Premises liability covers a variety of accidents that occur on another person’s property. Slips and falls are some of the most common types of injuries that fall within this category of personal injury claims. Whether you fall because of a slippery surface, clutter, broken flooring, or inadequate lighting, if the owner is negligent, you should be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
The first step is to consult with a Stockton premises liability attorney to discuss your claim. It is best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible because evidence can be lost or destroyed, especially in slip and fall cases where the evidence is the environment where the fall occurred (i.e. the condition of the floor, broken steps, spilled liquids, etc.). The owner will likely take steps immediately to correct the dangerous condition that caused your fall.
Call Torem & Associates (559) 500-5000 or 1-800-954-4444 for a free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation so that we can begin protecting your legal right to receive the maximum amount of money for your claim.
Premises Liability Cases in California
Under California’s premises liability laws, property owners have a duty of care to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition for their guests. Owners must take steps to prevent accidents, including performing general maintenance, making necessary repairs, using warning signs, and inspecting the property for dangerous conditions.
When a property owner fails to exercise reasonable care, the owner can be held liable if someone is injured. In some cases, an owner can be held liable if the owner “should have known” about the hazardous condition even though the owner did not have constructive knowledge of the problem.
Premises liability cases can be difficult to prove. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, we urge you to contact our office immediately for a free consultation. We want to help you recover the damages you are entitled to receive for your injuries.
Damages for a Premises Liability Claim
As in most personal injury cases, the money a victim receives depends upon the type of damages sustained because of the accident. In addition, the amount of compensation depends on other factors, including the type and severity of the injury, future damages, the length of recovery, the defendant’s insurance coverage or ability to pay, and whether the victim suffered permanent disabilities.
Common damages claimed in premises liability cases include:
- Monetary losses, including income, medical costs, property damages, costs of a lawsuit, and other incidental expenses related to the accident and injury;
- Mental anguish, including depression, emotional suffering, anxiety, grief, and stress;
- Permanent disability, including scarring, paralysis, amputation, and disfigurement;
- Physical suffering and pain;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Future damages, including wages, medical expenses, long-term care, physical pain, and mental anguish; and,
- Loss of consortium, including loss of intimate relations, care, companionship, support, and guidance.
In addition to proving fault, you must prove you suffered the damages, the extent of the damages, and the cost of the damages. Remember, the insurance company for the other party will be fighting your claim. Insurance companies often employ highly skilled and large defense law firms. You need a legal team on your side to protect your rights and to fight for a fair and just settlement for your slip and fall claim.
Call Now to Speak to a Stockton Slip and Fall Attorney
It is crucial that you are represented by experienced Stockton premises liability attorneys. Call (559) 500-5000 or 1-800-954-4444 or use our contact form to schedule your appointment with one of our attorneys to discuss your injury claim.