Have You Been Injured in a San Diego Slip and Fall Accident?
“Slip and fall” is a term for a type of personal injury claim that arises when a person slips or trips and falls and is injured on someone else’s property. This type of case falls under the legal category of premises liability, in which a property owner can be held liable for damages caused by a hazardous condition on the property. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced San Diego slip and fall lawyer.
How Common Are Slip and Fall Accidents?
More than one million people in the U.S. are seen in emergency rooms for slip and falls every year, as reported by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI).
Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and occupational injury for people ages 55 and older.
22% of slip and fall accidents result in more than 31 days away from work.
Floors and flooring material directly contribute to more than two million fall injuries every year.
Falls on the same level (slip or trip and falls) account for 60% of all compensable fall cases.
What are the Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injury Accidents?
Slip and falls happen because of dangerous conditions on a property that create slipping or tripping hazards, such as:
Wet or slippery floors from mopping or waxing
Spills of liquids or other slick substances
Broken or missing handrails
Uncovered cords or cables
Debris in stairways
Snow or ice in walkways
What Impact Can a Slip and Fall Have on the Injured?
One out of five falls causes serious injury, as stated by CDC. Slips and falls can cause wrist, arm, ankle, or hip fractures. They can cause head and brain injuries, with long-term consequences. This type of accident can also cause back and spinal cord injuries, as well as soft tissue damage.
Injuries caused by slip and falls can make it difficult to get and around and perform activities of daily living. After a slip and fall accident, many people develop a fear of falling, which can limit their activities, leading to physical weakness and a greater risk of falling.
When Is a Property Owner Responsible for San Diego Slip and Fall Injuries?
When an injury occurs on someone’s property, it does not necessarily mean that the owner is liable. To recover compensation in a San Diego premises liability claim, you must prove certain elements of your case:
The business or person who owned the property had a duty to take reasonable steps to keep the premises safe. This duty exists if you were dining at a restaurant, shopping at a store, or invited into someone else’s home.
The owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition. It may require the testimony of experts about typical maintenance procedures on similar properties to establish this element.
The dangerous condition was present on the property. It is up to you to prove that the hazard existed.
You suffered actual damages as a result of your fall. If you were injured in the fall, your damages may include medical expenses, lost income, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other losses.
At Eugene Bruno & Associates, we have over 45 years of combined experience. Our San Diego personal injury lawyers have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients. We work together seamlessly to obtain the best possible results in every case. Use our online form for a free case evaluation or call our office at (888) 278-6688.
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