Slips, trips, and falls are surprisingly common occurrences. Indeed, slip and fall accidents account for over 1 million emergency room visits annually. Falls in general account for 8 million emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits to the emergency room. The risk is greater for people over 65 years of age. Each year in the United States, one of every three persons over the age of 65 experiences a fall. More than half of all slips, trips and falls happen on level ground!
While some falls are natural, meaning they happen due to loss of balance, impairment, not paying attention to where one is going, etc., most falls outside of the home occur due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property. Examples of a direct cause of a slip and fall accident is a liquid that is spilled on a floor that causes someone to lose his or her balance and be hurt or an object or piece of trash left on the floor, causing someone to trip over it. Other examples of direct causes include some substance or material that affects a person’s ability to walk safely. Examples include snow, ice, poorly maintained floors, or cracked or uneven sidewalks.
Indirect causes of slip and fall accidents are conditions in the environment that play a factor in someone slipping, tripping, and falling. Examples of indirect causes include poorly lit walkways, uneven stairs, unmarked curbs, areas that have alternating areas of low light and strong light, and missing or broken handrails.
Fortunately, land owners have a legal responsibility to take reasonable steps to make their property safe for visitors. Still, slip or trip and fall accident cases can be difficult to prove because it can be hard to show who was liable for the injury. Most slip and trip and fall cases turn on whether someone acted negligently. To prove negligence on the part of the property owner, your attorney must show that the accident was caused by a dangerous condition on the property and that the property owner knew or should have known about the condition. A dangerous condition can be defined as a hazard, danger, or unreasonable risk to the visitors of the property which is not open and obvious. A skilled slip and fall lawyer will know how to review the evidence for these elements and put together the strongest possible case for compensation.
Slip, trip, and fall accidents can happen in many different places. The three most common places are on a commercial property (like grocery stores, shopping centers, etc.), residential property (like apartment buildings, condominiums, and homes), and government property (like sidewalks, and government buildings).
The attorneys at Davidovich Kaufman Legal Group have experience with a wide variety of slip and fall and trip and fall cases and have successfully resolved these notoriously difficult to prosecute cases.
That is why you should keep the phone number to Davidovich Kaufman Legal Group, (818) 661-2420, saved in your phone at all times. You cannot know if or when you or a loved one might slip or trip on a floor while running errands, visiting a park, going to the gym, etc.
If you are involved in a slip or trip and fall accident it is important you call your Personal Injury Attorney immediately. The attorneys at Davidovich Kaufman Legal Group have the experience to guide you through every step of the claims process from the initial injury, to obtaining appropriate medical care and treatment and evaluating the potential for future medical treatment, to litigation and trial. The lawyers at Davidovich Kaufman Legal Group will maximize the settlement potential of your claim by working with you to ensure you properly document your injuries, obtain appropriate medical care, and negotiating with the business, governmental entity, or insurance companies to pay the fair value of your damages.