Sacramento Slip and Fall Lawyer

Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents may sound superficial but they can cause serious injuries. Dangerous, hazardous, or poorly maintained properties are often the cause and property owners and managers are responsible for ensuring their premises are safe and secure. Slip and fall cases are some of the most common premises liability claims and there are varying degrees of liability involved in these types of cases. Due to the complex nature of these claims, it is best you speak with a qualified Sacramento slip and fall attorney as soon as possible following an accident.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, it is in your best interest to contact a slip and fall accident attorney as soon as possible. There are time limits for filing a slip and fall accident claim, and a qualified attorney can guide you through the legal process.

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Why Trust Us with Handling Your Slip and Fall Injury Claim?

Hiring a Sacramento slip and fall attorney from the team at Rosenthal Law has the following advantages:

  • We offer a free consultation with a lawyer. If you cannot travel to our office, we can arrange a free Uber ride to and from our office for the consultation.
  • We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis; you’ll never owe attorney’s fees unless we obtain a settlement or court judgment on your behalf.
  • You can be confident your case will receive the highest level of attention from the investigation phase all the way through trial.
  • We get to know our clients on a personal level and never forget that we are fighting for the rights and dignity of that person.

If you recently sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident and believe that a property owner may be responsible, contact Rosenthal Law today to schedule a free review of your legal options. We help California residents obtain fair compensation for injuries caused by another party’s negligence. Call (916) 774-7200 today for a free consultation.

Do I Have a Case?

There are an endless number of circumstances in which you may have been injured on someone else’s property but some situations are more common than others. It is always advisable to seek the counsel of a Sacramento slip and fall attorney to determine if you have a case and the examples outlined below are merely guidelines. Common slip and fall injury cases involve many types of poorly maintained conditions, including:

  • Defective sidewalk, driveway, parking lot, road, or pavement
  • Structural defects such as uneven steps, broken tiles, potholes, or torn carpeting
  • Weather hazards such as snow, ice, or other adverse conditions

How Much Is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?

Slip and fall lawyers and insurers may use one of several methods to determine what a personal injury case is worth. In general, a slip and fall case addresses:

  • Economic damages – medical bills, lost wages, and any other projected costs related to the care and rehabilitation of an injury.
  • General damages – compensate for the intangible losses a plaintiff suffers. Examples include physical pain, suffering, and any emotional anguish the victim may suffer.

A Sacramento personal injury attorney will negotiate based not only on a plaintiff’s medical bills but also the intangible consequences of the experience.

How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Slip and Fall Lawyer?

Many victims of injuries may hesitate to pursue a personal injury claim because they think they cannot afford an attorney. However, many personal injury attorneys work on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that the plaintiff does not owe any attorney’s fees unless the law firm obtains a successful outcome on his or her behalf – whether it’s a settlement or court judgment. This allows slip and fall attorneys to be selective about the kinds of cases they handle and also gives everyone the opportunity to receive quality legal services.

How Can a Slip and Fall Lawyer Help?

At Rosenthal Law, a Sacramento slip and fall lawyer can help by:

  • Reviewing your case for free
  • Starting on your case immediately and with no upfront fees
  • Visiting you in your hospital room or sending you transportation if you cannot come to us
  • Helping you get the medical care you need
  • Never charging you anything unless and until we recover compensation for you.

Slip and fall accidents often result in serious injuries. At Rosenthal Law, our attorneys will fight to secure fair and just compensation on your behalf.  We will handle every aspect of your case, including:

  • Communicating with any insurer(s)
  • Identifying all liable parties
  • Investigating the accident scene
  • Documenting lost income and determine future economic loss
  • Documenting medical expenses and determine future medical costs
  • Representing your interests in settlement negotiations
  • If needed, taking your case to trial

Our slip and fall attorneys work tirelessly to help you receive just and fair compensation for your injuries. At Rosenthal Law, we pride ourselves in the meticulous attention we pay to details and evidence in slip and fall investigations. Contact us today to explore our approach to slip and fall claims.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

A slip and fall accident can happen in any public or private place. Generally, the property owner’s insurance is responsible for any accident-related injuries or losses suffered by the victim.

