Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Slip & Fall Clients
Slip and fall accidents occur suddenly and unexpectedly. When you are on someone else’s property, you expect that they will maintain their property to avoid any potential harm. In fact, California law regarding premises liability states that property owners have a duty to maintain their property in a safe condition to prevent unreasonable risk of accidents. If a property owner fails to do this, then they may be liable for your slip and fall injuries.
The personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady have over 17 years of experience with aggressively litigating slip and fall cases. Slip and fall cases are negligence claims. However, this area of law is exceedingly complex, and many slip and fall trials require the expertise, analysis, and testimony of expert witnesses. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady have the skills, training, and experience to fight your slip and fall case and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at (866) 666-6529.
Slip and fall claims are part of “premises liability.” Premises liability is the liability of property owners for accidents that occur on their land. A premises liability accident could involve a slip and fall on a slipper surface, falling debris, or a construction accident.
In a slip and fall case, the defendant property owner owes a duty of care to all invitees on the property. This duty of care is the duty to protect the invitees from unreasonable risk of harm by maintaining safe conditions on the property. An invitee is someone who has permission to be on the property. If you are eating at a restaurant, shopping at a store or visiting a friend’s apartment, you are an invitee.
A slip and fall attorney will help you determine who is responsible for your injury. For instance, if you slip and fall on ice in a county park, the local government is responsible for your injuries. If you slip and fall on a puddle in a restaurant, the restaurant is responsible for your injuries. If you slip and fall down the stairs at your friend’s apartment, your friend, the renter, will be liable.
A slip and fall attorney will also investigate the cause of your injury. For instance, several questions come to the surface in these types of cases, such as: what was the consistency of the puddle? How long had it been on the ground? Was the store owner aware of the puddle? Did the store owner take any steps to clean the puddle?
Types of Slip & Fall Claims
Slip and falls do not only involve puddles. Other examples of slip and falls include:
- Ice or snow
- Cracks in flooring
- Uneven flooring
- Holes and potholes
- Sudden dips in flooring
- Dilapidated staircases
- Items left on the floor
- Crumbling balconies
- Raised carpeting
Slip & Fall Damages
The injuries you suffer in your slip and fall will dictate the type of damages you are eligible for. Potential damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses: If the fall caused a physical injury that necessitated medical care and treatment, the defendant will be liable for all past and future medical costs.
- Lost wages: If the fall injured you to the extent that you missed work, you will be compensated for that missed work. If you are unable to return to work due to severe injuries, you will also be compensated for lost future wages.
- Emotional distress: If the fall has caused a loss of quality of life or pain and suffering, you will be eligible for emotional damages.
- Punitive damages: Punitive damages may be assessed against the defendant to punish the defendant and deter them from future wrongdoing. Punitive damages may be ordered in slip and fall cases involving gross negligence.
Seeking Legal Advice on a Los Angeles Slip and Fall Claim
If you believe that your fall was caused by another’s negligence, you may have a successful slip and fall claim. Injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can be substantial and life-altering. You may face insurmountable medical bills and lost paychecks. Our slip and fall attorneys at The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady can help you understand your potential claims, investigate your case, analyze and investigate your accident, negotiate a successful settlement, and advocate for your rights in court. Call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady today at (866) 666-6529 for a free consultation on your potential claims.