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Understanding the Basics of a Slip and Fall Injury in California

| Nov 6, 2016 | Firm News

Every year, millions of Americans experience a slip and fall injury at work, in a store, on a sidewalk, or in a parking lot. One in five of those accidents result in serious injury, such as a broken bone, facial fracture, sprain, or traumatic brain injury (TBI). As a result, victims may experience significant losses, including time away from work, medical expenses, and unpaid bills. Do not let this happen to you. Learn how you can fight for the compensation you deserve after a slip and fall injury in California.

Do You Have a Viable Case?

Not every slip and fall injury can be compensated. There must be an element of negligence and a responsible party. Further, you must be able to prove that element of negligence, and that it “more likely than not” resulted in the injury experienced by the victim. A complex and difficult matter, the burden of proof should not be taken lightly. In fact, anyone who believes that negligence may have been a factor in their slip and fall should consult an experienced attorney for an analysis of their case. This can help ensure their rights are protected, and that they receive the quality representation they deserve.

California’s Statute of Limitations

Probably the most crucial thing for slip and fall victims to understand is that they only have a limited amount of time to pursue compensation for their injury. In California, that statute is two years. For injuries, the time line for that starts on the date that the injury occurred (generally the date of the fall). If the fall results in a wrongful death, then the time clock starts on the date of the victim’s death.

If a slip and fall results in death or injury, victims should pursue a claim as soon as humanly possible. This can not only protect their right to pursue compensation and the possibility of recovery, it can also help to reduce the amount of time it takes to receive the settlement. As a result, the risk of financial troubles during the waiting period may be reduced.

Contact Our Experienced San Diego Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love has experienced an injury or wrongful death from a slip and fall, contact Martinez & Schill, LLP. Our seasoned San Diego personal injury lawyers can protect your rights, and we will fight for the most favorable outcome possible for your situation. Learn more about how we can help with your case by calling 619-512-5995 to schedule your personalized consultation today.