Slip and fall accidents in Southern California are more common that most people even realize. These types of accidents have become almost an everyday occurrence due to hazards on the ground, such as obstacles in the walkway, broken stairs, uneven pavement and slippery floors.
Where Slip and Fall Accidents Take Place
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere including:
- Grocery stores
- Drug stores
- Office buildings
- Apartment buildings
- Hotel lobbies
- City sidewalks
- Parking lots
Why Slip and Fall Injuries Occur
Whether at work, home, the grocery store or other public place, the walking surface is the major cause of Orange County slip and fall accidents or trip and fall accidents. About 55 percent of slip and fall injuries occur when a floor is slippery from spilled liquids or because floor mats are not secured to the ground. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slippery flooring is the main cause of these accidents, but there are four other causes of slip and fall accidents that research has identified. These include: footwear, improper hazard warnings or no presence of warning signs (i.e., caution wet floor signs), lack of training or improper training, and fraud.
When someone falls, that victim can shatter a leg, fracture a hip, suffer a serious head injury, brain damage, spinal cord injury, or even death. The medical costs of a slip and fall injury can add up very quickly from the emergency room visit, X-ray, MRI scan, surgery, physical therapy, ongoing doctor’s visits, and more. Additionally, if the victim cannot work during this time, he or she is also missing income.
How We Can Help You
If you were a victim of a Southern California slip and fall accident and it has left you injured and in need of surgery, physical therapy, and unable to work, then the negligent property owner where your injury occurred should be held liable. When a landlord, property owner, property manager, or other employee was placed in charge of keeping up the grounds but failed to do anything to repair the hazard, he or she should be held accountable for your injuries, medical costs and lost income.
Our experienced Newport Beach premises liability lawyers at Russell & Lazarus can be reached for a free, no-obligation consultation at (949) 851-0222. Give us a call so that you can understand more about your rights, as slip and fall cases can be complex.