Slip and fall accidents are just one type of accident that may result in injury or death under premises liability. Common types of accidents include falls due to uneven floor surfaces, slippery or oily surfaces, sidewalk cracks, broken steps, elevator or escalator hazards, and open manholes. Accidents can occur anywhere - including shopping centers, restaurants, parks, hotels, and amusement parks. Animal attacks and dog bite injuries also fall under premises liability, as well as some workplace injuries and construction accidents. If the owner or occupier had knowledge of a dangerous condition or hazard, or should have had knowledge of the condition, that party may be liable for injuries. Victims of certain crimes may also have a claim for premises liability injuries if the property owner failed to provide adequate security.
Premises Liability Injuries
Injuries from falls can be minor to severe. In grocery stores, spills are common occurrences, and customers may slip and fall when they fail to see a hazard on the floor. Stores have the responsibility to keep the premises safe, and prevent injury from slip and fall accidents. Common types of fall injuries are ankle injuries (such as trimalleolar fractures), knee injuries, hip injuries and fractures. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to injury or death in slip and fall accidents. More severe injuries include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries and back injuries. Injuries may also occur when a customer is struck in the head by a falling object, for example, a television falling off a forklift. Falling objects from large warehouse stores or home improvement stores can cause serious injury or death.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents and Other Premises Liability Injuries
Proving responsibility may not be easy. Typically, the injured victim must demonstrate their injury was caused by an unsafe condition, or the property owner/occupant did not maintain the premises. Secondly, the victim must show the owner was aware of the condition (and did not warn visitors), or should have known about the condition that caused the accident. If you can prove causation and negligence, you may recover monetary damages for medical bills, lost earnings as a result of not being able to work, and pain and suffering. If you have suffered a serious injury on someone else's property, contact a California slip and fall accident attorney to determine if you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.