Santa Ana Slip and Fall Attorney
A “slip and fall” injury may not sound serious at first, but slip and fall accidents account for more than one million emergency room visits in the United States every year. Slip and fall injuries in the workplace are also the leading cause of missed days of work and workers compensation claims. A slip and fall accident can cause broken bones, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and other injuries. If a slip and fall accident happens due to negligence, injured parties need to understand their options for legal recourse.
Most slip and fall lawsuits will fall under the purview of personal injury and premises liability law. Property owners have a legal responsible to ensure their grounds and facilities are free from hazards that might cause slip and fall injuries to lawful visitors or guests on the property. If another person causes a slip and fall injury due to negligence, the victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. In either case, the victim will need reliable legal counsel to navigate the lawsuit process.
Slip and Fall Damages
Slip and fall accidents are particularly dangerous in the workplace and when the victim is an older individual. Elderly people who suffer slip and fall injuries are more likely to experience serious medical issues as a result and will be more likely to fall again in the future. Falling from height in some workplaces like construction zones can be fatal or serious damaging. Like any other personal injury claim or premises liability claim, plaintiffs can sue for various types of compensation, including:
- Medical expenses. Some slip and fall injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and broken bones, will require extensive recovery. Plaintiffs can sue for their hospital bills, prescription costs, and any other expenses related to their medical care.
- Pain and suffering. The court will award compensation for a plaintiff’s physical pain and mental suffering experienced after a slip and fall accident. If the injury leads to permanent disability, the judge reviewing the case will take the long-term damages into account.
- Property damage. If a slip and fall accident happens to damage or destroy any of the victim’s personal property, the victim can sue for the costs of repairing or replacing those items.
- Lost wages. Many slip and fall victims cannot work for a while after their accidents, and some may sustain permanent damage that prevents them from returning to work.
Depending on the nature of the accident and the plaintiff in the case, the plaintiff may need to prove the defendant was negligent in the care of his or her property while the plaintiff was lawfully present on said property. In slip and fall accidents that occur in the workplace, an injured employee may need to prove that a negligent employer failed to correct a hazard.
Finding Reliable Legal Counsel
The attorneys at Bentley & More, LLP have helped many clients all over the Orange County area secure millions of dollars in damages across many legal practice areas. Whether a slip and fall accident happens at work, while visiting private property, or while traversing publicly owned land, we can help injured victims secure compensation for their resulting damages. Contact our firm to schedule a consultation. Our professional team can let you know what to expect from a lawsuit.