Injuries caused by slipping, tripping and falling are among the most common causes for personal injury claims. While these are prevalent areas of concern, not every injury caused by tripping should be taken to court. Consider the following questions before pursuing a slip and fall claim:
- What caused your fall? In order to form a valid claim, you must be able to prove that someone allowed/caused an unsafe condition on their property and did not take reasonable action to remove the hazard.
- Did the owner provide a warning? If a property owner cannot tend to a potentially harmful situation, they must address it with some sort of a warning. Without safety cones, warning signs, caution tape, or other measures, they may be liable for your injury.
- Was the owner aware of the situation? Though this can be difficult to prove, you will need to demonstrate that a landowner was (or should have been) aware of a potential hazard and failed to address the issue.
- Are you responsible? Just as a property owner must take reasonable action to ensure your safety, you are expected to do the same. If you bear at least some of the responsibility for your injury, you may have difficulty winning a claim.
If you or someone you love has suffered harm and losses after a slip and fall accident that could have been prevented, our Santa Barbara personal injury lawyers are here to help. Slip and fall accidents fall under the legal area of premises liability, which requires property owners to provide safe conditions to visitors and guests. Our lawyers are experienced with premises liability law, and can help injured victims understand their rights and how to hold negligence premises owners accountable. Additionally, we operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you won't have to pay a cent unless we win your case.
To learn more about your case and claim during a FREE case evaluation, contact Santa Barbara Injury Law Group today.