Premises Liability Incidents
Slip and Fall Accidents Orange County
In California, one of the most common seriously harmful events is a slip or trip and fall caused by a hazardous condition on public or private property. These types of cases are called premises liability or slip and fall cases. Depending on the circumstances, slip and fall accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries. Read more about slip and fall accidents, and contact Orange County attorney Jeff Roberts to schedule a consultation.
Typical Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents
The injuries sustained as a result of slipping and falling can range from minor to severe. The Center for Disease Control reported that over one million Americans annually suffer some type of slip and fall injury. When you slip and fall, some common injuries include:
- Sprained or broken ankle
- Scrapes or bruises
- Bruised tailbone
- Spinal injuries
- Head injuries
- Fractured wrists
Slip and fall injuries are not limited to any one type of injury.
When can the owner of the premises be held liable for my injuries?
In California, mere ownership or occupation of land does not make the person liable for the injuries you sustain when slipping and falling on their property. In most cases, a person who is injured when slipping and falling on someone else’s property must prove several things:
- The property owner is responsible for the unsafe or dangerous condition
- The property owner was aware of the condition of the property but did not try to correct it
- The property owner knew or should have known about the danger or unsafe condition on the premises and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable injuries that may be caused by the condition
Proving liability will depend upon the consideration of several additional factors: the location of the slip and fall accident, whether the owner/occupier of the premises was negligent, and the status of the person who sustained the injury
If you’d like to speak to an Orange County attorney about slip and fall accidents, please contact The Roberts Law Firm today.
Location of the Slip and Fall Accident
The type of property upon which a slip and fall accident occurs is also significant. Slip and fall accidents can occur on three types of property:
- Commercial property
- Residential property
- Governmental property
Negligence of the Owner/Occupier
Proof of negligence on behalf of the owner/occupier of the premises requires a showing that:
- The owner/occupier owed the person a duty of care
- The owner/occupier of the premises breached this duty of care
- This breach was the direct cause of the injury sustained by the person
- The breach was the proximate cause of the injury sustained by the person
- The person suffered actual harm/loss
Status defines the legal rights held by person who is injured due to the negligence of a property owner/occupier. There are three types of status:
- Invitees: a person who comes onto another’s property, premises, or business establishment upon invitation
- Licensees: a person who is on the property of another, despite the fact that the property is not open to the general public, because the owner of the property has allowed the licensee to enter
- Trespassers: a person who enters upon the land of another without permission
Rights to Recover for Injuries
If a property owner has caused a person to suffer injuries on their property, they may be responsible for all of the harms suffered, such as medical bills, lost income, loss of mobility, and pain.
Contact The Roberts Law Firm
Resolving the issues related to slip and fall accidents is a complex and detailed task. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney. With over 10 years experience in successfully litigating personal injury claims involving slip and fall accidents, Orange County attorney Jeff Roberts can help you get the compensation you deserve.