In the state of California, the person (or business) who owns or occupies a building has a responsibility when it comes to the wellbeing of those who visit the property for work, recreation, or other reasons. However, that does not mean the owner is automatically responsible for everything that happens on the property.
Slip and fall accidents occur every year at commercial and residential locations. In fact, apartments and condo complexes are among the facilities most sued for personal injury due to slip and fall accidents. However, it is important to note that private homes also fall into the category of premises liability.
Of course, many injuries occur due to slip and fall injuries at commercial properties when it comes to both employees and visitors. Let’s take a look at 3 of the biggest slip and fall settlements in California.
- A man fell at work when an improperly used cleaning machine left wet streaks on the floor. Extensive injuries led to a settlement of $190,000.
- A person shopping in a shoe store sustained injuries due to the location of a sale sign that caused a fall. The $350,000 settlement covered the $115,000 in medical bills, plus other damages.
- A shopper at a large wholesale store slipped on a liquid soap spill and her kneecap was broken. She was awarded more than $400,000 in court when it was revealed that the employees of the store new about the spill and were negligent in cleaning it up.
Getting Help After a Slip and Fall Accident
As these cases show, most slip and fall accidents are settled out of court. But whether being offered a settlement or going to trial, you want a good personal injury attorney in your corner who can help you to receive compensation for all of your medical bills as well as for pain and suffering. Petrov Law Firm has an experienced legal team to help you receive the damages you are owed. Don’t try to go it alone. Call 619-344-0360 and maximize your compensation.Read More
Every day, 25,000 people slip and fall in the United States. Many of those accidents take place at work and may result in serious injury. Here are some of the biggest workplace slip hazards and how to avoid them.
The Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Here are a few things that California businesses will want to watch out for, and things that employees should report immediately in order to keep the workplace safe.
- Slippery surfaces
- Wet surfaces due to cleaning
- Wet surfaces due to leaks
- Wet surfaces due to foot traffic on a rainy day
- Poorly lit areas
- Uneven surfaces
- Poorly marked transitions (i.e. a sudden step down)
Use of wet floor signs, quick cleanup of dangerous situations, proper lighting, and well-marked areas where a person should watch his or her step can do much to reduce the number of slip and fall accidents.
If You Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
The first thing to do after an injury is sustained at the workplace is to fill out an accurate injury report. One should also communicate with and get contact information from any eyewitnesses. Since it is very rare for a slip and fall to happen without something that caused it, an important step is to document the problem by taking pictures before anything can be changed.
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm are experts when it comes to helping slip and fall injury victims to receive the appropriate compensation. Call 619-344-0360 to learn more.Read More
If you have suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident at a commercial or residential property, you may be contacted by an insurance company with a settlement to keep things from going to court. If you are offered what you consider to be a reasonable amount of money, should you cut out the middle man and sign your right to a suit away without consulting a lawyer? Here’s how trying to save a few dollars may cost you a lot in the end.
Why Insurance Companies Offer Settlements
The idea of the settlement is to make things go away quietly and without the introduction of an experienced lawyer. These settlements are usually on the low end of the compensation due. It is just enough money to be enticing to the injured person. However, it is always a good idea to have legal counsel review any documents before you sign them.
Once you sign and accept a settlement, you can’t seek more damages later. If it turns out your injuries were worse than you thought or you end up losing your work over the injury, you won’t be able to go back and renegotiate a better deal. You may even find out that people in similar situations have received many times more than what you settled for.
Speak to One of Our Slip and Fall Attorneys First
Contact Petrov Law Firm at 619-344-0360 before you sign any papers. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you to get the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. This will allow you to care for expensive medical bills, and to not be hurt by time missed from work and even lost future work.
Slip and fall injuries number into the millions annually, and that is just in the United States alone. There is no other accidental form of injury that occurs more frequently. What are the most common ways that this type of accident occurs? Knowing these 7 common causes may help you to protect yourself from injury or help you avoid creating the circumstances that can hurt someone else.
Slippery Surfaces – This can include icy winter surfaces or slippery, wet surfaces due to rain, mopping, etc. Tile entryways need a non-slip mat to reduce the risk of injury.
