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Experienced Orange County Slip/Trip and Fall Attorneys Since 1984
Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common claims made in personal injury lawsuits. If you have been injured in a slip or fall incident, contact an experienced Orange County slip and fall attorney to learn your options for recovery.
In many cases, the property owner may be responsible for the accident. An Orange County slip and fall attorney at Russell & Lazarus can explain to you that under the legal theory of premises liability, property owners owe a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe to visitors and guests. Failure to do so can lead to liability. We have 25 years experienced proving such claims.
Proving a Case with the Help of an Orange County Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and fall accidents are generally considered negligence claims. This means that property owners may be liable for carelessly maintaining their property or not meeting a reasonable standard of due care. An Orange County slip and fall attorney can tell you that in order to hold the property owner liable, you will generally have to prove certain elements:
In order for a property owner to be held responsible, the following must be proven as true:
- The property owner or agent working at the property—such as an employee—must have been the reason behind the dangerous condition; for example, if a grocery store employee spilled a bottle of cooking oil in a grocery store aisle.
- The property owner or employee must have been aware of the dangerous condition, yet chose not to do anything about it. For instance, perhaps the grocery store employee who spilled a bottle of cooking oil in the aisle tells her manager about the spill. The manager tells the employee that the spill can be cleaned up after the manager and the employee take a 15-minute break. During those 15 minutes, a customer steps in the oil and subsequently falls and breaks her hip.
- The property owner or employee should have been aware of the hazardous condition since a “reasonable” person caring for the area would have noticed the condition and made arrangements to remove or repair the condition.
The elements to prove a slip and fall accident are very fact specific. You will want to discuss the details of your case with an Orange County slip and fall attorney to learn your options for recovery and to calculate potential damages. Your attorney can also help review potentially mitigating factors like your own negligence and other roadblocks to recovery.
Contact the Experienced Orange County Slip and Fall Attorneys at Russell & Lazarus
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on another person’s property, talk to an experienced attorney. Liability for these accidents are very fact specific and you will want a knowledgeable Orange County slip and fall lawyer on your side to argue what is “reasonable.”
Contact a personal injury attorney at Russell & Lazarus to get started on your case. You can reach us by calling (949) 851-0222 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with an Orange County slip and fall attorney.