If you are injured due to a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a claim for injuries if the property owner was negligent in their care of the property. This type of case is called a premises liability case. Common slip and fall injuries occur in supermarkets or other commercial establishments when the property is not properly maintained. These types of cases can include slip and fall on water, oils, spills, or other foreign objects.
One of the most common questions people ask when they first speak to a lawyer after an injury is “What is the value of my case?” Like most legal questions, the answer is that it depends!
The value of your case depends on various factors, including :
- Loss of earning capacity and lost wages
- Past Medical bills
- Future Medical Bills
- Loss of consortium
- Pain, suffering, and inconvenience
- Permanence of injury
If you have found yourself in such an incident, a Los Angeles slip-and-fall lawyer can help ensure you recover the slip-and-fall settlement you deserve.
Proving liability after a fall
Slip-and-fall accidents fall under the broad umbrella of premises liability law. To obtain the maximum financial recovery possible, you must prove someone else was at fault for your accident. Generally speaking, defendants in slip-and-fall claims are property owners, business owners, landlords, and tenants. You must prove the defendant was negligent or careless and that those actions caused your accident and resulting injuries.
The party you are filing a claim against will likely argue that you were partly at fault for the accident. They may say you were not paying attention while walking, or they may argue they told you of a dangerous condition and you disregarded the warning. It is important to refute these claims because if the other side is successful, it will reduce the total compensation you receive for the fall. Even if you were mostly at fault for the accident, you could still file a claim for damages under California law.
Proving damages after a fall
After you have successfully proven that someone else was at fault for your fall, you (or your lawyer) then must prove the full amount of damages you incurred. Many people can easily identify the damages they incurred immediately, such as medical expenses and the loss of income they suffered when they could not return to work.
However, it is important to let a slip-and-fall accident lawyer review your claim. A lawyer will identify all of your damages, including pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. These damages are known as non-economic losses because they do not have a specific dollar value, but they can be substantial. Many times, the non-economic losses are multiples of the economic losses. A lawyer will also know how to value these losses, so you receive the full amount of compensation for the fall.
Our slip-and-fall accident lawyers in Los Angeles can prove your claim
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident while on someone else’s property, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can prove your claim.
At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, we know how to prove property owners were negligent and will collect the evidence to prove that fact, as well as the full amount of damages you incurred. Call us today at 213-985-1120 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.
Our firm, El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, has litigated hundreds of slip and fall cases. Some of the notable results include settlements and verdicts for $2,000,000, $600,000, 450,000 and $700,000.