Falling is part of life from the time one learns how to stand. While it may be cute to see a toddler stumble or to watch a comedian take a pratfall, falling in reality is seldom funny. In fact, a slip-and-fall accident may result in serious, life-changing injuries. Sadly, most of these injuries are preventable.
Anyone who invites or welcomes others onto his or her California property has the responsibility of making that property reasonably safe from hazards that may cause someone to fall. This includes broken sidewalks, torn carpeting, uneven flooring or wet surfaces. Falls from these and other conditions may result in broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. The owner of a property where a fall occurs may be liable for the injuries that result.
Proving that a property owner has legal responsibility for the injuries of a fall victim involves several factors. The injured party must demonstrate in court that the property owner knew the hazard existed or should have been aware of it. Additionally, the court will have to determine whether the owner was negligent in correcting the problem or providing visitors with some warning or protection from it. Finally, the injury victim may have to prove that the fall was not due to his or her own carelessness or reckless behavior.
Slip-and-fall cases can be challenging. There are often many factors that can be difficult to prove. Nevertheless, with a skilled California attorney, fall victims may have a better chance of obtaining the compensation they deserve from a negligent property owner.