Lancaster Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and fall accidents are second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of personal injury in the country. These injuries include muscle tears and sprains, bruises and facial lacerations, broken bones including hip fractures, and back, neck and head injuries as well. Additionally, slip and fall accidents are responsible for about 17,000 deaths every year in the U.S.
Slip and fall accidents are often serious, and they are often the fault of property owners who failed in their duty to provide a reasonably safe premises. In Lancaster, the slip and fall attorneys at Kistler Law Firm help accidental injury victims recover compensation for the full range of damages caused to them by a property owner’s negligence, including medical expenses, physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost income, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, loss of quality of life and more. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall in Lancaster or the Antelope Valley, call the Kistler Law Firm for a free consultation with one of our experienced and successful southern California personal injury lawyers.
How does California premises liability law affect Lancaster slip and fall accident claims?
Unlike the law in some states, California premises liability does not place different sets of duties on property owners depending on the status of the injury victim as an invitee or licensee on the property. Rather, California property owners must provide a reasonably safe premises for all those lawfully on their property. What is reasonable depends on the circumstances, but in general property owners who invite the public onto their premises should regularly inspect those premises and promptly clean up or repair any hazards, or warn the public until the repair can be made.
When a resident of Lancaster slips and falls in a grocery store, restaurant, department store or other premises, the owner can be held liable for all the damages caused if the property owner, manager or other employee knew about the dangerous condition but failed to fix it or warn about it within a reasonable time after discovering the danger. Knowledge on the part of the property owner includes “constructive knowledge,” meaning the owner should have known about the danger had the owner taken reasonable steps to inspect the property as needed.
What makes Lancaster slip and fall accidents difficult to prove?
Often times, the hazard on the premises is a temporary condition, such as a liquid spill or slippery floor after mopping or waxing. To hold the owner liable, it may be necessary to prove that the accident occurred after the hazard was present for an unreasonable amount of time. This can be a challenging piece of negligence to prove, but the experienced and successful Lancaster slip & fall attorneys at the Kistler Law Firm know how to investigate an accident and collect evidence by talking to witnesses, reviewing security camera footage, obtaining employee logs of inspections and cleaning, and bringing in accident reconstruction professionals and industry experts as needed.
Other times, the hazard may not be temporary at all but a long-term danger on the property, such as a broken curb, broken step or protrusion in the ground. Here, the owner may claim the danger was so obvious the injury victim should have noticed it and avoided the accident. At the Kistler Law Firm, our Lancaster slip and fall lawyers work hard to place the blame for an accident where it belongs, and we fight to keep our clients from being unfairly painted as negligent or somehow responsible for the accident.
Call the Kistler Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys after a Lancaster Slip & Fall Accident
If you’ve been injured due to a slip and fall in Lancaster, call the Kistler Law Firm at 661-206-6990 for a free consultation with our experienced and successful Lancaster personal injury attorneys. We’ll help you get the medical care you need for your injuries, and we won’t charge a fee unless and until we recover compensation for you.