SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY IN CALIFORNIA
Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 6:07 pm
When you are a guest on someone’s property, you don’t expect to be injured in an accident. Unfortunately, there are incidents in which guests are injured in a slip and fall accident on private property. When you are injured on private property, you have the same right to recover compensation for your injuries and damages as you do if you are injured on public property. However, you must prove liability in order to receive compensation. If you fail to prove liability, you won’t receive any compensation for your injuries in a slip and fall claim.
A Sacramento slip and fall attorney can investigate the circumstances of your fall on private property to determine if you have a valid claim under California’s premises liability laws. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento slip and fall attorneys.
Proving Liability in Slip and Fall Accidents on Private Property
Proving that a homeowner or property owner is liable for your damages for a fall on private property, requires that prove certain things. You must first prove that a dangerous condition existed on the property and you were injured because of that condition. For example, a step was broken on the front stairs that caused you to fall and break your ankle.
Next, you must prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition but did nothing to correct the situation. If you can prove that the dangerous condition existed, the property knew or should have known about it, and you were injured because of the dangerous condition; you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages under California’s premises liability laws. Examples of damages in a slip and fall accident include:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Future medical expenses and lost income
- Medical equipment and medications
- Surgeries and physical therapy
- Permanent scarring, disfigurement, or disability
Each case is different; therefore, you may be entitled to additional compensation for other damages not listed above. A Sacramento slip and fall attorney can investigate your case to determine what you are entitled to receive under California’s slip and fall laws.
Act Quickly To Protect Your Rights
You have a limited time to file a slip and fall claim. California’s statute of limitations sets deadlines for filing claims for injuries. If you fail to file your lawsuit before the expiration of the deadline, you are unable to recover compensation for your damages. In other words, you are fully responsible for all expenses and losses related to your slip and fall accident on private property.
In most cases, homeowners and other property owners have insurance to cover accidents that occur on the property. By consulting with a Sacramento slip and fall attorney as soon as possible after your accident, you can file a claim with the insurance company to receive money for your medical bills and other damages.
Call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website. Our attorneys serve clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area. We offer free consultations and no-obligation case evaluations, so you can get answers to your questions and learn about your options without worrying about paying an attorney for legal advice.