Injured in a Slip, Trip, or Fall Accident in Ventura County?
California property owners are expected to maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner to ensure the safety of anyone who visits the premises. When unsafe conditions exist, people can get hurt. If you were a victim of someone else’s unsafe premises, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. The Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village premises liability lawyers at Westlake Injury Law has helped many clients obtain the coverage they need for medical care costs and other damages.Injured on business property? Call Westlake Injury Law today at (805) 338-6880 or contact us online for a free consultation!
What Constitutes Unsafe Premises?
Many slip and fall cases occur in retail stores, supermarkets, apartment complexes and other businesses. While many people mistakenly think property owners are automatically liable for an injury that happens on their property, California law states that business or property owners are only liable for injuries that resulted from their negligence in maintaining their premises. For this reason, it is critical that you seek legal assistance promptly to ensure that all available evidence is preserved to prove any negligent conditions that may have caused your accident.Dangerous property conditions can include:
Slips on debris or other material
Inattentive or poor maintenance
Loose steps or handrails
How to Prove Negligence for Slips and Falls in California
Slips and fall accidents are one of the most common reason for injuries in the nation. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2017, there were over 37,000 deaths as a result from falls, and over 8 million annual injuries. If your slip and fall was due to the negligence of a property owner or one of their employees, that means that you will need to deal with their insurance company directly.You must show the following elements in order to prove negligence in a slip and fall:
Duty of Care- Property owners have a responsibility to avoid causing harm to others
Breach of the Duty of Care- If an owner breached this responsibility of care, this must be proven
Cause- The breach of care was the direct cause of your injuries
Damages- The injuries are proved to be the result of breach of care and must be supported by bills or repair documents
If you think that you may have cause for an injury due to a negligent landowner, contact Westlake Injury Law for experienced representation!
Why Establish Liability?
Slip and fall injuries can be serious and require extensive medical treatment. Injuries resulting from unsafe premises have included brain injuries, bone fractures, bruising, abrasions, and even death.By establishing liability on the part of the business owner, California entitles you to obtain compensation for:
Loss in earning capacity
Pain and suffering
If your relative died from a slip and fall injury, you may be able to seek damages through a wrongful death claim.
Get the Assistance of an Experienced Attorney
The premises liability lawyer at Westlake Injury Law offers free consultations to review slip and fall cases. During your consultation, our team will learn more about your case and give you information about possible ways to proceed. We advise clients on how to obtain evidence such as pictures of the scene, pictures of your injuries, and incident or police reports to help establish liability on the part of the premises owner.