Slip and Fall Lawyer Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Slip and fall claims are mainstays in Riverside and San Bernardino civil courtrooms. Every year, slips, trips, and falls result in more than one million emergency room visits throughout the country. Most slip and falls are preventable, and stem from an unsafe property or environmental defect. It is the duty of the property owner to eliminate slip and fall hazards from the premises through inspections, prompt repairs, and/or fall warning signs. After a harmful slip and fall, find out if the property owner or another party is liable for your damages with help from DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC.
California Slip and Fall Laws
Slip and fall cases fall under the legal concept of premises liability. Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility of a property owner when an unsafe or defective condition causes injury or death. In these cases, it is the injured victim’s burden of proof to show that a defective condition existed, the property owner knew or reasonably should have known about the defect yet did nothing to repair it, the defect caused the slip and fall, and the victim suffered damage such as a broken bone, spine injury, or brain injury as a result. Unsafe conditions or defects that commonly cause slip and falls include:
- Slippery or oily floors
- Freshly waxed floors
- Lack of slippery floor warning signs
- Spills or debris on the floor
- Snow, rain, or ice
- Inadequate property maintenance
- Water leaks or flooding
- Faulty staircases/stairways
- Dim lighting
To determine whether a property owner breached his or her duties to the plaintiff, the courts will look at a few different factors. First, if a “reasonable and prudent” property owner would have known about and repaired the defect in the same circumstances. Second, that the injured visitor fell under a protected class at the time of the accident. The visitor must have been an invitee, licensee, or underage trespasser for the property owner to owe any duties to him or her. The question of visitor classification will help decide negligence. Third, that the property owner’s negligence caused or contributed to the victim’s injuries. The successful team of slip and fall attorneys at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC can help clients with these elements.
Did You Slip and Fall on Commercial Property?
Slip and fall accidents on commercial properties in Riverside and San Bernardino may give victims the opportunity to sue the company or the owner of the store, restaurant, bar, or other business. At DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC, we can help injured parties go up against major corporations such as shopping plazas, banks, grocery stores, and office complexes in pursuit of recovery for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Commercial businesses carry insurance to pay out settlements and verdicts in slip and fall lawsuit situations. Insurance companies, however, will often try to get claimants to settle for less than the case is actually worth. With a great lawyer by your side, you can fight for maximum compensation instead of settling for less than you deserve. Let our team help you through the legal steps so you can focus on healing. Start with a complimentary consultation with one of our slip and fall lawyers.