Uneven Pavement or Sidewalks – Businesses and homeowners need to care properly for parking lots, driveways, and walkways.
Nursing Home Neglect – Fall risk increases as one ages. Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not provide sufficient assistance for residents in this regard.
Work Place Dangers – Employee training can a long way toward avoiding injuries when workers need to navigate slippery surfaces.
Obstacles in Hallways/Aisles – Crowded grocery stores or departments stores need to make sure there is sufficient walking room for customers.
Poor Lighting – Slippery surfaces or obstacles become even more dangerous when there is a lack of proper lighting to illuminate the problem.
Clutter – Whether in the home or workplace, piling clutter can quickly become a danger.
Compensation for a Slip and Fall Injury
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident as a result of the dangers noted above, or another reason, the Petrov Law Firm’s personal injury attorneys can help you to get the compensation that you deserve. Call 619-344-0360 today to schedule a free consultation.Read More
If a slip and fall injury occurs on a rental property, there are many factors to consider when determining whether a person is owed damages and who the damages are owed by. For example:
• Who owns the property?
• Did the slip and fall occur in a public area that should be kept up by the landlord or in a private area cared for by the renter?
• Was any negligence on the part of the owner or renter a factor in the slip and fall?
• Was physical harm caused by the fall?
• Was it the renter who was injured?
Who Is the Responsible Party?
When determining if the landlord was at fault for the injury, other considerations may include whether or not the landlord was made aware of the problem. This places the burden on a renter to let the landlord know about any potential dangers at the rental property. Also, sometimes a landlord may attempt to have a problem fixed and may even have believed the repairs were sufficient to remove any danger. There may be carelessness on the part of the injured person that contributed to the injury.
Get What You Deserve
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on a rental property, The Petrov Law Firm can help you to determine if any liability exists, which party bears the responsibility, and what compensation may be due. Contact us today at 619-344-0360 to set up a consultation. The professional lawyers at our Carlsbad office are eager to help you get what you deserve.
Slipping and falling doesn’t have to mean you were somewhere high up. And you don’t have to be on stairs or a ladder to sustain a serious injury. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor and the CDC, 2/3 of falls that cause an injury do not involve falling to a lower level but are considered same-level falls. More than one million people in the US are injured in falls each year, so you are not alone and should not feel embarrassed.
The CDC also reports that 20% of falls cause major injuries like a TBI (traumatic brain injury) or a broken bone. This makes falling the number on cause of TBIs in the US. Medical costs of falls reach $34 billion per year in the USA. But lost money is not the only effect of a fall.
Long-Lasting Effects of Falls
While a concussion or whiplash-type trauma is certainly a serious injury on its own, the aftereffects can be long lasting leading to things such as post-concussion syndrome or spinal arthritis. Plus, an injury from a fall can have lasting mental and emotional effects resulting from the fear of future falls. One may fear to go into the type of building where the injury occurred, or may experience years of future anxiety and PTSD.
If your personal injury has occurred on someone else’s property (commercial or residential), you need to know what your rights are in regard to compensation. The responsibility lies with the property owner to make the area safe for others. If you are entitled to compensation to help you deal with medical costs, missed work, and other lasting effects of the slip and fall, we can help. Don’t forget that the consult is free, so you have nothing to lose from bringing your case to Petrov Law Firm.Read More
Thousands of people are injured each year in slip and fall accidents. Slips, trips, and falls can occur on floors, stairs, or any surface that has become slippery or uneven and dangerous. Injuries from these falls can sometimes be very serious and require prolonged medical treatment. If you are a victim of such a circumstance, you will likely want to seek compensation from the property owner for damages but sometimes it can be difficult to prove fault.
