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Slip and fall accidents can occur just about anywhere. Slip and fall accident lawsuits typically stem from instances of a person slipping and falling in a public space, such as a grocery store, a mall, a park, or even on a sidewalk or parking lot. The common theme running among these cases is that the slip and fall — and subsequent injuries — are the result of negligence or the poor condition of the property. Keep reading to find out the common causes of a slip and fall accident and to learn what to do if you are the victim of one.
Slip and fall accidents can occur inside or outside. Often, they are due to:
When you’re shopping or walking down the street, you don’t expect to encounter any hazards. The owner of the property owes each pedestrian or customer a “duty of care.” This means that they are responsible for ensuring that the area is free from hazards. So, they must repair uneven flooring, install high-intensity light bulbs, clear ice and snow, and mop up spills in a timely manner. If they cannot get to fixing an issue immediately, then they need to place a warning sign in the area to alert people of the potential danger.
If you’re severely injured, definitely call 911 for help. If you can walk and didn’t lose consciousness, then be sure to see your doctor as soon as you can. If there were any witnesses to the slip and fall, gather their contact information. And definitely, alert the store employees or property owners. Finally, if you can, take photos of the area where the slip and fall happened.
The final step is to contact an attorney to discuss the details of your case. An attorney can help protect your rights under California law. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident due to someone else’s negligence, call The May Firm at 1-844-MAYFIRM. We offer an initial free, no-obligation consultation.
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