Mar 1, 2022
Slip and falls are one of the most common types of personal injury claims we encounter at Dordulian Law Group. Whether you find yourself at a hotel, supermarket/grocery store, Airbnb rental property, or even at someone’s private home, slip and fall injuries can occur unexpectedly. In many instances, these injuries can be severe, often requiring long-term medical care and even surgeries.
Below we will review everything you need to know about slip and fall injury civil lawsuits. We’ll include information on the most common types of injuries, what sorts of damages may be awarded, and review how to file a claim in pursuit of the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
The most important priority after a slip and fall is your health and well-being. Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) experienced team of slip and fall lawyers strongly encourages all victims to undergo an immediate medical examination by a physician. There a number of reasons why it’s important to seek medical care after a slip and fall accident.
After receiving the proper medical care for your slip and fall injury, it is recommended that, if possible, victims document the scene through pictures or videos. While this might not be doable after suffering a serious injury, having a friend or other witness take photos or videos for you might be a wise course of action.
Furthermore, do not make a statement to the property owner or their insurance company without first speaking to a qualified and experienced slip and fall attorney. In addition, do not sign any type of documentation or agree to any type of settlement or cash payout without first reviewing all of your legal rights and options with a slip and fall lawyer.
Suing for a slip and fall accident injury requires proving negligence or liability on the part of the property owner or management company. Liability in a slip and fall injury claim can take many forms.
It’s important to remember that property owners and managers are required by law to maintain a safe environment for all. This is referred to as a “duty of care” in personal injury law. When that duty of care is breached and an injury occurs as a direct result, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation through a slip and fall lawsuit.
Slip and fall accidents can result in a range of injury types. Some of the more common slip and fall injuries we encounter at DLG include:
For a more in-depth list of typical slip & fall injuries and how they occur, please visit our recent blog post: What are the Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries?
In California slip and fall civil lawsuits, your attorney must be able to prove that your accident was due to negligence or carelessness. Moreover, an experienced slip and fall lawyer will need to prove the four elements of negligence in a personal injury claim:
If your slip and fall injury involved negligence or carelessness, economic and non-economic damages may be awarded after your accident. The specific damages that you may recover can vary depending on the unique circumstances of your slip and fall (e.g. severity of your injuries, extent of the property owner or manager’s liability, the property’s history of injuries or negligence, etc.).
Common California Slip and Fall Non-Economic Damages:
Hiring a DLG slip and fall lawyer can help ensure your personal injury claim is maximized, and that you recover all applicable damages after an incident due to negligence. Our Personal Injury Division is led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience helping injured victims secure the maximum financial compensation they deserve.
To learn more about how important it can be to have an experienced DLG California slip and fall accident lawyer handling your case, please visit our recent blog on how pain and suffering damages are calculated in personal injury civil claims.
The value of your slip and fall injury case will depend on a number of factors, such as:
Slip and fall injury cases can lead to substantial financial damages awards when negligence is clearly involved and the injury leads to medical care. However, even if your slip and fall injury is minor, it is recommended that you consult with an experienced attorney to determine whether or not you may be entitled to financial compensation. In many cases, financial damages may be awarded, even for minor slip and fall injuries.
The standard statute of limitations for California slip and fall injury civil claims is two years from the date of the accident. While there are some exceptions to this rule – including claims against government entities, which have a much shorter six-month statute of limitations – slip and fall injury victims are encouraged to file claims immediately after an accident.
Doing so can help ensure that evidence is preserved and your claim has the best chance of reaching a successful conclusion. Waiting for several months to file a slip and fall injury civil lawsuit can make the task of proving liability more difficult for your attorney.
Slip and fall injury cases may settle quickly, without ever having to even file an official claim. This often occurs when an injury is clearly due to negligence and could have been avoided – such as a slip and fall at a grocery store due to a spilled liquid.
In cases where negligence is more difficult to prove, or injuries are more severe and will require significant financial compensation, your claim may take a bit longer to settle. At DLG, when you sit down for a free and no obligation consultation with one of our proven Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers, we will provide you with an estimate for how long your case will take to settle as well as an overall value for your claim.
Proving liability in a California slip and fall accident case requires skill and experience in order to secure the maximum financial compensation you truly deserve. Fighting to recover intangible and hard to quantify damages such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma can be challenging, and that’s where DLG’s experienced slip and fall injury lawyers can help.
We have the proven results you need for peace of mind throughout every step of the slip and fall accident claims process. We won’t settle for anything less than a maximum financial damages payout for your slip and fall injury lawsuit.
Slip and fall injury claims often fall under what’s known as premises liability law. Dordulian Law Group was recently recognized for having secured one of the Top 20 Premises Liability Verdicts in California, with a $3.25 million damages award for a client who suffered a spinal cord injury when a bench collapsed in the lobby of a medical center.
Additionally, hiring a DLG slip and fall accident lawyer to handle your injury claim can be in your overall best interest for a number of reasons. In fact, personal injury victims who hire private attorneys often secure greater financial compensation for their claims.
For example, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) recently conducted a study which confirmed the following personal injury claim statistics:
With DLG, your slip and fall accident injury consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure your rights are protected and the maximum financial damages award you deserve is pursued. We serve injured slip and fall accident clients throughout California as well as the United States.
Some of the local areas DLG serves include:
DLG’s founder and president, Sam Dordulian, has more than 25 years of experience and over 100 jury trial victories. And our team of dedicated attorneys has expansive experience successfully litigating slip and fall and premises liability cases. We will fight hard to obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.
It’s important to file your slip and fall injury claim as soon as possible to preserve any evidence you may need to prove your case. We will work with medical experts and other investigative professionals like our in-house Chief Investigator with 30 years of experience in the LAPD, Detective Moses Castillo. Our team will help gather and preserve crucial evidence that will strengthen your slip and fall injury claim.
DLG’s Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers have secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for clients while maintaining a 98% success record. With our No Win/No Fee Guarantee, there is never any upfront cost for our expert slip/trip and fall legal representation, and you never pay a dime until we successfully secure a maximum financial damages award for your claim.
Don’t miss the deadline for filing your slip and fall injury civil lawsuit. Injured victims who fail to file claims within the statute of limitations typically waive their right to seek critical financial compensation for damages.
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