One of the most common car accident injuries is whiplash. Unfortunately, whiplash is also one of the most disputed car accident injuries by insurance providers. Insurance companies often allege that the victim’s injuries are not as severe as the victim claims because the victim is exaggerating whiplash symptoms. Talking to a Sacramento whiplash injury lawyer is one of the best ways to protect your right to a fair settlement for your car accident claim.
Slip and fall injuries can range from a few bumps and bruises to serious, life-threatening injuries. The type and severity of injuries depend on the circumstances of the fall. When a fall is the result of negligence or wrongdoing, a victim may have a claim against the property owner for damages.
A recent report indicated that pedestrian deaths would hit a 28-year high in 2018. California is one of the states that have the highest number of pedestrian fatalities year after year. Many of the pedestrian deaths caused by motor vehicles are attributed to driver error. However, pedestrians must exercise caution too. Pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Even when a pedestrian does have the right of way, he or she can reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident by taking certain precautions.
Slips, trips, and falls can disrupt your life and result in chronic pain and permanent impairments. If a fall results in your injury, you might incur substantial medical expenses and lose time from work, which results in additional financial losses. A California slip and fall attorney can help you investigate the cause of the fall to determine if a property owner or other party is responsible for your damages.
A slip and fall claim can arise from a variety of accidents. When you go to the grocery store, the county tax office, restaurant, or doctor’s office, you could sustain a serious injury from a fall. An unexpected fall at an amusement park or while visiting a friend could result in medical bills and loss of income. Property owners are required to maintain safe premises for visitors. If not, they could be subject to a slip and fall claim under California’s premises liability laws. This requirement includes owners of private property, residential homes, commercial property, and government property.
A Property Owner’s Duty of Care to Protect Visitors
When a property owner fails in the duty of care to warn visitors of hazards on the property or reasonably maintain the property to avoid falls and injuries, the property owner may be held liable for damages caused by a fall and injury. Examples of instances that might give rise to a slip and fall claim include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to warn of wet floors or other hazards
- Failing to repair broken steps
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken flooring or worn carpets
- Failing to secure a swimming pool
- Failing to fill holes or place warnings of holes
Many circumstances can result in a slip and fall claim. Regardless of how the fall occurs, there are certain steps that you should take when filing a slip and fall claim.
Five Steps for Filing a Slip and Fall Claim in California
Step One: Report the fall immediately to the property owner.
If the property owner is not available, report the fall to an employee, manager, or other individual who works for the property owner.
Step Two: Collect evidence from the accident scene.
You need to document the accident scene and collect as much information as possible after the fall. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene and make notes of any statements made by the property owner, witnesses, and others. Ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
Step Three: Seek medical attention immediately.
If you were injured or you are unsure if you are injured, do not try to move. Ask someone to contact emergency medical services for assistance. If you determine you do not need emergency services, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after a fall. Falls can be shocking and frightening. You may not be aware of your injuries because of the flood of adrenaline that usually results after a startling accident. Seeking medical care is important for your injury claim. Delays in medical care can hurt your claim.
Step Four: Keep everything.
Store the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag. These items could become evidence in your case. Keep copies of all medical bills, receipts, statements, and other information related to your fall, injuries, and recovery.
Step Five: Contact a Sacramento Slip and Fall Attorney
Contact a California premises liability attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible. An attorney listens to what happened, evaluates your case, and provides legal advice and guidance. Premises liability claims can be complex. It is best to have an experienced attorney file your claim so the attorney can deal with the property owner, attorneys, and insurance providers.
Call our California Premises Liability Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If you are injured in a fall, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your slip and fall claim.