As with many states throughout the country, California has strict rules about accidents on someone else’s property. The owner of any property, whether it is a business or is residential, has the responsibility to ensure the property is reasonably safe. The property owner is responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect anyone who may visit the property specifically. When someone suffers from a trip-and-fall accident, then that responsibility may have been neglected depending on the situation. The Centers for Disease Control reports that there are more than 120,000 unintentional deaths every year. This does include trips and falls. People don’t realize that falls can be this dangerous. However, they do result in deaths on a regular basis.
The Causes of Trip-and-Fall Accidents
These types of accidents can occur for a number of different reasons, and they almost always lead back to negligence on the property owner’s part. Common causes of trip-and-fall accidents are:
- Uneven sidewalks or flooring
- Sidewalks or flooring left in disrepair
- Exposed wires left on the floor
- Uneven stairs or stairs in disrepair
- Bad lighting making it hard to see the floor
- Throw rugs
- Random objects in unexpected places on the floor
It is very easy to trip and fall when you are in new surroundings too. The property owner may know to avoid a certain spot or situation, but you cannot know these conditions exist. This could result in a fall and these accidents can be very dangerous.
The Injuries of Trip-and-Fall Accidents
People don’t always realize just how dangerous trip-and-fall accidents actually can be. If your feet get tripped up, you are going to fall very quickly with little or no time to find a way to brace yourself. As a result, you could suffer from injuries such as:
- Bruises and cuts
- Broken ribs
- Broken bones, especially in the arms, legs, and hips
- Dislocated shoulders
- Head injuries and brain damage
- Spinal injuries
- Disability (temporary or permanent)
Trip-and-fall accidents on stairs or in close quarters can be especially dangerous since they often result in detrimental head injuries. These accidents do result in deaths, so they shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Pursuing a Case
If you have been a victim of a trip-and-fall accident, you do need to find out if your case is actionable. If you hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, they will know the things to look for. It will be important to prove responsibility or liability for the conditions that led to your accident. Essentially, the property owner had to have been negligent in some way. A case of this type involves some difficult laws and legal situations to navigate. If you leave it in the hands of “just any” attorney, you may not be happy with the results, and you could end up dealing with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills on your own. As the victim, you should not be left in this type of situation. In any type of premises liability cases, it is extremely vital that you choose your legal representation carefully. If you are a victim, then contact the attorneys at Thompson Wedeking. We have extensive experience with accident cases like this and we will aggressively pursue litigation in trip-and-fall accidents. We understand California liability laws and we are prepared to use our knowledge to fight for your rights. When you contact us, we will offer a free evaluation of the case to determine where the liability falls. This is the best way to determine if the case is actionable and to find the best way to proceed. Call us today.