Have You Been Injured In A Trip & Fall?
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Trip and Fall Accidents and Slip and Fall Accidents are terms for two related types of personal injury claims that arise from a fall that was caused due to a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Trip and fall accidents tend to cause the more serious injuries of the two types because the person’s foot can be pinned in place, causing the rest of the body to pivot at the feet and then slam down very hard upon the ground. Also, in a trip and fall accident it is often difficult, and sometimes impossible, for the person to recover their balance before they hit the ground.
Some of the most common causes of trip and fall accidents include height differentials between adjoining sidewalk sections, divots or holes in pavements or walkways, torn carpeting, protruding objects in a walkway, boxes left on the floor in the aisle of a store, raised thresholds, and buckled doormats. Often, poor lighting, non-uniform steps, defective or absent hand rails or other code violations can be contributing factors.
Under California law the property owner has liability for the injuries you sustained in a trip and fall accident if the owner either created the hazard or unreasonably allowed the condition to persist once they discovered (or reasonably should have discovered) the dangerous condition. Recently the courts have also ruled that a property owner must make reasonable inspections in order to discover and correct any hazardous conditions.
In trip and fall cases the property owner’s insurance adjuster and defense attorney always attempt to pin a major portion of the blame upon the injured person pursuant to the doctrine of “contributory fault”. In order to defeat their efforts to minimize or deny liability for his client’s injuries, trip and fall attorney Christopher Landis takes every available measure to establish that because his client was exercising reasonable care for his or her own safety at the time of the accident the doctrine of contributory fault simply does not apply. By taking such an approach trip and fall victims can often receive 100% of the compensation that their injuries would warrant.
Trip and Fall accidents can cause very serious injuries to numerous parts of the body including the head, shoulders, wrists, hips, knees legs and ankles. If you or your loved one fell because they tripped on an unexpected object or sidewalk defect, or any other dangerous condition, contact Landis Law Firm for an appointment right away.
The Landis Law Firm represents clients in Santa Cruz, California, and nearby communities, including Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Aptos, Soquel, Capitola, Marina, Seaside, Monterey, Hollister and Salinas.
For a free initial consultation, call or e-mail the Landis Law Firm. No legal fees are due until the client wins and gets paid. Call: (831) 423-9393