Protecting The Claims Of Those Seriously Injured In Slip-And-Fall Accidents
Merchants in California have a duty to their guests to keep the property clear of spills or defects. If they have knowledge of a dangerous condition, they need to take immediate action to correct the problems. They may not clean up the milk that one of their customers accidentally spilled, or they fail to post signs indicating that the floor was recently mopped. These oversights often lead to significant slip-and-fall injuries for those visiting the store or property.
I am attorney C. Bradley Hallen, and in my three-plus decades of handling personal injury cases, I have seen many individuals seriously injured in slip-and-fall accidents. If you have been hurt due to defective conditions present in a store, apartment complex or other place of business, you need to reach out to me as soon as possible to discuss your claims.
Holding Businesses Accountable For Their Actions
Many of my clients find themselves in a difficult position because they did not seek specialized medical treatment for their injuries. They may not realize the extent of their injuries at first, because back, neck and shoulder injuries can be extremely challenging to diagnose initially.
Some of the common injuries that result from slip-and-falls include:
- Herniated disks
- Broken bones, including wrists, arms and ankles
- Fractured or dislocated hips
- Serious knee injuries, including torn ligaments or broken kneecaps
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
You need to take action as soon as possible after the accident occurs in order to preserve the scene at the time of the incident. Many storeowners will instruct their employees to correct the defects after the accident, and it can be difficult to get the evidence that you need to establish your personal injury claims.
If you are injured as a result of a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, make sure that someone takes photos of the condition that caused your injury. Also you should get the contact information of any and all witnesses to the injury. This can be crucial to successfully establishing that the store did not fulfill its obligation to keep the premises clear of any defects that may cause harm.
Learn More About Your Options
Slip-and-fall cases often involve many issues that require the assistance of an experienced lawyer. To schedule a free consultation, please call my office at 760-652-9809 or send me an email. I represent clients in Encinitas, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Leucadia, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Vista, San Marcos and other cities throughout San Diego County.