considerations in Slip and Fall Accident Cases

There are several factors that we have to consider before filing a lawsuit. Some of the most important factors include the following:

  • Whether there were prior complaints about a hazard
  • Determining whether the business or property owner was negligent
  • Determining why the dangerous conditions existed

If you or someone in your family has suffered an injury from a slip and fall, our legal team can help. Our attorneys can answer your questions and help you file a legal claim for compensation for your injuries and losses.

Understanding Premises Liability

Property owners have a responsibility to keep their business or home in a safe condition for guests, customers, and people who may access their premises. If there is a situation where a property owner is found negligent, then a victim of a slip and fall injury may be able to receive compensation for their injuries.

The compensation awarded in these cases can include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more.

Every accident that involves a slip and fall is unique. Because of this, it’s important to discuss your legal options with an experienced perosnal injury attorney who has handled these types of accident cases in the past.

Our legal team has a history of helping injured clients recover the best results possible for their situation. The first step is to reach out to us to set up a free initial consultation.

Do You Have the Right to Sue if You Are Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?

If you want the legal right to sue after a slip and fall accident, it’s necessary to prove liability or that another party was legally responsible for what happened.

To do this in a slip and fall situation, it’s necessary to show that the owner, lessee, or someone in control of the property knew or should have been aware of a hazard or dangerous condition but failed to fix it. In this situation, they would be considered liable if you suffered an injury because of it. The same applies to a situation where they caused the hazard or dangerous situation and did nothing to fix it or warn others about it.

Some common examples of hazardous conditions that can lead to a slip and fall lawsuit include:

  • Broken stairs
  • Spills on the floor
  • No stairway railings
  • Uneven or broken flooring
  • Electrical cords that run across the floor where people walk
  • Construction sites that aren’t properly roped off.

In the state of California, an individual who controls property is considered responsible for ensuring it is safe for anyone who comes onto it.

Is It Difficult to Prove a Slip and Fall Case?

Each slip and fall case is unique, and how easy or hard it is to prove depends on the circumstances.

While those who control property are required by law to ensure it is safe, someone who experiences a slip and fall accident is also expected to use reasonable care and stay aware of their surroundings.

A common defense used by property owners and their insurers is that the injured party did not pay attention, which is why they are fully or partially to blame for the injuries they sustained. Some of the more specific defenses they may try to use include:

  • The individual was distracted at the time of their accident. Distractions include anything from your phone or a child, to having a conversation, or basically doing anything besides paying attention to where you are going.
  • The individual went into an area that was not open to the public.
  • The individual fell on something spilled, and the spill had occurred seconds before they fell, which didn’t give a worker time to clean it up.
  • The individual had on footwear that resulted in the fall, such as flip-flops or high heels.

These defenses have been used and successful in many slip and fall cases. Because of this, it is essential that you retain the services of an attorney. You should also gather evidence, such as contact information for witnesses and surveillance videos (if there are any).

Proving that a slip and fall incident is the property owner’s fault can be challenging. We have handled many cases like this and will provide you the same quality representation we have offered our clients for years.

Determining the Value of Your Slip and Fall Accident Case

In many situations, a slip and fall accident claim is worth more than the accident victim realizes. It can also be extremely challenging to determine the true value of the case if you don’t hire an experienced slip and fall attorney. Some of the components of the settlement you receive based on the law in California include both economic and non-economic damages.

Some of the factors that are tricky to determine include the amount of future medical bills and the future lost earnings if you were unable to return work after your accident. In some situations, you will need expert testimony to determine the actual value of these things.

While pain and suffering and other types of intangible damages are difficult to put a value on, they often add up to more than your actual medical costs. It’s not uncommon to receive settlements of six or even seven figures for slip and fall accidents that result in catastrophic injuries.

How Long Do You Have to Sue After an Irvine Slip and Fall Accident?

In most situations of slip and fall accidents in California, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit; however, if your accident occurred on government property, then you have just six months from when the accident occurred to file your lawsuit.

If the individual who slipped and fell was a minor when the accident occurred (under the age of 18), then the amount of time they have extends to two years after their 18th birthday. This is called the statute of limitations.

However, once the statute of limitations passes, you will not have the legal right to file a slip and fall claim. If you do file one, it will be dismissed.

What Is the Average Settlement Amount for Slip and Fall Accident Cases?

Each slip and fall accident is unique. Because of this, it’s hard to give a general settlement amount that you can expect to receive.

Additionally, California is considered a pure comparative negligence state. This means the damages a victim receives may be reduced by the percentage the court determines them to be at fault for the incident.

Contact Our Irvine Slip and Fall Attorneys for Help with Your Accident Case

If you have been injured in an Irvine slip and fall accident, it’s recommended that you get in touch with our legal team at Neale & Fhima right away. We will review your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your losses. We will fight aggressively for your rights and ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your situation. We are here to help you, and it all starts by calling us to set up a free initial consultation.

Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron Fhima is a trial attorney who has secured numerous settlements and verdicts against large corporations and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Representing consumers and injury victims throughout the state of California, Aaron’s practice areas include personal injury, and lemon law litigation. Aaron has a long record of success taking on large defense firms; and he doesn’t hesitate to take cases to trial when necessary to enforce his clients’ rights. [ Attorney Bio ]

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