Some of the most common causes of slip and falls include:

  • Uneven floor or pavement surfaces
  • Wet or heavily waxed floors
  • Loose floorboards, rugs, or mats
  • Potholes
  • Spills
  • Debris
  • Poor overhead lighting
  • Absence or non-use of a handrail
  • Rushing up and downstairs
  • Using a chair or other piece of furniture instead of a ladder

There are individual workers whose occupations experience more slip and fall injuries than others, such as:

  • Construction workers
  • Housekeeping and custodial workers
  • Restaurant workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Factory workers

Types of Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall accidents leave victims with severe injuries. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death for Americans each year. Risks of injury and death from falls increase with the age of the victim.

Slip and fall accidents result in the following injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprained ankles or wrists
  • Knee damage
  • Shoulder dislocations or muscle strains
  • Spine and nerve damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cuts and bruises

Falls put a body off-balance. When a victim tries to right themselves, they may make an uneven step or unusually twist their body. A sprained ankle, knee, or wrist may result. If a victim lands on a body part with a great force upon landing, a bone may break.

Direct impact on the spine, nerves, or head may cause grave harm, including permanent nerve damage. Brain injuries sometimes go unrecognized and evolve into lifelong medical issues.

Elements of a Slip and Fall Claim

To recover damages in a slip and fall lawsuit, the following elements must apply:

  • A dangerous or defective condition existed on the property. Common examples of dangerous conditions may include inadequate lighting, slippery floors, a broken staircase, or an uneven sidewalk. Additionally, that defect must be proximally responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries.
  • The owner did or should have reasonably known about the defective condition. Property owners, under California law, must take reasonable steps to maintain their properties and prevent injury. Failure to do so could give rise to a personal injury suit.
  • The condition existed long enough that the property owner had adequate time to address it. This lays the groundwork for negligence.

A knowledgeable Sacramento slip and fall lawyer at Rosenthal Law can help you determine whether or not these elements are present in your specific case.

Can a Tenant Sue a Landlord for Injury?

Like all other property owners, landlords have a duty to properly maintain their premises, warn tenants of any potential risks, and make all dwellings safe for lessees. A landlord may be liable for any injuries that a tenant or visitor incurs when failure to fulfill these conditions leads to injury.

For example, if a tenant slips and falls on a broken stair that the landlord knew about and did not address, then he or she may be liable for any injuries that result. Similarly, he or she may be liable for damage caused by asbestos or mold if he or she knew about it but failed to disclose it to the tenants before signing the lease.

What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident

After a slip and fall accident, there are some steps to take to protect one’s legal rights. They are as follows:

  • Seek immediate medical help
  • Report the incident.  If the establishment where the slip-and-fall occurred has incident reports, ask for a copy
  • Take pictures of the site where the fall happened, if possible
  • Record witness phone numbers and addresses
  • See a doctor for follow-up care.  Some slip and fall injuries take longer to appear than others
  • Do not post to social media.  This can hurt your case
  • Contact an experienced slip and fall attorney

An experienced slip and fall attorney can help pursue compensation for the costs associated with a slip and fall accident against a negligent property owner.

Speak with a Slip and Fall Attorney in Sacramento Today

The Sacramento premises liability attorneys at Rosenthal Law have over two decades of experience handling serious premises liability cases, which is why our firm does not entertain frivolous lawsuits. Our attorneys know that a fall can lead to ongoing physical issues that can require therapy, surgery or lifelong pain. When someone was responsible for keeping his or her property maintained and you suffered from it, our firm will work hard to develop a strong case on your behalf so you can get the compensation you deserve.

If you are wondering if your case is serious, contact us online or call us at (916) 774-7200 to discuss your circumstances with a lawyer. Rosenthal Law offers free consultations and all personal injury claims are handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay no attorney fees unless you win. Our law firm is dedicated to helping injured parties in the Sacramento area.