Consider how many times you walk onto the personal or business property of another person in any given day in California:
- If you start your day with a trip to your local coffeehouse, you are on the private property of another, which he or she has opened to the public for business use;
- If you were to then stop by the gas station in order to fill your car up with gas, once again you would be on the private property of a business owner;
- Once you arrive at the office, you are (once again) on the private property of another – your employer;
- Going home, if you stop at the grocery store or go to a restaurant, yet again (you guessed it!) you are on the property of another person.
A slip and fall injury can suddenly occur at any one of these locations, or any other time you find yourself on the property of another, whether for personal or business purposes. No matter your occupation or income level, you are at risk of a slip and fall or trip and fall injury whenever you leave your home.
What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall?
Slips and falls that happen while you are lawfully present on another’s property can be the basis for a successful personal injury lawsuit against the property owner. Depending on the actions you take immediately after the fall, recovering compensation through such a lawsuit may or may not be a straightforward endeavor:
- Seek medical attention, especially if you struck your head or believe you may have suffered a serious injury: Obtaining prompt medical attention for any injuries you may have suffered will not only help prevent your injuries and the effects thereof from worsening, but doing so will also limit the property owner’s ability to claim your own carelessness contributed to the severity of your injuries and losses.
- Do not sign any waiver or release: Carefully review any release or waiver that is presented to you by the property owner. Some owners may promise you a cash payment in exchange for your signature on such a form, but signing may mean giving up important legal rights. Have an experienced attorney review and discuss the waiver with you prior to signing.
- Speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your rights: Like other types of personal injury suits, you only have a limited amount of time within which to initiate your claim for compensation. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the sooner you can begin the process of obtaining monetary damages for your injuries.
Contact Your Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have slipped and fallen while on the property of another and your fall was due to an obstruction or hazard the property owner failed to correct or warn you about, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Case Barnett Law today at (949) 861-2990, or contact us online for assistance.