Fresno Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents on Others’ Properties
Although many people think of slipping and falling as not all that serious, the reality is that these accidents can result in devastating bodily injuries and permanent disability. If you slipped, tripped, and/or fell on someone else’s property, you shouldn’t simply write it off as your own clumsiness—the property owner could be to blame if they failed to adequately maintain the premises.
At Fowler | Helsel | Vogt, our team has more than 40 years of experience handling complex premises liability claims, including cases involving slip, trip, and fall accidents. We understand that these accidents can lead to serious injuries, including brain injuries and spine injuries, leaving victims struggling to get back on their feet. Our goal is to help you recover fair compensation for your damages, including medical bills and lost wages, all while holding negligent property owners accountable.
How Do Slip and Falls Happen?
Most slip and fall accidents happen because someone other than the victim was negligent. Dangerous property conditions and various hazards can cause a person to slip, trip, and/or fall and become seriously injured or even permanently impaired. Additionally, falls—including slip and falls—are among the leading causes of death in the U.S.
Slip and fall accidents generally happen when property owners fail to maintain their properties, including removing, repairing, or warning of dangerous property conditions that pose a foreseeable risk of injury to others.
Some examples of dangerous property conditions that commonly lead to slip and falls include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Spills/fallen merchandise
- Recently mopped floors
- Torn or ripped carpeting
- Uneven floors
- Unmarked steps
- Defective stairs/stairwells
- Missing handrails
- Inadequate lighting
- Improper or missing signage
- Exposed tripping hazards, such as wires or cords
- Defective sidewalks
These and other hazards put visitors at serious risk. If you believe that your slip and fall accident resulted from a property owner’s negligence and/or failure to properly address dangerous conditions, reach out to our Fresno slip and fall lawyers at Fowler | Helsel | Vogt. We can immediately begin investigating your situation to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury case.
When Can You Sue a Property Owner for a Slip and Fall Accident?
Under California premises liability law, property owners can be held legally liable for injuries and deaths occurring on their properties in certain situations.
To bring a lawsuit against a property owner, you will need to prove several things:
- You were injured and/or suffered measurable damages
- Your injuries resulted from a dangerous or defective condition on the property
- The property owner knew about or reasonably should have known about the condition
- The property owner failed to take adequate measures to remove, repair, or warn potential visitors about the condition
- You were lawfully on the property when you were injured/when the accident occurred
- You did not act negligently, causing you to be the sole responsible party for the incident
One common defense to slip and fall and other premises liability claims in California involves property owners arguing that the injured party (known as the “plaintiff”) was trespassing when the incident occurred. In California, property owners’ duty of care to trespassers is much less than their duty of care to lawful entrants—generally speaking, a property owner must only refrain from causing willful/wanton harm to trespassers unless they knew or reasonably should have known that trespassers were likely to be on the property and could be injured by a dangerous or defective condition.
Additionally, the liable party may try to argue that you were negligent, and this is what led to your slip and fall accident. While shared fault does not prohibit you from filing a personal injury claim in California, it can affect your recovery. If the court agrees that you were partially to blame, you will not be able to recover the full amount you would otherwise have received.
An experienced and aggressive attorney, like ours at Fowler | Helsel | Vogt, can fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to dispute or devalue your claim. We encourage you to reach out to us today to discuss the details of your case with a member of our legal team.
What Damages Are Available?
Slip and fall accidents often result in significant injuries, from serious bruises and lacerations to broken bones to concussions, traumatic brain injuries, ruptured discs, and more. As a result, victims may require extensive medical treatment and ongoing care. They may be out of work for weeks, months, or even years, and they are likely to suffer debilitating physical pain and emotional trauma due to their injuries.
At Fowler | Helsel | Vogt, our Fresno slip and fall lawyers seek maximum compensation for all your damages, including but not limited to:
- Emergency medical care costs
- Hospitalization, surgery, and other treatments
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Medications and medical equipment
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Lost income and/or wages
- Lost or reduced earning ability/disability
- Loss of future expected earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Counseling/therapy costs
- Miscellaneous expenses, such as in-home assistance or home modifications
Our firm has considerable experience going up against major insurance companies and their defense teams; we know what it takes to effectively litigate our clients’ cases, and we are prepared to fight for you.
Get Started with a Free Consultation Today
Whether you slipped and fell in a grocery store or restaurant, tripped while visiting a friend’s home, or were seriously injured in a public park or similar space, our team is ready to protect your rights and fight for the fair compensation you are owed. You shouldn’t have to simply suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own, and with our team by your side, you don’t have to.
We provide free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe any attorney fees unless we secure a settlement or verdict for you. You have nothing to lose by contacting Fowler | Helsel | Vogt and speaking to a member of our team about your legal rights and options.