Slip and Fall Lawyer in San Fernando Valley CA

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San Fernando Valley Slip and Fall Lawyer

At Drake Law Firm, our attorneys recognize the significant impact that a slip and fall accident can have on a victim's life. The victim of a slip and fall can sustain painful injuries, face high medical bills for emergency and long-term treatment and be unable to work and earn income for an extended period of time.

However, if the accident resulted from the negligence of a property owner, a slip and fall victim might have legal options available to him or her. The victim may be eligible to seek a legal claim that can result in reimbursement of all medical expenses as well as compensation for the individual's lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a slip, trip and fall in San Fernando Valley or elsewhere in California, you can speak with a lawyer from Drake Law Firm today and learn more about the choices available to you.

Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Slip and Fall Accident?

You might be stressed over your ability to pay for an attorney to handle your slip and fall case. However, at Drake Law Firm, we will charge no legal fees or case expenses unless we obtain a financial recuperation for you. We don't want cost concerns to keep you from obtaining the legal assistance you deserve.

We believe a lawyer can play a vital role in your case, specifically when dealing with insurance companies. The reality is that the insurance providers will attempt to pay as little compensation as possible for the physical, psychological and financial harm you have suffered. A lawyer will be focused on protecting you and your interests.

A San Fernando Valley premises liability lawyer at Drake Law Firm, will:

  • Extensively examine your slip and fall and build the strongest case possible
  • Consult with professionals who will help us to understand why your slip and fall occurred, who should be held responsible as well as what medical care and treatment you will need to recover from your injuries.
  • Submit all claims on your behalf in a timely and proper manner.
  • Aggressively seek a settlement that completely compensates you for your losses or take your case to court (if necessary).
  • Structure any award you receive to ensure that it maximizes your reimbursement and guarantees you will get the medical care you need in the future.

We are a law firm that is passionate about pursuing results that will really make a difference in the lives of our clients in San Fernando Valley and throughout California.

What Must You Prove in a Slip and Fall Case?

A slip and fall accident is a kind of premises liability case. It can be brought against any type of property owner or occupier, including a private homeowner, store or other business or a local, state or federal government.

To recoup damages in an California slip and fall case, you typically need to show:

  • A condition on the property presented an unreasonable threat of injury to you. Hazards that could cause someone to slip, trip and fall include:
  • Broken or uneven pavement on walkways or in parking lots
  • Snowy, icy or wet floors and walkways
  • Ripped, torn or loose rugs and carpeting
  • Liquids spilled on floors
  • Broken or uneven stairs
  • Poor lighting in hallways, stairwells, or outside walkways
  • Holes in the ground or objects sticking out of the ground
  • Broken, missing or loose handrails
  • Faulty escalators or elevators
  • The property owner knew or, in the exercise of normal care, should have known of both the condition and injury risk. In other words, the owner or inhabitant had "actual notice" based on seeing the slip and fall hazard or creating the hazard or "constructive notice" based on the risk being there long enough that the owner or occupier should have seen it.
  • The property owner might have reasonably expected that you would not have discovered or understood the danger or would fail to protect yourself against the risk. For example, you would not have known that an office building lobby was slippery because it had recently been mopped.
  • The property owner failed to take sensible steps to protect you by either repairing the hazard or providing you an adequate warning about it.
  • As a result of the property owner's carelessness, you suffered injuries.

As you contemplate whether you have the power to bring a slip and fall case, you will need to ask yourself a number of essential questions, including:

  • If you tripped or slipped, had the dangerous spot been there long enough so that the owner should have known about it?
  • If there once was a good reason for the object to be there however that reason no longer exists, could the object have been removed?
  • Was there a safer place the object could have been located without much more inconvenience or cost to the property owner?
  • Could a simple barrier have been made or a warning offered to prevent you from slipping or tripping?
  • Did inadequate or damaged lighting contribute to the accident?

What Compensation Can I Receive for a Slip and Fall Injury?

A slip and fall accident can result in a wide variety of severe injuries, including fractures, soft-tissue damage, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is essential to consult with an attorney that will seek maximum compensation for the damage you have experienced, including:

  • Costes médicos pasados y futuros
  • Lost wages and decreased earning capacity
  • Dolor y sufrimiento
  • Pérdida de calidad de vida

A property owner's insurance company might try to place blame on you for your slip and fall accident. For example, the insurance company may assert that you tripped, slipped and fell because of an "open and obvious" hazard that you should have recognized or did something else that was negligent.

In California, you could be denied from recouping anything if you were more than 50 percent at fault for your injury. Otherwise, your damages would be reduced by a quantity that is in proportion to the percentage of fault credited to you.

Your attorney from Drake Law Firm, will aggressively counter any type of unfounded claims made by a property owner's insurance company as well as work hard to protect your legal rights.

What is the Statute of Limitations on a Slip and Fall Case?

It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you are injured in a slip and fall accident. An attorney must take steps as soon as possible to preserve proof and start the procedure of bringing a case against the property owner.

A slip and fall claim, like other personal injury claims in California, must be submitted within two years after an accident has taken place. This is called the statute of limitations. If you fail to meet that deadline, you could be denied from seeking a claim.

A California slip and fall lawyer at Drake Law Firm, will ensure your claim is timely and properly submitted.

At Drake Law Firm, we've assisted numerous personal injury clients to get the compensation they require to recover. We won't let you accept unfair treatment from other law firms and we will defend you from beginning to end. If you need help with Slip and Fall Lawyer in San Fernando Valley, California, give us a call at (844) 513-7253 for a FREE consultation or visit our website at DrakeLawGroup.com to get started on your case today! 

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