San Diego Slip & Fall Attorneys
Slip and Fall Lawyers Serving Southern California – San Diego, Riverside and Orange County
Hazardous conditions can occur anywhere in both private and public locations. If you slip on someone else’s property and suffer an injury, you may have a case for compensation. Slip and fall accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability. At Martinez & Schill LLP, our slip & fall attorneys handle cases throughout Southern California and we’re skilled in successfully handling complex premises liability cases. We have developed a proven method on gathering the necessary evidence to prove our case and effectively negotiate with insurance companies for fair and maximum compensation.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in California
In some areas of the country, slip and fall accidents are most common when there is snow or ice on the ground. Luckily, we do not have that problem in Southern California. We do, however, have many of the other hazards that can cause a slip and fall accident such as:
- Slippery floors due to spills or leaks;
- Uneven flooring or walkways that are not properly marked;
- Trip and fall on dangerous City sidewalks;
- Paths or stairwells without proper illumination;
- Stairways without handrails or broken handrails; or
- Cluttered aisles in stores;
- Rare, slip and falls from height – including bridges or balconies.
Slip and fall accidents commonly happen in many different places including grocery stores, hospitals, schools, retail stores, apartment complexes, airports, and government buildings. Property owners have the responsibility to keep their property in safe condition and to properly post warnings when hazards occur. In some cases, a property owner will plead ignorance to an unsafe condition, but lack of awareness of a problem is not an adequate defense, as victims only need to prove that the owner should have known about the hazard. Additionally, often times the property owner is the creator of the dangerous condition, which gives rise to their responsibility.
Often times, insurance companies or defense attorneys will argue the person who fell is at fault because they “should have seen the defect in the sidewalk” or “should have seen the spill on the ground” and will deny liability on this basis. It is important to seek legal counsel in these circumstances because the fact an injured person could have seen a spill does not defeat the claim or right to recover.
Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents in San Diego
The injuries individuals can suffer from a slip & fall range from minor bruises to serious injuries to the head, neck, and back. Broken bones and hip injuries are also possible, particularly when victims are elderly. We have seen many trip and fall clients sustain worse injuries than those sustained in a severe car accident and injuries that often times take years to recover from. In our experience, many ankle and foot injuries take years to recover from and in rare cases result in CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). Thus, it is important these cases are taken seriously. We understand how an injury can be a significant impact on a person’s life and how important it is to obtain full compensation for your injuries. Our San Diego slip and fall attorneys aggressively represent our clients in and out of the courtroom.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact us right away to schedule a free consultation. We will listen to your account of your accident, answer your questions and provide you with an honest assessment of the validity of your case. From our San Diego and Riverside offices, we assist clients throughout Southern California. Call 619-512-5995 or 951-200-4630 to speak to an attorney today.