In California, if you have been injured in a fall due to dangerous conditions in a store or another property, it is up to you to prove that the store owner (or another party) was at fault. Part of doing so will be proving that the store owner had a responsibility to address the dangerous conditions that led to your fall, which ultimately means that you will need to prove that the store owner should have known about it in the first place. If you can’t prove it, then you probably don’t have a case.
So how can you prove that the store owner knew—and did nothing—about the issues that led to your Orange County slip-and-fall accident? Sometimes, it’s easy to prove that the store owner should have known because you have evidence that he or she was actually notified of the problem. Consult with a California personal injury attorney to see if you have a case.
It’s important to realize that California law recognizes situations in which a proprietor should have known about a condition that poses a threat to the safety of visitors to the premises. Even if a store owner is not directly made aware of a dangerous condition, he or she does have a responsibility to keep the premises reasonably safe and periodically perform inspections. If you can prove that a dangerous condition was present for a length of time, you may be able to prove that the store owner had a reasonable amount of time to find and address the issue, but failed to do so.
If you have been injured after falling on another person’s property in Orange County, an experienced California personal injury attorney can provide further guidance in a completely free and confidential consultation. Reach out to Russell & Lazarus today at (800) 268-9228, or get started by filling out the easy online contact form on this page for more information.