Even in sunny Southern California, there are literally dozens of scenarios where you could become the victim of a slip and fall accident. In most cases, slip and fall accidents will fall under the broader umbrella of premises liability law when it can be shown that the accident took place as the result of someone falling short of their obligation to maintain a reasonable amount of safety.
A slip and fall injury that happens because someone did not fulfill this obligation can happen any number of ways.
For example; you might slip on wet pavement, within an office building, at a mall, or in any other public gathering place. The owner could be held liable if you were invited onto that property as a guest, a tenant, or for any other reason.
You could also be the victim of a slip and fall accident if you fall down a flight of stairs due to poor maintenance, low lighting that obscured a hazard, or worn stair materials that created a slip and fall possibility.
The Property Owner Has a Responsibility
Property owners must take reasonable steps to maintain their properties and keep them safe from slip and fall hazards. If they don’t, they could be held liable for damages such as payment of medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
A skilled slip and fall accidents attorney in Newport Beach can make the case for negligence on the part of the owner in any number of ways. However, the key in slip and fall cases is proving that the property owner knew the substandard condition existed and that they had ample opportunity to correct it. A property owner may not be held liable if they had no knowledge that a hazard existed.
Roberts Law Firm serves clients in the California cities of Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, Anaheim, and Riverside as well as serving clients throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.