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Glendale Slip & Fall Lawyers

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A slip-and-fall accident occurs when a person trips, slips, or falls due to a hazardous condition on someone else's property. These accidents fall under premises liability claims, which hold property owners legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property due to negligence in maintaining a safe environment.

At Hartounian, APLC, our capable legal team is adept at handling the complexities of slip-and-fall claims, which generally involve property insurers who aggressively fight back against claimants. Putting a proven law firm on your side in these cases is essential to protect your rights. 

Our team can investigate and build a strong case, engage in tough negotiations at the settlement table, or take your case to civil court when needed. We take every legal measure to help you secure the compensation you need to recover and resume your life. 

Schedule a free case evaluation with a Glendale slip and fall attorney at (818) 463-1917. You can also submit our online contact form to get started. 

Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents & Injuries

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in various ways and result in many injuries. However, the common denominator of a slip-and-fall injury claim is that the premises owner or manager was negligent in causing or allowing a hazard to lead to an accident directly. 

Causes of slip-and-fall accidents can include:

  • Wet floors: Unmarked wet floors are one of the top causes of slip-and-fall accidents. They can result from cleaning, spills, leaks, or inclement weather conditions tracked inside.
  • Icy walkways: Ice that forms on walkways, parking lots, and stairs can be hazardous if not correctly managed with salt or sand, especially in colder climates.
  • Uneven surfaces: Cracked sidewalks, potholes in parking lots, or uneven flooring can catch people off guard and lead to falls.
  • Poor lighting: Inadequate lighting can make it difficult to see potential hazards, such as steps, uneven surfaces, or obstacles, increasing the risk of a fall.
  • Obstacles or debris: Items left in walkways, such as cords, equipment, or smaller debris, can be tripping hazards.
  • Loose or worn carpets and rugs: Carpets or rugs that are not securely fixed to the ground or that are worn can cause people to trip and fall.
  • Ramps without non-slip surfaces: Ramps that lack proper non-slip surfaces can be particularly hazardous, especially in wet or icy conditions.
  • Stairs without handrails: Missing or faulty handrails on stairs are a significant risk factor for falls, as they provide essential support.
  • Transitions from one type of flooring to another: Changes in flooring can lead to trips and falls, mainly if the difference is not clearly marked or if there is a significant change in traction.
  • Open cabinets or drawers: In office environments, open cabinets or drawers can easily be overlooked, leading to trips and falls.

Slip & Fall Accident Injuries

The injuries from slip-and-fall accidents can range from minor bruises and scrapes to more severe injuries such as fractures, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, sprains and other soft tissue injuries, and more. The severity of the injuries often depends on the circumstances and the individual's physical condition.

The consequences of slip-and-fall injuries can extend beyond physical harm, impacting victims' lives in various ways. Sufferers may face significant medical expenses, loss of income due to an inability to work, and extended terms of permanent disability.

What Must Be Proven in a Slip & Fall Injury Claim?

To establish a successful slip and fall injury claim, several key elements must be proven:

  • Property owner's duty of care: It must be demonstrated that the property owner had a duty to ensure the safety of their property for visitors. This duty varies depending on the nature of the property and the relationship between the property owner and the visitor, with the highest duty owed to anyone invited onto the premises or who has a legitimate right to be there. 
  • Breach of duty: You must prove that the property owner breached their duty of care. This involves showing that they failed to act as a reasonably prudent person would have under similar circumstances, either by creating a hazardous condition or not addressing a known hazard promptly.
  • Causation: It must be established that the property owner's breach of duty directly caused the accident. This means proving that the slip and fall incident would not have occurred if the owner had taken the necessary precautions to address the hazard.
  • Damages: Finally, you must demonstrate that you suffered actual damages due to the fall. This can include medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses attributable to the injury.

Proving these elements requires thorough documentation and evidence, such as photographs of the hazardous condition, witness statements, medical records, and expert testimony. 

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Hartounian, APLC: Your Advocate & Ally in Personal Injury Claims

Slip-and-fall cases are notoriously difficult to win due to the complex nature of proving negligence on the property owner's part. It requires demonstrating that the property owner was aware of the dangerous condition and did not act to correct it promptly. Additionally, attorneys defending property owners often argue that the injured party was partly or wholly responsible for their injuries, complicating the case further.

Our law firm is adept at navigating these challenges and legal complexities. To build a strong case, we conduct thorough investigations to gather evidence, including surveillance footage, witness statements, and maintenance records. 

Our experienced attorneys understand premises liability law and can advocate for your rights throughout the claims process, from investigation and beyond. As your legal ally and support system, our firm is committed to helping you seek favorable results. 

Learn more about your case and how we can help by consulting with a Glendale slip and fall attorney. Contact us at (818) 463-1917.

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