Slip & Fall
When you fall and suffer injury on a property due to a dangerous condition, you may be entitled to obtain money damages for your injury by filing a premises liability claim. Proving the liability of the property owner or operator is essential to establishing your right to compensation.
Slip and fall accidents can result in chronic pain and permanent disability. At the Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C., our attorneys focus on improving your life going forward after a serious injury by obtaining coverage for the damages you suffer. Our firm has successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases for clients in our community and throughout Northern California.What Do You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Accidents?
Your fall-related injury may have occurred under any number of circumstances. Accidents involving a fall due to unsafe property conditions are grouped together and referred to as slip and fall accidents. Dangerous premises accidents occur for a variety of reasons, including the following:
- Poor lighting
- Uneven or cluttered flooring
- Hidden steps
- Rough or worn flooring or carpet
- Slippery or dirty floors
Falling at any age is dangerous. However, for middle-aged and senior adults, a stumble and fall can have even more serious implications. Consider the following common injuries that can result from a fall accident:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Broken bones
- Strains, sprains and muscle tears
Traumatic brain injury is serious and occurs when impact to the head from an object or force bruises, jostles or even impales the brain. In most slip and fall accidents, the injuries are not readily noticeable. In fact, symptoms of certain TBIs may not arise until several days or even weeks after the fall.
Spinal cord injury is another worrisome hazard of fall accidents, particularly for the elderly. Serious SCIs may cause partial or full paralysis. In the United States, research suggests that the incidence of spinal cord injury is rising due to an increased number of falls experienced by senior citizens. Slip and fall accidents, not car crashes, are now the leading cause of SCI in this country.
If you suffer a serious injury in a fall, you and your legal counsel must prove the following to qualify for monetary compensation:
- The property on which you were injured was unsafe.
- The owner or operator of the premises had knowledge or should have known of the unsafe condition.
- There was sufficient time for the responsible party to correct the danger before you were injured.
- The unsafe condition of the property resulted in your injury.
Our attorneys respond swiftly to the evidentiary needs of proving a slip and fall claim. Because property owners may rapidly repair or correct unsafe premises after accidents, it’s important to initiate legal action as soon as possible. All evidence, including witness accounts, photographs of the premises and medical records relating to the injury, must be preserved.
If you suffer injury in a slip and fall or other accident in the Oakland area, our law firm can advocate for the fair and reasonable compensation you need and deserve. We can handle the details of the case so you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.Consult an Experienced Oakland Attorney to Discuss Your Slip and Fall Injury
Whether you were injured on dangerous premises, in the workplace or under other circumstances, the attorneys at the Law Offices of John E. Hill can deliver unparalleled legal help as you seek full compensation for the damages you suffered. Call (510) 588-1000 or contact our firm online today to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more about our services.