Slip and fall/trip and fall accidents are a common cause of injury in California, as in other states. According to the National Safety Council, there are more than 8.9 million slip and fall/trip and fall injuries each year in the U.S., with the average cost of an injury estimated at $20,000.
In California, property owners and managers must take reasonable steps to keep their premises safe for visitors and guests. This includes taking action to reduce the risk of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident due to unsafe conditions, such as broken stairs or sidewalks, wet or slippery floors, or inadequate lighting.
When a slip and fall or trip and fall accident happens, the injured person may be able to recover damages from the negligent property owner or manager. The injured person must prove that the property owner or manager had a duty to make the premises safe, that the property owner or manager breached that duty, and that the breach of the duty caused the injury.
In California, when an injured person pursues a claim against a property owner or manager that involves issues of negligence and premises liability, the injured person must demonstrate that the property owner or manager had actual or constructive knowledge of the hazardous condition. The injured person must also prove that the property owner or manager had a reasonable amount of time to remedy the hazardous condition.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident in California, a personal injury lawyer can help you determine the best course of action. An experienced lawyer can evaluate the facts of your case, explain your legal rights and remedies, and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call United Law now for a FREE consultation.