Being injured on someone else’s property due to the negligent actions of the owner or manager can have you dealing with pain, mounting medical expenses, and other losses. At Brown & Gessell, your Stockton personal injury attorneys, we know you need the time to focus on your injuries and on recovering your health. This is why we are prepared to conduct a thorough investigation and build a strong case for you. Give us a call today and allow us to help you with your case. We offer a no-obligation consultation and case evaluation. Experience has shown us that a property owner may be negligent in many ways, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Slip and Fall Misconceptions
Many people are under the belief that if they slip and fall and injure themselves in a retail establishment, grocery store, restaurant, or friend’s house, it is their own fault. Although it may be due to their own distraction, lack of attention, or clumsiness, it is often the landowner, renter or lessor who is responsible for the care of the property and is negligent in maintaining the property.
Such negligence can include failure to keep the area free of hazards and dangers for visitors or guests. Property owners or managers are responsible for keeping their property reasonably safe. Failure to fulfill this duty of care might make them responsible for injuries anyone sustains from slip and fall accidents on their property.
If you or a loved one have slipped and fallen, injuring yourself, you are advised to consult with one of our lawyers, who is familiar with personal injury law.
At Brown & Gessell, we have worked with many victims of slip and fall accidents and know how to get victims the compensation they deserve. Start by scheduling a free consultation and telling us about your case. We will evaluate your situation and tell you about your legal options. Call us today.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Some of the most common reasons people slip, fall, and sustain injuries include the following:
- Spilled liquids
- Poor lighting
- Torn or curled carpeting
- Broken or loose handrails
- Stray electrical wires or cords
- Packages left on the floor
- Cracks in the pavement
- Depressions in the ground
In cases where there is liquid on the floor or any other hazard, the property owner or manager should either clean the area within a reasonably prompt time, or conspicuously indicate it so that anyone walking by would immediately be aware of the hazard. When this is not done promptly, accidents are sure to follow.
Steps to Take After Being Injured in A Slip and Fall Accident
If you slipped and fell and injured yourself on someone else’s property, you should inform the landowner of the fall and may file a report. If the accident happens at a retail store, the manager needs to be informed or the person who is on duty at the time. They should provide you with an incident report that will be useful when filing a claim with the insurance company. Your lawyer needs a copy of this document.
If possible, have someone document the scene by taking pictures of the area, your injuries, and anything else that may have contributed to the accident. Seek immediate medical care. Treating and documenting your injuries is very helpful to your recovery.
Damages Your May Be Eligible To Recover After a Stockton Slip and Fall Accident
Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the type of injuries you sustained, you may be eligible to recover the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Loss of earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of a relationship by a spouse
For you to have grounds for a personal injury case, it will be necessary for your lawyer to show that your injuries happened due to the negligence of the property owner or their staff. The Law Offices of Brown & Gessell can assess liability and ensure that you receive the help you need. You can get answers to your questions about your slip and fall accident with the attorneys at Brown & Gessell.
Common Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen in many different settings and locations, and the resulting injuries can include:
It is common for slip and fall victims to hit their heads on the floor. These injuries may range from mild to severe and cause symptoms that may include dizziness, nausea, headaches, problems thinking, and confusion. When injuries are more severe they may require long-term care and rehabilitation and can permanently impact the your ability to think, recall and reason.
You may also injure your face during such a fall. Such injuries can include soft tissue and bone fractures. One of the most impacting injuries can be your eyes, which can affect your vision. Dental injuries are not uncommon.
Additional injuries can include fractures of your arms, legs, ribs, or hips. Broken bones are very painful, and some cases may require surgery and extneded rehabilitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Any injury to the spinal cord calls for immediate medical attention. These are painful injuries that can result in limited mobility and even paralysis, often requiring long-term rehabilitation and therapy.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Ligaments, tendons, and muscles might also be injured, causing pain, bruising, and swelling. Although these injuries may not be life-threatening, they can lead to a lack of mobility and even impair your ability to walk.
Always seek immediate medical attention because your health should always come first. For the legal aspects of your case in Stockton, schedule a free consultation with the personal injury lawyers at Brown & Gessell.