Hundreds of slip and fall accidents occur in Los Angeles each day, resulting in significant physical injuries and leaving victims with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, costs of rehabilitation, and incidental expenses. These types of accidents result in a vast majority of accident-related morbidity and mortality, accounting for nearly 15,000 deaths each year due to fatal injuries incurred in such accidents.
Besides their physical and emotional toll on their victims, their unpredictable nature makes these accidents more dangerous. These accidents can occur anywhere, at any time, and involve anyone, and most commonly result from lapses in safety at residential, public, government, commercial, or workplace properties. If you got injured in such an accident, you might be able to sue the negligent party for compensation of your damages provided that you prove in court their liability for said accident.
Pursuing Legal Action
Pursuing legal action against the negligent party in the form of a personal injury lawsuit is one of the best ways to recover damages resulting from a slip and fall accident. To obtain compensation for such an accident, you must prove that another party was responsible for the unsafe conditions that resulted in your slip and fall injuries. It can either be a private or commercial property owner, the local or municipal government, or managerial staff at a commercial property like a motel. Proving liability means that you must satisfy certain elements of negligence, which include the duty of care, breach of duty, and damages.
Duty of Care
A property owner owes its guests or visitors a duty of care, which means that the property must have adequate safety standards to not cause harm to a patron directly or indirectly. This duty of care is an essential component of proving a property owner’s liability and is determined by a thorough factual analysis of each case.
Breach of Duty
A property owner is said to have breached their duty of care if they directly or indirectly created unsafe conditions that led to the slip and fall accident. Breach of duty also stipulates that the property owner had or should have had knowledge of said conditions and did not take appropriate measures to limit the hazard to public safety.
Finally, to prove the liability of the property owner, you must prove that your slip and fall accident resulted in physical, emotional, or financial damages. You can recover said damages in the form of treatment costs, lost income, rehabilitation costs, incidental expenses, punitive damages, compensation for pain and suffering, and more.
If you or your loved one got involved in a slip and fall accident, an experienced Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer at Salamati Law can help you get the compensation you deserve for your damages. A skilled personal injury attorney will guide you through the complicated process of filing a lawsuit and compiling all pieces of evidence and documents required to bring forth a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.