San Bernardino Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Injured in a Slip & Fall Accident?
There are many serious injuries that can take place in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. When a slip and fall accident occurs on property owned by another, it is very possible that the owner or manager could be held liable and be forced to pay damages. While some of these accidents may only produce minor injuries, there are thousands of cases in which a slip and fall has led to catastrophic injuries and even death.
If you have been injured on another's property due to some hazard, you should contact a slip and fall accident attorney in San Bernardino for more information about how to proceed. At Vetchtein Law, our legal team has extensive experience successfully obtaining compensation for our injured clients. We are available 24/7, so contact us any time to request your free case evaluation and learn more.
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Slip and fall accident claims fall under the legal umbrella of “premises liability.” Such claims hold property owners and managers accountable for injuries that occur in a space they own or run. An apartment owner or the manager of a retail space, for example, must ensure that the property is not dangerous for renters, customers, or other parties who visit the property. To do so they must either clean or repair the hazard promptly or put up a sign or blockade of some kind warning visitors to keep out. When a failure to protect the safety of others leads to conditions in which another person is injured, the owner can be held accountable in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
There are many hazards that can lead to a slip, trip, and/or fall accident. A property owner must not only see that the property itself is safe, but also that the surrounding areas—such as sidewalks and parking lots—are too.
Conditions that often lead to slip and fall accidents in California include:
- Uneven flooring, pavement, and other walking surfaces
- Loose flooring, rugs, or mats
- Recently waxed or polished floors
- Spills that haven’t been cleaned up
- Potholes in commercial parking lots
- Debris or trash on the floor
- Cords running across a walkway
- Poor lighting that makes it difficult for a person to see where they’re going
- Broken or damaged handrails
- Lack of handrails
- Defective sidewalks
- Snow and ice on the pavement (in high elevation areas)
- Transitions from one type of walking surface to another
Property owners may have failed to maintain or tend to the upkeep of their property. Broken walkways and stairs, holes in flooring, slippery surfaces due to liquids, inadequate lighting, equipment, trash, and other hazards are examples of how a simple stroll can result in someone falling and getting hurt.
Slip and fall accidents can:
- Break bones
- Cause deep lacerations
- Lead to brain and spinal injuries ranging from mild to severe
- Cause internal bleeding
- And contribute to many other serious injuries
Some slip and fall accident injuries will require extensive medical treatment, with long term hospitalization. Sadly, some of these accidents lead to permanent injuries. Any person suffering serious injuries in a slip and fall will potentially lose time from work and may even be unable to work for a long period of time, if ever again. Lost wages, both now and estimated for the future will be calculated as part of the claim filed against the negligent property owner or manager. The attorneys at Vetchtein Law are experienced and skilled in filing injury claims and are ready to assist you to pursue the maximum compensation, as you deserve.