Slip and fall accidents cause hundreds of injuries across San Diego, CA, every year. If you were hurt after falling on someone else’s property, you could be entitled to financial compensation.
A San Diego slip and fall lawyer at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C. can fight to hold the responsible parties accountable. Call us today at (619)777-5555, or contact our San Diego personal injury office online.
How Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help After a Slip and Fall Accident in San Diego, CA
Yes, you may be entitled to compensation if you fall or trip on someone else’s property. However, the insurance companies aren’t just going to hand over a fair settlement. You’ll have to prove your damages–and you’ll have to prove that the property owner was responsible.
Our experienced San Diego injury lawyers can help. For nearly three decades, our legal team at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C. has been committed to making a meaningful difference in accident victims’ lives. We’re proud to say we’ve recovered millions in compensation for injured parties over the years in San Diego.
When you hire us, our attorneys will:
- Gather the evidence to support your claim
- Interview witnesses and review past safety reports
- Defend you when the property owner claims the fall was your fault
- Negotiate to recover the highest available compensation award in your case
Remember, if the insurance company offers you a quick settlement, that shows that they know they’re responsible. They want to get your case off their plate as quickly as possible–and by paying as little as possible. We’ll push back to make sure you’re getting what’s fair.
Whether you’re just getting started or have an offer on the table, our skilled San Diego personal injury attorneys can help. Just give us a call today for a free case review.
How Common Are Slip and Fall Accidents in San Diego?
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury nationwide. According to CDC data, about one in four older adults slip and fall every year. In California, between 28.8% and 33.9% of adults aged 65 and up fall every year.
In a single year, 6,283 older Californians were hospitalized for fall injuries in San Diego. And this data doesn’t even begin to account for the hundreds of younger residents who are injured in slip and falls each year.
At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., we handle all types of slip and fall accident cases, including those in:
- Bars and restaurants
- Grocery stores
- Office buildings
- Public parks
- Amusement parks
- Big box stores
- Shopping malls
- Sports arenas
- Factories and warehouses
- Parking lots and parking garages
You might also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you were hurt in a slip and fall accident at work.
What is My San Diego Slip and Fall Accident Case Worth?
The short answer is that no two cases are the same.
The value of your personal injury case depends on:
- The severity of the injuries
- Your lost wages and income
- Whether you’ll fully recover
- The trauma of the accident
- And more
Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C. will carefully evaluate your injuries and work with respected experts to find out what your case is worth.
Are you interested in learning more about the fair value of your injury case? Call Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C. today.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Slip and Fall Accident Victims?
In a slip and fall case, that typically includes money for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical bills
- Lost future earning capacity
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of consortium
Our lawyers are here to fight for every dollar you deserve. Give our law firm a quick call today if you’re interested in learning more.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Slip and Fall in California?
You should always be ready for the property owner to blame you for getting hurt. It’s important to fight back–or risk losing a substantial part of your settlement. Under the California pure comparative negligence law, all responsible parties can be held liable for their share of damages after an accident.
In other words, if you’re partly to blame, you’re also liable for a percentage of the damages. Your compensation award can be reduced to account for your own fault. “Blame the victim” is common in slip and fall cases.
The property owner might claim:
- You weren’t paying attention
- The danger should have been obvious
- You shouldn’t have been in that area of the property
Don’t panic if you’re being blamed. Our San Diego premises liability lawyers are experienced and expect these tactics. We also know that accident cases can be messy–and we’ll do everything we can to minimize the insurance company’s claims you were at fault.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Slip and fall accident victims might suffer a wide range of injuries.
Some victims are up and about after just a few short days of recovery. Other slip and fall injuries can cause long-term disability.
Some of the most common slip or trip and fall accident injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Facial injuries
- Back injuries
- Damage to the knees, hips, and shoulders
- Wrist injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Trip and fall accidents can be fatal in the most serious cases, especially if the victim was elderly or had another underlying condition. If you lost a loved one, our San Diego slip and fall attorneys can help you recover compensation through filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Causes Most Slip and Fall Accidents in San Diego, California?
We’re fortunate to avoid the perils of snow and ice here in Southern California. That doesn’t mean we’re immune from fall accidents.
Some of the most common causes of slip and falls in San Diego include:
- Slippery floors
- Uneven floors or pavement
- Missing or broken railings
- Crumbling or broken stairs
- Loose cables or wires
- Crumbling or broken sidewalks and curbs
- Debris and clutter
- Loose mats or carpeting
- Poor lighting
Property owners are required to keep both the interior and exterior of their premises in reasonably safe condition. If you were lawfully on someone else’s property and took a fall, give us a call today to discuss options for recovering compensation for your injuries.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Slip and Fall Accident in California?
Under California law, property owners are required to keep their property reasonably safe for anyone who’s legally permitted on the premises. That includes customers, employees, workers, social guests, and other visitors.
If a dangerous condition exists on the premises and the owner knows or reasonably should know about the hazard, the owner must take steps to fix it. If it can’t be fixed right away, the owner has an obligation to provide adequate warning to keep others safe.
When owners fail to take these steps under California premises liability law, they can be held liable for negligence when someone gets hurt. However, you don’t automatically get compensation if you’re hurt in a slip and fall accident. You have to prove that the owner was negligent.
Your attorney can prove negligence by establishing:
- The owner’s duty of care
- A breach of that duty
Your attorney will collect evidence such as security camera footage, witness statements, insurance policies, and more to help establish that the property owner had control over an area that caused an injury.
What duty of care does a California property owner owe to others?
In slip and fall cases in California, the owner’s legal duty no longer depends on why you were on the property. Unlike other states, it will not directly hinge on whether you were an invitee, licensee, or trespasser.
Rather, a property owner has a duty to act reasonably in managing their property, including in fixing or warning of hazards or conditions that could cause injuries to others.
A number of factors may be considered when evaluating whether a property owner used reasonable care in managing their property before an injury, including:
- The location of the property
- The likelihood that someone would come on to the property in the same way as the injured person
- The likelihood of harm
- The seriousness of such harm
- Whether the property owner knew or should have known of the condition that caused the injury
- The difficulty of protecting against the risk of injury
- The property owner’s control over the condition that caused the injury
- Other relevant factors
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney. Your attorney can help you evaluate whether a property owner violated their duty to act reasonably to prevent your injury.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Slip and Fall Accident in California?
Accident victims must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date they’re hurt under California’s statute of limitations. The clock starts to run on the day your slip and fall accident happened.
Were you hurt in a slip and fall in the San Diego area? Call Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C. today to discuss your options.
Contact a San Diego Slip and Fall Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Evidence is always strongest if you take action quickly. If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident, don’t wait to reach out to Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., for help. Call our experienced San Diego slip and fall lawyers to schedule a free consultation today.
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