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1. What is a Slip and Fall Injury?

A slip and fall injury is any accident that occurs as the result of a dangerous condition created by a property owner.

2. Who is at fault for your Slip and Fall Accident?

The general rule of law is that property owners owe a duty of care to their visitors to create a reasonably safe environment, or to warn of any unsafe conditions the property owner knew or should have known about.

In some situations, where the victims own actions are partly to blame, California will apply “comparative negligence” to measure the victim’s level of fault.

3. Do I have a legitimate Slip and Fall injury claim?

No one slip and fall case is the same; there are several factors in determining whether you have a legitimate slip and fall claim including:

  • What was your purpose for being on the property
  • What condition led to the slip and fall
  • If you tripped of slipped on an object, was there a good explanation for the object to be there.
  • Did the property owner know, or should have known about the dangerous condition
  • How long the dangerous condition existed
  • Did the property owner act reasonably
  • Was there proper warning
  • Were there other variables, such as improper lighting, which led to the slip and fall
  • Were there any building or safety code violations

It is important that you contact a Slip and Fall Attorney at Downtown LA Law today so that we can effectively evaluate your case.

4. Will Homeowner Insurance Cover my Slip and Fall injury?

Slip and Fall Attorney HelpYes; homeowner’s insurance usually will cover a slip and fall claim.  Exceptions however could exist in instances of gross negligence or where there are contract limitations.  Most often, homeowners insurance is your best bet for recovery where an injury occurs in someone’s home.  It is important that you have a skilled personal injury lawyer to handle your insurance claim.

5. Can I recover for damages incurred on a sidewalk?

Yes.  Recovery depends on who is in control of the sidewalk.  Potentially, the city or private owner of the sidewalk may be liable. Additionally, where a third party is hired to maintain a sidewalk, that party may be liable.

Generally, slip and fall accident on sidewalks result from potholes, uneven pavement, improperly maintained tree roots, protruding objects or even excess buildup of snow and ice.

6. What Should I do After My Slip & Fall Injury?

It is imperative that you act responsibly after your slip and fall accident.  Failure to do so may can be harmful to your case.

The most important aspect to any slip and fall accident is your health.  Make sure you receive immediate medical care for your injuries.  For a full list of what to do, please check out our What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall page.

7. What damages should I expect for my Slip and Fall injuries?

At Downtown LA Law, we will seek to recovery of damage from your slip and fall accident.  This includes both economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical costs resulting from hospital and emergency room care, physical therapy, ambulance costs and rehabilitation
  • Future medical care
  • Loss or income
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional and psychological damages
  • Punitive damages where the property owners displayed reckless behavior or gross negligence