When someone is injured by a slip and fall, the owner of the property may be responsible for any damages that occur. Sometimes the damages can be extensive, leading to medical bills, missed workdays, or even long-term disability. Here are some of the factors that the final settlement should be based upon.
- The extent of the injuries – The more serious you are hurt in the fall, the greater the final settlement will be. If you don’t experience any loss, there is no case. Sometimes, people just fall and nothing is hurt but their pride. Lawsuits are for injuries.
- The total amount of the medical bills – The at-fault party should cover all of the medical expenses for your injury. This includes any expenses that are incurred because you had to go to an out-of-network physician.
- Any lost wages – Wages can be lost in two ways due to an injury. If you miss workdays, that’s a loss. This is true even if they were paid sick days because you had to use those days, which have value. Additionally, you may have lost future wages if you are unable to return to work or have to change your type of work due to the injuries.
- Personal impact – The settlement should include compensation for intangible losses such as ongoing pain or disability.
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In California, state and local governments are partially protected from lawsuits by the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA). This act makes it more difficult to sue the government, but not impossible. While the act claims that public entities are not liable for injuries the way an individual or a private business would be, there are some exceptions. Here is what you should know.
- The statute of limitations is 6 months from the time of the accident – This is much less time than usual for a personal injury case in California, so you need to act without delay.
- There needs to have been sufficient notice – If no one reported the dangerous situation to the government, they can’t be held negligent for failure to correct the problem. When it comes to a private business, a sufficient passage of time from when the dangerous situation arose to when the accident took place is enough to prove negligence, but public entities are not responsible for noticing potential hazards.
- There must be negligence on the part of a government employee – This is the only other way a public entity can be held liable for what happens on the premises. For example, if a government employee creates a dangerous situation and intentionally ignores it, then the public entity may be liable vicariously through the negligent worker.
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If you fall and get hurt in a store, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. However, before you skip to the settlement, there are a few essential things to do. Here is a 5-step plan if you are ever injured in a retail store.
- Seek medical attention – If you have been injured by a slip and fall, call an ambulance. This is especially true if you have hit your head or think your neck or back may have experienced damage.
- Report the injury to the business – You will likely have to fill out an injury report. You can do this right away if your injuries are not life-threatening. Make sure you get a copy.
- Take photo or video evidence – Most of us carry a smartphone nowadays, so you should be able to document the scene of the injury and what caused the fall.
- Get follow-up medical care – Even if you don’t end up in the ER because your injuries are not life-threatening, you could still experience long-term health issues. Be sure to get the care you need in the coming days, weeks, or even months after the accident.
- Hire a personal injury attorney who practices in the state where your injury occurred.
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A slip and fall injury can result in massive medical bills regardless of whether you are able to block your fall with your arms and legs or your head ends up striking the ground. When you have been injured due to the negligence of an individual, business, or public entity, you should receive compensation for your losses. Here are a few tips to help you get what you deserve.
- Go to the doctor – Without a diagnosis, you are unlikely to receive any compensation. Remember that the settlement should cover your medical bills, so don’t let the cost of medical care stop you from getting the help you need.
- Gather evidence – Photos of the scene and a copy of the accident report will help to build your case. Remember that you should track your medical bills, missed workdays, and other evidence that you experienced losses due to the injury.
- Contact a personal injury attorney – You are going to be dealing with an insurance company that wants to pay out as little as possible. They will try to get you to admit fault or may engage in other tactics to reduce or eliminate your settlement. A lawyer is necessary to maximize your compensation.
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If you trip and fall on the sidewalk, in a store, or anywhere else, there is always the potential for injury. The fact is that most people will put their arms out to protect themselves from a fall. Therefore, the first type of injury you should be on the lookout for is in your hands and arms.
While a broken bone will probably be immediately noticeable, sometimes a hairline fracture can occur. You may feel an ache in the injured bone following the accident. Don’t ignore the pain. It is worth it to get the injury checked out to make sure that there isn’t any severe damage. Remember that the property owner (likely by means of their insurance) should be expected to cover the medical expenses if the accident was due to negligence on the part of the owner, business, or an employee.
At other times, you may not fall hard enough to need to put your hands out. You may simply land on your knees. While scratches are going to be immediately noticeable, you may not identify underlying damage to the knee until later. Again, it is better to get checked out immediately so that unseen damage doesn’t have time to fester and grow worse.
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Have you experienced an injury resulting from a public entity? Maybe you first would like a description of what a public entity is in order to be certain. Here are three examples of places or ways you may experience an injury that would qualify as a public entity.
