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Slip/Trip & Falls

Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can happen at any time and when you least expect it. Slip/trip and fall accidents are a type of premises liability lawsuit and can occur when you are at someone's residence or business and slip/trip on a wet, uneven, or otherwise faulty surface.

There are three main types of slip and fall accidents:

  • Slip and fall accidents:  When your footing slips and you fall, such as on a wet floor in a grocery store.

  • Trip and fall accidents:  Where there is an object in your way and you fall over it, such as a cable across a floor.

  • Step and fall accidents: When there is a hole in your path, such as a hole in a sidewalk that is under construction.

 

In any of these situations you may suffer serious personal injuries, such as a concussion or traumatic brain injury; fractured or sprained hips, wrists, ankles, legs, or arms; or a back or neck injury.

Slip and fall accidents may be caused by:

  • Poor or careless maintenance

  • Faulty design

  • Bad construction

  • Inadequate lighting

  • Failure to warn

  • Broken or uneven pavement or concrete

 

Slip/trip and falls can result in serious life-altering injuries to the victim. Therefore, it is very important that to seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. It is also important that you speak to a slip and fall attorney to ensure you receive the best possible treatment and recovery for your injuries.

Who is Responsible for Your Slip and Fall

Most slip and fall accidents have one thing in common:  they are the result of the carelessness or negligence of someone who owns or controls the area. The responsible party could be one or any combination of these:

  • Property owner

  • Renter or lessee of the property

  • Employer

  • Contractor or sub-contractor

  • Manufacturer of defective product (like a ladder)

  • City, county, state, or federal governments

 

The law considers it the duty of all property owners to inspect their property for dangers and hazards.The property owner is also legally obligated to warn you about dangers on their property.  Sometimes a warning isn’t enough, per the law, and they must actually remove the danger or prevent accessibility to the danger.

Call the AJK Law Office at 818-338-2400 or email us at info@ajklawoffice.com schedule a consultation with a slip and fall attorney.

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