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Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys in Long Beach

Representing Victims of Serious Falls Throughout California

Wet floors, poor lighting, potholes, and damaged stairs are just a few of the conditions that can easily lead to slipping, tripping, or falling and suffering a devastating injury. Even in a best-case scenario, a slip and fall can take you out of the workplace for weeks or months while putting you through intense pain and trauma. In more severe cases, these injuries can significantly impact your ability to function for the rest of your life.

However, laws exist in California to protect victims of slips and falls, and you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and related damages. If a negligent property owner caused you to suffer a slip and fall injury, then you should not hesitate to contact a California slip and fall accident attorney at The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV. Our lead attorney has extensive experience in achieving sizable settlements for California accident victims and is not afraid to take a case to trial. Call us at (562) 901-0840 or toll-free at (888) 454-5569 to learn about your legal rights after a slip and fall accident.

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Common Slip and Fall Injuries

When someone envisions a slip and fall, they often think of a light stumble on an overturned carpet or crooked step, but accident victims know first-hand that these incidents can be far more damaging. While minor cases can end in strains and sprains, a fall down a flight of stairs or on hard concrete can lead to serious injuries.

While there are many types of injuries people sustain during a slip and fall, some of the most common injuries include:

Slip and fall injuries cannot simply be walked offed and often lead to extensive medical treatment for victims. If you live paycheck to paycheck in California, you may find it difficult to keep up with your daily job while dealing with an injury, especially if you require surgery and physical therapy. That is why it is important to investigate your case and determine what caused your injuries, so that you can prepare a personal injury claim.

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What Are Common Causes of Slips and Falls?

Slip and fall accidents fall under the legal field of premises liability, which refers to accidents and injuries caused by negligent property owners. Guests, visitors, and tenants all expect a property owner to make sure their business is free of safety hazards and, if they identify one, they must fix it in a timely manner. Otherwise, the owner can be held liable for any injuries that occur on their property as a result of the hazard.

When reviewing a slip and fall case, it is important to note where and how an accident occurred. Some of the common hazards that cause a person to slip and fall include:

In each case, you must understand that property owners and occupiers have a legal responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment—and these conditions are a violation of that responsibility.

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Wet Floor Slip and Fall Injuries

Some slip and falls result in short-lived embarrassment and a bruised ego, but in some cases, a slip and fall leads to serious or fatal injuries. A wet floor in a commercial or public building puts visitors and guests at risk of injury. Any establishment that fails to clearly warn visitors of an area that is wet or slippery, has an uneven walking surface, or other problem, can be dangerous.

A fall can cause soft tissue injuries like severe sprains and torn ligaments, fractures and broken bones, spinal cord, or brain injuries. Medical bills can skyrocket. A California personal injury attorney will fight to recover full and fair compensation for serious slip and fall injuries.

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Who is Liable?

Personal injury claims and lawsuits hinge on the legal concept of negligence. To establish negligence, evidence must be presented to prove:

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What is Reasonable Care?

Reasonable care is defined as acting within the expected standards of behavior. Unfortunately, there is no exact definition of what reasonable behavior means in court. Reasonable care to a judge and jury is best described by what a person in their right mind would do when placed in a similar situation.

In a lawsuit, the court will decide:

There are some limitations when filing a lawsuit after a wet floor slip and fall. If the visitor to the property was present in an area that is very clearly dangerous, the behavior could be considered reckless. If the injured party was trespassing, they cannot bring suit against the property owner as they should not have been on the property.

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California Law on Wet Floor Signs

There is no law in California that states property owners must display wet floor signs. Regardless, if spills or slippery surfaces do not have signage stating that caution is needed, the property owners may be held liable if someone slips and falls. Falls can, unfortunately, lead to very significant injuries. If you or your loved one sustained an injury in a wet floor area that should have been clearly marked as dangerous, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV should evaluate the facts in your case immediately.

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Who is Responsible for a Slip and Fall?

Under California law, property owners have a duty of care to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. They must routinely:

If there is any violation of this duty of care, and this violation results in your injury, the property owner or occupier can be held legally responsible for the accident and you might be eligible to file a claim.

On the other hand, if the property owner posted sufficient notices about dangerous conditions, and someone decides to ignore the notices and place themselves at unnecessary risk, the property owner will likely not be held liable. Sufficient notices can be as simple as wet floor signs or blocking off a dangerous stairwell. If a victim chose to walk into such an area despite the warnings, then they could not hold a property owner liable.

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Evidence in a Premises Liability Case

Recovering compensation for your injuries hinges on your ability to prove that the property owner is responsible for your injuries—and that requires evidence. If you or a loved one suffer a slip and fall accident, it is essential that you:

Your attorney may also be able to recover additional evidence while investigating your case, such as maintenance reports, social media posts, or surveillance footage that catalogs how your injuries occurred or if there is a history of accidents at that property.

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The Value of Your Case

The financial damages you deserve depend entirely on the severity of your injuries, any long-term impact they may have, and any effect they have on other parts of your life. Typically, slip and fall victims are eligible to be compensated for:

At The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV, we will perform a comprehensive analysis of your case and work with your doctors to determine the maximum fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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Get Legal Help Today

If you or a loved one have suffered in a slip and fall accident, the last thing you want to think about is filing a claim and dealing with legal battles. Sadly, medical bills tend to pile up fast. At The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV, our talented trial lawyer is on your side and here to help. The firm can take over every aspect of your case and fight on your behalf, allowing you to focus on what really matters: your recovery.

Mr. Low is a nationally-recognized Long Beach personal injury lawyer, former US Marine, and has been practicing law for over two decades. When you bring your case to us, you can trust that you are in the best hands. Contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV today at (562) 901-0840 or toll-free at (888) 454-5569 to schedule your free consultation.

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