Sometimes a slip-and-fall involves only the law of gravity. The law of premises liability comes into play when a person falls because of a hidden hazard or unreasonably dangerous condition. Even then, there are several elements to a successful claim for compensation.
At the Law Offices of Michael R. Kaiser, we know what constitutes a good slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall case. If you were seriously injured because of a property owner’s negligence, we know what it takes to convince the insurance company to pay fair damages.
Our Palm Springs, California personal injury law firm offers a free consultation, serving the Coachella Valley and throughout Riverside County and San Bernardino County.
What Can A Property Owner Be Held Accountable For?
We invite you to contact us if you suffered a falling injury at a restaurant, a bar or nightclub, a supermarket, a store or mall, a parking lot or garage or any other commercial property where a homeowners association or property management company may be responsible for maintenance of the property. Property owners may be accountable for injuries caused by:
- Slippery floors (spills, leaks, mopping, waxing)
- Tripping hazards (torn rug, electrical cord, uneven sidewalk, sprinkler heads)
- Code violations (uneven steps, no handrail)
- Unexpected step-up or drop-off
- Poor lighting
How Do We Establish Premises Liability?
In general there are three main elements to a slip-and-fall or sidewalk accident claim:
Significant injury — A hip fracture, broken ankle, head trauma or a knee injury requiring surgery would involve medical bills, lost income and other damages, but a sore back, a bruise or injured pride will not merit compensation.
Specific hazard — The victim has the burden of proof of an unreasonable danger, rather than stating “I don’t know what I slipped on.”
Proof of notice — Property owners are not the insurer of people. They are only responsible if they knew or should have known of the dangerous condition. Did the owner have a reasonable opportunity to clean up the spill or fix the problem?
Attorney Michael Kaiser formerly worked for the insurance industry, and he brings over 40 years of experience to your case. He has helped clients obtain significant compensation in slip-and-fall cases by conducting a prompt and thorough investigation.
Call Today For Your Free Consultation — We Are Here To Assist You
We will provide an honest assessment of the value of your claim and the chances of success, and we strive to keep clients apprised of all developments, including settlement offers. Call our Palm Springs slip-and-fall injury attorneys for a free consultation at 760-322-0806 or contact us online.