Sacramento Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common and scenarios that result in personal harm. One “simple” slip and fall can result in multiple broken bones, spinal cord injuries, concussions, and many other physical consequences depending on the circumstances. In construction, falls are the number one cause of worker death, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If you’ve been the victim of a harmful slip, trip, or fall accident, the team of dedicated slip and fall injury lawyers at Eric Ratinoff Law can help your case.
Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Not every slip and fall is grounds for filing a claim against someone, but many are. Determining fault after a harmful accident often takes a consultation with an experienced lawyer. Attorney, Eric Ratinoff, offers free initial meetings to discuss your case – he’ll even fly to your location around California to meet you if you are unable to travel due to your injuries. Our Sacramento injury attorneys have handled slip and fall cases dealing with hazards such as:
- Uneven curbs
- Damaged sidewalks
- Potholes, trenches, and ditches
- Icy parking lots or sidewalks
- Obstacles in walkways
- Loose cords or wires
- Wet and slippery floors
- Damaged floors
- Oily or greasy floors
- Unsafe carpeting
- Faulty staircases
- Inadequate lighting
Slips and falls can happen at grocery stores, restaurants, parks, playgrounds, the workplace, hospitals, or at private residences. Regardless of the location or cause of the slip and fall, the injured party may be able to file a claim if the property owner breached his or her duty to visitors.
California Premises Liability Laws
Slip and fall accidents take the form of premises liability cases in most situations. Premises liability describes the responsibility property owners have to keep their premises safe for visitors. According to the law, property owners owe specific cares of duty to visitors depending on their status:
- Invitees are people the owner expressly or implicitly invites to the property, such as customers to a business or friends to a party. Property owners owe the highest standard of care to invitees, and must repair known hazards, search for unknown ones, and properly warn visitors of potential dangers.
- These are people the property owner allows on the premises, but who appear of their own accord. Licensees may include salespeople or land surveyors. The property owner owes a slightly lower standard of care to licensees – they do not have to search for unknown hazards.
- Trespassers are people the property owner does not invite and who enter without permission. Property owners owe no standards of care to trespassers other than not to cause them harm. The only exception is if the trespassers are children, in which case they earn the same degree of care as licensees.
These brief descriptions may give you an idea of the duties of care the property owner owed you, depending on your status as a visitor at the time of your slip and fall. Always consult with an attorney about your specific case, rights, and legal options moving forward.
Speak with Our Sacramento Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
If you’ve suffered serious injury in a slip and fall accident, you owe it to yourself to call the attorneys at Eric Ratinoff Law. You have nothing to lose through our free, no-obligation consultations, and potentially a lot to gain. You may be eligible to recover a monetary award for your medical expenses, including future accident-related medical bills, as well as pain and suffering considerations, and lost wages from missed time at work. In California, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim. The sooner you contact our team of attorneys, the better. Call (916) 970-9100 today to schedule a consultation.