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Don't take dangerous property conditions lying down

A slip-and-fall accident occurs when you slip or trip and suffer an injury as a result. Sometimes these types of accidents are the result of the poor maintenance efforts of the owner of the property where your accident occurred.

Property owners in California have a duty to make sure that those who visit their properties can move about safely. Thus, if a property owner's carelessness caused you to suffer injuries due to dangerous property conditions, you have the right to seek to hold him or her accountable.

How do I prove fault in a slip-and-fall accident?

Every case of a slip-and-fall injury is unique. However, the main premise of such cases is whether the owner of the property behaved cautiously so as to minimize (if not completely eliminate) the odds of this type of unfortunate incident occurring. Another important consideration is whether you did not exercise reasonable care by not avoiding or spotting the particular condition leading to your fall.

The following must be demonstrated to prove that the property owner was indeed at fault in your slip-and-fall accident:

  • The dangerous condition was a creation of the property owner.
  • The property owner was aware of this condition but did not correct it.
  • The hazard existed long enough for the property owner to have found it and remedied it before your slip-and-fall accident took place.

What dangerous property conditions may lead to injury?

Several hazardous conditions may cause problems for you, ranging from poor lighting to flooring changes and ripped carpeting. Even a damp floor or a narrow stairway may cause you to suffer a slip-and-fall injury.

Outdoor conditions that might cause you to suffer injuries in a slip-and-fall accident include snow, rain and ice. Even a pothole that was hidden may be grounds for pursuing justice.

What are my rights following an injury-causing slip-and-fall accident?

If dangerous property conditions cause you to suffer an injury in a slip-and-fall incident, you may choose to seek financial compensation by means of a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. Monetary compensation may help to address health care bills stemming from the accident along with the loss of wages if your injuries kept you from being able to go back to work in a timely fashion. Compensation may additionally help with addressing emotional distress as well as pain and suffering while you focus on your recovery.

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