SLIP & FALL

INJURIES

Don’t Allow Someone’s Negligence to Derail Your Future.

You could slip on a grape at the grocery store. You might catch your toe on an unmarked door threshold. You might even fall down a flight of stairs after grasping a broken handrail.

These accidents do more than cause embarrassment. You could tear muscles, tendons, and ligaments or fracture a bone. These accidents can even injure your brain or spinal cord.

Premises liability refers to the duty to keep property reasonably safe from hazards. When you injure yourself on someone else’s property due to their negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.

For a free legal consultation with a slip & fall injury lawyer serving Bakersfield, call 800.672.5295

How Can an Attorney Help Obtain Compensation After a Slip and Fall Accident in Bakersfield?

The lawyers at the law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen (OPO) have over 40 years of combined experience in handling slip and fall accident cases. During that time, the firm has filed, settled, or tried cases to jury verdicts in excess of $1 billion dollars in compensation for clients, including victims of slip and fall accidents.

Every slip and fall accident has unique features, from the negligent acts that led to the slip and fall to the injuries you sustained. We tailor our services to find out what happened in your accident. This allows us to protect your legal interests and make out the best case possible for compensation.

The damages recoverable in a slip and fall case include:

  • Expenses for medical treatment, physical therapy, and medication
  • Income lost during your treatment and recovery
  • Diminished earning capacity resulting from temporary or permanent disability
  • Non-economic losses, like physical pain and mental suffering

To obtain these damages, you must prove that the person or business that owned, occupied, managed, or controlled the premises acted negligently. In slip and fall cases, this means the hazard existed because they failed to exercise reasonable care.

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    You could slip on a grape at the grocery store. You might catch your toe on an unmarked door threshold. You might even fall down a flight of stairs after grasping a broken handrail.

    These accidents do more than cause embarrassment. You could tear muscles, tendons, and ligaments or fracture a bone. These accidents can even injure your brain or spinal cord.

    Premises liability refers to the duty to keep property reasonably safe from hazards. When you injure yourself on someone else’s property due to their negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.

    For a free legal consultation with a slip & fall injury lawyer serving Bakersfield, call 800.672.5295

    How Can an Attorney Help Obtain Compensation After a Slip and Fall Accident in Bakersfield?

    The lawyers at the law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen (OPO) have over 40 years of combined experience in handling slip and fall accident cases. During that time, the firm has filed, settled, or tried cases to jury verdicts in excess of $1 billion dollars in compensation for clients, including victims of slip and fall accidents.

    Every slip and fall accident has unique features, from the negligent acts that led to the slip and fall to the injuries you sustained. We tailor our services to find out what happened in your accident. This allows us to protect your legal interests and make out the best case possible for compensation.

    The damages recoverable in a slip and fall case include:

    • Expenses for medical treatment, physical therapy, and medication
    • Income lost during your treatment and recovery
    • Diminished earning capacity resulting from temporary or permanent disability
    • Non-economic losses, like physical pain and mental suffering

    To obtain these damages, you must prove that the person or business that owned, occupied, managed, or controlled the premises acted negligently. In slip and fall cases, this means the hazard existed because they failed to exercise reasonable care.

    Contact Us Today

    Request a Free
    Consultation




      The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

      Disclaimer:



      How to Recover Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident in Bakersfield

      Not every slip and fall accident will support an injury claim. When you suffer an unavoidable injury, there is no legal liability for your damages. But if your injury resulted from the negligent actions of a person or business, you may have a claim for damages.

      But the burden of proving negligence falls on the claimant. This means that you and your lawyer must point to a specific lapse by the person or business that owned, occupied, or controlled the premises. And you must show that this negligent act caused your injuries. 

      Most people rely on an injury lawyer to develop the theory of the case and assemble the evidence to support that theory.

