Slip & Fall Accident Attorneys in Chula Vista
What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents?
The most common cause of slip-and-fall accidents is some type of substance or item on the ground. Anything from banana peels (believe it or not) to oil can contribute to a fall. At The Sexton Law Firm, we have even had cases where people have slipped and fallen on candy in a grocery store aisle.
In these cases, some act of negligence was at play that led to painful and expensive injuries. Victims of negligence should not have to suffer from high medical bills while the are healing. Our attorneys will help you build a strong claim to seek the compensation you need to recover and move forward from your accident.
Notices and Liability in Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Slip-and-fall cases are very different from car accident cases or any other type of injury case. In slip-and-fall cases, the most important thing is to show awareness of a danger by the liable party, otherwise known as “notice.” Let’s say you slipped and fell on a banana peel in a grocery store. The store owners or employees would have to be aware of that banana peel, i.e. have notice of it, in order to be liable.
There is a second kind of notice, which is known as constructive notice. An example could be if there is a puddle in front of the ice machine and someone slips and falls on it. Although the store owner may not have known about the puddle, they should have known. That is what constructive notice is. They should have known, and they should have had precautions, like a mat in front of the ice machine. That was an inherently dangerous spot where people would be reasonably expected to slip and fall on the condensation and the ice melting on the ground.
Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, the first time an owner does have notice is when someone slips and falls. In the banana peel example, the store owner may not know there was a banana in the aisle. If someone had just reached in and pulled it out of the shelf and it got on the floor, and a few moments later someone came walking around the corner and slipped on it, that is not enough time to give them notice. In that example, although a horrible result, the store owner would not be held liable because they did not have enough notice to avoid a customer slipping and falling.
Building a Claim on Your Behalf
Lawyers at The Sexton Law Firm will work hard to uncover the truth in your matter to assign liability to negligent parties. We can help you seek the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, time taken off work to recover, and pain and suffering.
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