The first question to answer before pursuing a lawsuit is “Could the property owner have prevented the accident?” Property owners have a duty to ensure their property does not pose a slip and fall threat to any person on their property. Even if a leak creates a slippery environment that you slip and fall on, the property owner may not be held responsible for your injuries if there was a drain in the floor designed to limit slippery conditions. Given this expectation for the property to be safe for anyone accessing it, there is also an expectation that those on the property exercise reasonable care to keep themselves safe from injury.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property and it was a result of a dangerous condition, you will need to prove one of the following in order to win your case:
-the property owner (or his employee) should have known about the dangerous condition because another reasonable person in this position would have recognized the danger and fixed it
-the property owner (or his employee) did know about this dangerous condition and did not fix it
-the property owner (or his employee) caused the dangerous condition
If you, in some way, contributed to your own accident (such as being distracted by your cell phone and missing a warning sign), your award for injuries or other damages might be reduced by the amount that you were comparatively at fault. This is a percentage that is determined by the judge or jury.
A personal injury attorney will help you with legal advice so you can focus on healing from your injuries. Because of statutes of limitations that limit the time a person can have to file an injury lawsuit, you must act quickly if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident.Read More
If a friend has been injured in your home, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. While it’s not (entirely) likely that your friend will end up suing you, you still may need some legal advice as to how to navigate the difficult situation.
To start, get your homeowner’s insurance policy number. Your lawyer will need to review the coverages with the insurance company to see exactly what losses are covered through the insurance policy.
Next, don’t mention that you have a lawyer — to anyone. Securing the advice of a lawyer is generally a responsible way to make the most out of your insurance policy. However, anyone who hears that you have hired a lawyer will immediately assume you are planning a strong defense against the friend who got injured in your home. Word about a legal battle between friends (real or not) will travel fast and will easily complicate the personal relationship you have with your friend.
Ask your lawyer about the kind of help you can offer to your friend — especially any help that is covered through the insurance policy. Go slow and make sure you don’t overpromise. A slip and fall accident can lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills. It’s very likely that your insurance policy will cover the losses, but you want to avoid going back on your word.
During the entire process, make sure you document everything. It’s unlikely that you will end up facing a judge about the accident. However, if you do, any judge will be willing to consider your notes in any final judgments.Read More
Making the decision to pursue a personal injury case can feel stressful. Is it the right thing to do? How much will it cost? What happens if I lose? Luckily, one conversation with a personal injury attorney will answer all of those questions.
The lawyer will set some basic expectations. For example, the lawyer doesn’t get any money unless you get money. In short, the lawyer takes a percentage. And so, the lawyer isn’t likely to take on a case that is a losing battle. Finally, personal injury cases are generally not about right and wrong; they are about injury and losses. If you lost money because of the injury (like lost wages) then you should be paid back.
If you slipped and fell at a grocery store, you aren’t really suing the grocery store; you are submitting an insurance claim through your attorney. The grocery store (or airport or cafe…) has an insurance policy to protect them from paying out on an accident. The insurance company pays for your injuries — not the business owner. So there is no need to feel guilty if you need to submit for reimbursement because of your losses.
Slip and fall cases take time — sometimes over a year. During that year, you will have to visit the lawyer a few times to answer some questions about the fall. Your lawyer can help you find a doctor to treat your injuries and you won’t have to pay for the treatments. Don’t go it alone if you’ve had a fall; ask a lawyer for help.Read More
Generally anyone that does not live in your house is covered under your home insurance policy for any injuries while visiting. You will have to file an insurance claim in order for the policy to pay for the subsequent medical expenses and lost wages. And while the insurance policy is designed to protect you, hiring a lawyer to review the case might ultimately save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.
The injured party might decide to hire his or her own lawyer. Unscrupulous lawyers can seek additional damages therefore driving up the total cost of the claim. With medical costs rising every year, your home insurance policy could reach its payout limit and you would be left responsible for paying anything over the limit.
By simply having a lawyer who knows the ins-and-outs of personal injury cases and understands the complexities of insurance policies, you are protecting yourself from unnecessary costs and unnecessary legal claims.
A simple fall could mean a broken hand. That means an emergency room visit, x-rays, and doctors’ appointments. It can also mean lost wages and rehabilitation. Prevent these costs from going too high by hiring a lawyer to review the case and establish some boundaries for what you and your insurance company will have to pay.Read More