- At a government building (federal, state, or local)
- On roadways operated by federal, state, or local governments
- In an accident involving a vehicle owned by a federal, state, or local government and operated by an employee of such governments
Does this mean you are out of luck because a government agency or employee is involved? Not at all. However, there are a few things that you should know when you seek compensation from a public entity.
- Your statute of limitations is cut to just six months if you are making such a claim in the state of California – the six months begins from the time of the injury
- Claims in California against public entities can include car or bus accidents, medical neglect, school injuries, slip and fall accidents, breach of contract, assault, and several other types of claims – just don’t expect to make a claim if you were injured while breaking the law
- Always hire an attorney before filing a claim with a public entity
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One common location for slip and fall injuries is at a hotel. Whether you slip on a wet floor in the lobby or get caught up on bunched carpeting in a hallway, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses and other losses. Here are a few things that you need to remember.
- You have to prove you belonged there – If you sneak onto hotel property and slip by the pool, that’s your fault. But if you have proof that you were staying at the hotel, then the duty of care to keep you safe is on them.
- File a report – The hotel manager can help you submit an incident or accident report (the title may be different depending on the hotel chain, but the idea is the same). Make sure you get a copy of the report.
- Don’t wait to see a doctor – If you are hurt, don’t put off medical care. Get the help you need first and worry about seeking compensation later. Sometimes you may not realize just how injured you are because of the shock, so don’t think you can just walk it off.
- See if there are any witnesses – If so, get contact information from them so you can get in touch later if the case requires it.
- Take pictures – Just about everyone has a smartphone nowadays, so use yours to take some pictures of the scene and what caused the slip and fall.
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A slip and fall injury can be caused in many different ways. When it is due to negligence on the part of a business, organization, or individual, you may be eligible for compensation. This can help you to offset medical bills, missed workdays, or other losses that are related to the injury.
We are going to address a couple of misconceptions that people have about slip and fall claims. This will help you to receive the compensation that you deserve.
- You can take your time making a claim – The fact is that there is a statute of limitations on claims. This limitation on when you can make a claim relates to what you are seeking compensation for as well as who you are seeking it from. The best way to handle a slip and fall injury is to begin your claim as soon as possible.
- You don’t want a lawyer taking a cut – Yes, it will cost you some money to get assistance in making your claim. However, signing off on a lowball settlement is a lot more costly. An insurance company, corporation, or government agency is never going to offer you what you truly deserve. They pick a number that is just high enough to entice you to walk away. You need professional assistance to get what you deserve.
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Slip and fall accidents happen all the time, but not every case leads to a settlement. If you want to seek compensation for your losses, including medical bills, then there are a few things that you have to be able to prove. Here are the three proofs you need to ensure the property owner will have to pay out.
- The owner or someone in his or her employ created the dangerous condition that led to the fall. This is the first requirement because you can’t hold the owner responsible for something that was your fault. If you spill a soda and then slip on the ice, you can’t hold someone else accountable for that.
- The owner or someone in his or her employ was aware the situation existed and didn’t do anything to correct it. Now let’s take things one step further. Let’s say someone else spills a drink right in front of you and you slip on it. That’s still not the owner’s fault. There was no time to discover the danger and correct it. However, if an employee saw the spill, went to get a mop, got distracted, and just left it there for a few minutes, now there was clearly time for someone to do something about it.
- The owner or someone is his or her in employ should have known about the dangers. What if there was uneven pavement on the front walkway of a building? It could have been there for years. There is no way the owner can say that he or she didn’t know about the problem, even if they only come to the property occasionally.
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Even if the company’s liability insurance is going to cover the claim, they will still want to get away with settling for as little as possible. Before you sign anything, call the personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm in San Diego. We can help you to maximize your settlement. Schedule a consultation by calling 619-344-0360 today.Read More
When a person suffers a slip and fall injury, a settlement usually takes place. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before signing a settlement agreement and before rejecting one. Here are two important things to remember.
- You only get one shot. Once you sign the settlement agreement, it will protect the defendant from further lawsuits. So to be sure you are getting the full compensation you deserve, you should seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney before signing anything. Many people try to reach a settlement themselves to avoid paying out a cut to an attorney, but the amount they get shortchanged would have more than paid the legal fees.
- You only have two years to file suit in a slip and fall case in California. That means you need to hire an attorney right away in case things do go to court. Once those two years are up, all settlements will be off the table because opposing counsel will know that you can no longer sue, no matter how serious your injuries were.
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