Slip-and-fall accidents are the most common type of "Premises Liability" cases: they refer to situations in which a person is injured by slipping and falling as a result of a dangerous condition on someone else's property. Inside a building, hazardous conditions may include torn carpeting, uneven flooring, inadequate lighting, defective stairs, or a wet floor. Outdoors, people may slip and fall and be injured as a result of pooled rain, ice, or a pothole that was hard to notice. Owners and tenants of commercial, residential, or public properties are all responsible for maintaining an environment that is safe for people who come onto their properties.
Based in Los Altos, California, the personal injury attorneys at Ziff & Cohn offer a free initial consultation in all slip-and-fall cases. If you would like to discuss your particular circumstances with an experienced attorney dedicated to helping injured clients, please contact us today.
In California, in order to succeed in a slip and fall case, the injured person must prove either that the property's owner or tenant in control of the property had created the hazardous condition that caused the accident, or that the owner knew or should have known about the presence of the dangerous condition, had sufficient time to remove or repair it, and failed to do so. It is often difficult to prove precisely when a given hazard first appeared, or whether the owner had been put on notice. In addition, if the injured person was partly at fault for his or her injuries (for example by not being careful to avoid obvious dangers), he or she may not receive any compensation, or receive a reduced amount.
Accidents that involve public entities, such as slip and fall accidents that occur on public property, involve distinct procedural requirements and limitations. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of a slip and fall accident in California, you should consult an experienced California personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If the accident occurred on public property, you should discuss it with an attorney who has successfully handled accidents involving public entities.
Slip and fall accidents may lead to catastrophic injuries, such as brain injuries or spinal cord injuries; in such cases, the amount of compensation that you recover will have a tremendous impact on the quality of your post-accident life. Hiring an experienced attorney is an important step in the process of seeking full compensation for all the harm you suffered--including your pain and suffering, your medical bills, your lost wages, and more.
Located in Los Altos, California, the personal injury attorneys at Ziff & Cohn offer a free initial consultation in all slip-and-fall cases. If you become our client, our resources, skills, and experiences will all be deployed on your behalf, and we don’t get paid for our services unless your case ends with a monetary recovery.
If you are interested in pursuing compensation for your injuries, please contact us today by calling our Los Altos office at (650) 329-0851, emailing Harvey L. Ziff and Adrienne Z. Cohn, or filling out and submitting our “Contact Us” form.