Slip and Fall/Premises Liability
Monterey Slip and Fall Attorney
If you are injured as a result of a fall on someone else’s property, then you should consult an experienced attorney to determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit. Fall injuries affect the lives of millions of Americans. According to the National Safety Council, falls are a leading cause of injuries in the United States accounting for nearly nine million visits to hospital emergency rooms in 2011 alone.
Falls often results in severe injuries especially in elderly individuals who are more prone to falling and less likely to have a full recovery. Fall injuries can result in fractures, head trauma and even death. Statistics show that falls result in over 25,000 deaths per year.
Most falls are preventable. If you are injured on the property or premises of another it may be due to the negligence of the owner. The owner may have created an unsafe condition or failed to maintain the property so it was free from trip hazards. Common reasons for falls include:
- Liquid, food or other debris
- Slick or wet surfaces
- Fall hazards such as an uncovered phone line or electrical cord
- Rugs or mats that are not properly affixed to the ground
- Failure to install required handrails on stairs other elevated areas
- Failure to construct stairs, steps or ramps to building code specifications
- Inadequate lighting
- Uneven surfaces
- Dangerous doorway transitions
Property owners have a responsibility to safely maintain their property for the people visiting it. To establish a case for an injury sustained on another person’s property you must show the following:
- There was a dangerous condition on the property
- The owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition
- The owner had a reasonable amount of time to discover the dangerous condition and fix it
- The dangerous condition caused the injury
You may have a premises liability case even if you were not a victim of a trip and fall accident. Premises liability cases may include falling objects, electrocution, crush injuries, uncovered trenches, among others.
An experienced attorney can help you evaluate and develop your case. For example, an experienced attorney will know how to gather evidence showing what steps the property owner took to inspect or examine the property for dangerous conditions. The attorneys at the Piccuta Law Group, LLP have experience with slip and fall and premises liability lawsuits. If you were injured on the property of another, contact one of the attorneys at the Piccuta Law Group, LLP to discuss your case.