It can be difficult to secure compensation if you were injured in a slip and fall accident in California. In order to get damages for your medical expenses and other losses, you will need to demonstrate that someone else caused your accident.
Proving negligence in a slip and fall accident in California can be tricky if you don’t get help. Fortunately, the Simmrin Law Group is here to assist you today. You can contact us by calling (310) 896-2723 to speak to a slip and fall accident lawyer in California. Let’s go over what it takes to prove negligence in slip and fall cases now.
Understanding Negligence in California Slip and Fall Accidents
Before we can focus on the methods to prove negligence in slip and fall cases, we need to review how California defines negligence. Property owners in California can be considered negligent only if:
- They owed you a duty of care
- They breached said the duty of care
- The breach of duty caused you to fall
- Your fall accident caused you injuries
- Your injuries resulted in economic damages
The team at the Simmrin Law Group can start working to establish negligence in your slip and fall accident case now.
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Defining Duty of Care in California Slip and Fall Cases
For the most part, California’s definition of negligence is fairly straightforward. However, the concept of a duty of care may be tricky to understand. Put simply, the duty of care means that a property owner has a responsibility to recognize and remove hazards from their property. Property owners in California may violate their duty of care if they:
- Become aware of a hazardous condition and
- Do not remove the hazard in a reasonable amount of time OR
- Do not issue warnings regarding the hazard to guests
Property owners may be expected to have policies in place to regularly check for hazards in their property. If they ignored these policies, they could violate their duty of care. Failure to adhere to reasonable precautions to prevent hazards may also represent a breach of a property owner’s duty of care, allowing you to seek compensation for your injuries in court.
If you slipped and fell because a property owner failed to uphold their duty of care, you can contact the Simmrin Law Group at (310) 896-2723. We’re ready to investigate your case now to build a slip and fall claim for you.
Reviewing Comparative Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases
Thus far, we have discussed negligence from property owners in slip and fall cases in California. However, it’s important that you understand that California is a comparative negligence state. This means that multiple people can be held responsible for an accident, including the victim.
You may be found partially responsible for a slip and fall accident in California. Property owners and insurance agents may try to claim that you were to blame for your injuries if you were:
- Not paying attention to warning signs for hazards
- Wearing inappropriate footwear
- Distracted by a cellphone or another electronic device
- In a restricted area without any legal right
In any of the above circumstances, you could be assigned a percentage of blame for your slip and fall accident. Your compensation will be impacted by the amount of responsibility you bear for the accident.
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Proving Negligence for a California Slip and Fall Accident
Now that we’ve thoroughly reviewed negligence and a property owner’s duty of care, we can discuss the methods your lawyer can use to establish fault for a slip and fall accident. Your slip and fall lawyer in California may build your claim by:
- Investigating the area where you fell
- Reviewing procedures used to remove hazards in the property
- Going over past records of accidents at the property
- Accessing surveillance footage from the time you fell
- Speaking with witnesses who saw your accident
The team at the Simmrin Law Group understands the most effective ways to gather evidence following a slip and fall accident. We’ll work aggressively to establish the property owner’s negligence in this situation, so we can secure you full compensation for your losses.
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Contact a Lawyer to Prove Negligence in a Slip and Fall Case
Proving negligence in a slip and fall accident case in California can be easier if you have professional help on your side. The professionals at the Simmrin Law Group are ready to begin investigating your claim now to determine fault for your accident. We can also take steps to reduce claims that you were to blame for the accident. Find out more by calling (310) 896-2723 or filling out our online contact form.
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