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5 Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Suffering a slip and fall injury is never fun. If you slip and fall as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Here are the steps you should take after a slip and fall on someone else’s property.

Call Medical Help

The first thing to do is take care of yourself. Get medical help so that you can be checked for any broken or sprained bones or other injuries. Having a medical assessment will also give you the opportunity to get documentation about the nature of your injuries.

Document the Evidence

Before leaving the scene, make sure to document the evidence. Take notes of your account. Take pictures of the area and of the things that caused your fall (for example, an icy stairway). This way, the property owner won’t be able to hide the evidence after you leave.

Collect Witnesses

Were there any people who witnessed what happened? Get their names and contact details so you can get in touch with them and collaborate your account. Witnesses are important when the property owner is denying your story.

Keep Your Mouth Shut

Don’t make any statements to the property owner or their lawyers that can be used against you to minimize your compensation. Don’t talk to the insurance agency before you talk to a lawyer. It’s best not to post about your case on social media either.

Get Legal Help

Finally, it’s time to contact an attorney. An experienced lawyer will be able to get your case through all the necessary channels. This way, you will get all the compensation that you deserve.

Suffered a slip and fall injury? Contact us today for help!

Can You Sue The City If You Fall on a Broken Sidewalk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

We have all walked down some pretty terrible sidewalks, the kind that haven’t even been looked at by a city maintenance crew for a couple of decades. A select unlucky few may have even tripped and fallen on these sidewalks and gotten seriously injured. These tripping injuries fall within the realms of slip and fall personal injury cases, but who is to blame when you are on public property?

The city.

If you injury was caused because of a poorly maintained sidewalk, then that injury is the fault of the city. City employees are responsible for maintaining sidewalk properties. If they fail to do so and it ends with you getting injured, then you have a right to sue the city to cover the costs of your injury.

Unfortunately, personal injury cases against the city are not always the easiest cases to pursue. As there have been so many false claims against the city, expect heavy investigation into your injuries as well as well as your personal life. However, if your injuries are real, devastating, and the proven fault of poorly maintained sidewalks, you can expect not only damages to cover your injury, but other punitive damages as well. However, perhaps the best part is that you can be sure that the city will prioritize fixing up that sidewalk to prevent it from costing them more.

If you were injured on one of the less than lovely sidewalks in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Offices of Freeman and Freeman can do for you.

Don’t Delay Medical Care After a Slip and Fall Injury

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Falls are the number one cause of unintended injury, and while they happen every day, many people do not seek medical attention, let alone legal recourse against those responsible for it. Why is that? While slip and fall injuries can cause bruising, swelling, back pain, muscle aches, and immobility, often injuries aren’t so apparent immediately after the injury.

Often, fall injuries don’t present symptoms until the day after the injury, with some symptoms not manifesting for up to a week after. However, while you might think you can walk off an injury, if you want justice from the responsible party, don’t slip up and put off medical treatment.

Not only are you doing harm to yourself by not seeking medical treatment, but you are practically killing your case. If you put off going to the doctor for a day or two after a fall, that is understandable. However, the longer you wait to get medical treatment, the more likely it is that the legal representative of the responsible party will say that your slip and fall injuries were caused by something else. Why else would you wait to see a doctor?

It is best to go to a doctor immediately after a slip and fall accident, if not for your own health, for the health of your potential case. Often, doctors can diagnose an injury before the symptoms even start. If you have been a victim of a slip and fall injury and want to seek damages for your injuries, contact us today.

What You Need to Prove for a Slip and Fall Injury Claim

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Accidents happen every day. but most are harmless. We pick ourselves up and keep going. However, when an accident happens that is a little more severe, you may be able to get help with your medical bills. Unfortunately, when you get hurt in common accidents like slip and falls, they can be hard to prove. In order to hold another party responsible, there are a few simple things that you need to prove.

Proving Negligence

When proving negligence, or that the owner of the property knew about the danger and knowingly ignored it, the term "reasonable" is thrown around a lot. You need to be able to prove that they knew about the danger and just let it exist. This means that:

  • It existed for a reasonable amount of time before the accident that the owner had to know.

  • The property was routinely checked for dangers.

  • There was reasonable justification for the creation of a potential hazard.

  • There was no visible warning signage.

Proving You Didn't Cause the Accident

Often the best defense against a slip and fall case is that the property owner infers that you caused the accident yourself. Comparative fault states that you, in some way, had equal fault in causing the accident.

  • Were you engaging in an activity that prevented you from noticing the hazard (texting, reading while walking, ect)?

  • Were you supposed to be in that area?

  • Did you ignore adequate warning signs?

If you can prove all of the above, then you already have a strong case for a slip and fall claim. If your accident happened in the Los Angeles area, Freeman & Freeman may be able to help you. Contact us today to learn more.


What You Should Know About Slip and Fall Injuries / Premises Liability

Friday, June 17, 2016

Slip and fall injuries/premises liability are areas of the law that can be confusing. It is not always easy to tell who is responsible for the costs of injuries caused when someone slips and falls in a public place, or even in the residence of a friend or acquaintance. There are times when the property owner should take responsibility, and times when he or she is not liable.

To be legally responsible for the injuries suffered from slipping and falling on another person's property, one of the following stipulations must be true:

  • Since a "reasonable" employee or premises owner should have been on the lookout for a dangerous surface, discovered and removed or repaired it.
  • The property owner or an employee of the business where the fall occurred must have known about the dangers inherent in the surface, but did nothing to rectify it.
  • An employee, or the owner of the property where the fall occurred, caused the situation (such as a spill, torn carpeting or other dangerous surface) and did nothing to rectify it.

In virtually all slip or trip and fall cases, one must determine whether or not his or her carelessness contributed to the cause of the accident. The rules of "comparative negligence" help determine and measure the degree to which one's own reasonableness in certain factors, such as why the injured party was going where he or she went, or what the injured party did, just prior to the accident.

It takes the assistance of an experienced, professional attorney to sort through all the confusing details of a slip and fall injury case and to help determine whether or not the owner or employee of a premises was at fault. If you live in the vicinity of Los Angeles or the greater LA area, and were injured due to a slip and fall accident, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We can help.


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