      To prepare for your slip and fall case, we may need to:

      • Investigate the accident
      • Gather evidence to prove liability
      • File an insurance claim for compensation
      • Negotiate to settle the claim
      • File and litigate a lawsuit if we cannot reach a settlement

      Investigating the accident and gathering evidence can take on special significance in a slip and fall accident. Unlike a car accident, police rarely investigate slip and fall accidents and produce an accident report. Instead, the best evidence of negligence will often rest in the hands of the person or business accused of negligence.

      For example, a slip and fall accident in a store might have many witnesses and even security camera footage that can verify what happened. But investigating what happened may require an injury lawyer to:

      • Find customers who witnessed the accident
      • Interview store employees and managers
      • Obtain a copy of security videos

      Throughout your case, we will remain up to date on your injuries and treatment. The severity and duration of your injuries will play a key role in determining your damages. We will also work with you to identify your goals for your case so we understand whether we can settle the case or need to take the case to court.

      Common Injuries in a Slip and Fall Accident

      In a slip and fall accident, your feet lose traction. Your feet usually slide forward, which makes you fall backward. As you fall, you can hit your hip, back, neck, or head on the ground. You might also try to break your fall by reaching back with your arms. This can lead to hand, wrist, elbow, arm, and shoulder injuries.

      In a trip and fall accident, your foot or leg catches on something or you lose your footing. Your momentum causes you to fall forward. When you impact the ground, you hit your hands, wrists, arms, elbows, knees, chest, or head.

      Common injuries in a falling accident include:

      • Fractured or sprained wrists
      • Fractured or sprained knees
      • Fractured hips
      • Fractured arms
      • Fractured ribs
      • Fractured vertebra
      • Fractured skull
      • Dislocated elbows or shoulders
      • Herniated discs
      • Strained back muscles

      Falling accidents can also lead to long-standing problems. A bump on the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), like a concussion or contusion. A herniated disc or fractured vertebra can compress or sever the spinal cord. This can cause nerve pain, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and paralysis.

      Consequences of Slip and Fall Accidents

      Slip and fall accidents happen frequently and can have grave consequences. About 8 million emergency room visits happen every year due to falls. Of these, about 1 million ER visits happen after a slip and fall accident.

      Injuries after a fall range in severity from bumps and bruises to death. Falls have an especially severe impact on older people. Falls are the leading cause of accident-related death for people over 85 and the second-leading cause of accident-related death for people between the ages of 65 and 85.

      Even for younger people, falls can result in a temporary or permanent disability that causes them to miss work or change jobs. This could lead to a loss of income or even a permanent diminishment in earning capacity.

      Who Pays Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries?

      The person or business that controlled the premises will have liability for negligence that occurred on the premises. For example, suppose a shop in Bakersfield leases its space from a property owner. The lease requires the property owner to maintain the stairs leading to the shop.

      If your accident happened on the stairs, you would file your claim against the property owner. If your accident happened inside the shop, you would file your claim against the store owner.

      But this only provides part of the story. Most owners, occupiers, and managers of land have property liability insurance. For homeowners, this coverage usually appears in their homeowner’s insurance policy. For residential tenants, this coverage usually comes from their renter’s insurance policy. For businesses that rent or own property, a property insurance policy and general business liability policy usually cover on-premises accidents.

      When you suffer from an injury in a slip and fall accident, you usually begin with the liability insurer for the property on which the accident happened. If the insurer agrees that their customer acted negligently, the insurer will pay your claim.

      If you cannot reach a settlement agreement with the insurer, you will file a lawsuit against the person or business that controlled the premises. The insurer will be responsible for any damages awarded, up to the policy limits.

      To discuss your slip and fall accident with an experienced and knowledgeable injury lawyer, contact OPO or a free consultation. During your consultation, you can tell us about your injuries and how you got them. We will then help you to devise a legal strategy to seek fair compensation for your damages.

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      If you or a loved one has been the victim of a slip and fall accident, contact Owen, Patterson & Owen to schedule your consultation. During this free evaluation, an experienced attorney will review your case and advise your best options to recover the maximum amount of compensation.
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