If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Anaheim, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Contact the Anaheim personal injury lawyers at OnderLaw today for all your legal needs. Give us a call or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our firm doesn’t require a fee from you until we get money from the responsible party for you.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Though it’s possible for you to go through the motions of filing a personal injury claim on your own following a slip and fall accident, a lawyer can be of great benefit to you and the outcome of your case.
The process of filing a personal injury claim can be tedious, confusing, and time-consuming. Not only this, but when you’re the victim of a slip and fall accident, likely the last thing you’ll want to deal with is paperwork and negotiations. Fortunately, a skilled lawyer from OnderLaw can take on these responsibilities and more. We can help you file a personal injury claim and attempt to secure the compensation owed to you as a result of your accident. We can investigate your claim, secure medical and other necessary evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf for a more substantial payout. Another reason a lawyer can be an asset to you is that they can keep you on top of deadlines relevant to your case, such as the two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim.
Additionally, we can help you determine your next steps in the event that your claim is denied. In any case, an attorney can bring their experience to bear and help you at any point throughout your claim process.
Why Choose OnderLaw ?
OnderLaw is a trusted law firm with nearly two decades of experience in serving victims of personal injury claims of all types. Over the years we’ve been in practice, we’ve worked diligently to secure over $3 billion in awards and settlements for those injured, disabled, or killed in accidents in Anaheim and across the U.S.
Our partners are members of many reputable legal organizations located throughout the nation. Those organizations include Super Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association, and The American Society of Legal Advocates.
We firmly believe in and act to preserve the rights of victims of personal injury claims while working to recover the compensation owed to them as a result of their accident. We want to help do the same for you.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Older people are more likely to be victims of slip and fall accidents as they’re more susceptible to losing their balance. Additionally, they’re also more likely to succumb to the injuries they endure from a slip and fall accident. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet surfaces
- Uneven surfaces
- Weather conditions
- Unsafe ladders and stairs
- Lack of or incorrect safety practices
- Loose cords or wires
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Broken or damaged handrails
- Poor or bright lighting
- Loose floorboards, rugs, or mats
Property Owner and Manager Responsibilities in California
California premises liability law requires that property owners and managers maintain their property, ensuring safe conditions free of hazards. Additionally, property owners and managers are bound by California law to inform all visitors to the premises of any potential hazards or dangers that may not be readily obvious.
Property owners and managers are required to do the following:
- Maintain the property
- Inspect the property
- Repair any potentially hazardous conditions
- Inform guests of dangerous conditions
Should a property owner or manager fail to perform their duties as outlined by California law, they may be liable for any injuries sustained on the premises. As a result, someone injured on the property may reserve the right to file a personal injury claim against the property owner or manager.
Common Injuries Suffered in Slip and Fall Accidents
Depending on your physical condition and age at the time of injury, you may sustain severe injury, develop a disability, or succumb to your injuries. The most common injuries suffered by those involved in slip and fall accidents include:
- Fractured and broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Head and neck damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Hand and wrist damage
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Ankle and foot injuries
- Cuts and abrasions
- Knee damage
Compensation for Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
The extent to which you’re compensated depends on the severity of the injuries you sustained and the length of your recovery time. You may be eligible for any of the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses. The injuries you’ve sustained in your accident may require that you receive medical attention. If you’re not at fault for your accident, it makes zero sense for you to be held accountable for paying the costly medical bills that crop up as a result. Fortunately, you can seek to receive compensation for the medical expenses that come about as a result of your accident and the injuries you sustained. Medical expenses include things such as x-rays, surgery, hospital visits, transportation by ambulance, prescriptions, rehabilitation, and more.
- Lost wages. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be forced to take some time away from your job to recover. Unfortunately, taking time away from work could mean that you won’t be able to earn an income for a limited time. That can make it difficult to provide for yourself and your family. However, you can seek to recover damages for the wages you lose while away from work recovering from the injuries you sustained as a result of your accident.
- Lost earning capacity. Unfortunately, there are some cases where your injuries result in a disability that makes it impossible for you to return to work or perform at your previous capacity following an accident. Not only will you lose the ability to earn a living for yourself, but you’ll lose access to the benefits you were entitled to through your place of work. The loss of both a steady stream of income and benefits can make it doubly difficult to provide for your family, especially if they’re dependent on you financially and otherwise. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your lost earning capacity following an accident. This includes compensation for past, present, and future lost earning capacity.
- Property damage. You may have had items on your person that were damaged or destroyed in your accident. While little can be done to recover some of your more precious belongings—such as family photos—you can recover damages for the repair or replacement of any property that was damaged or destroyed as a result of your accident.
- Emotional distress. Your accident may have left you with a disability or injuries so severe that you feel helpless about your current circumstances and future. In fact, the whole experience may have been so traumatic for you that you’ve developed emotional disturbances or mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Though there’s no dollar amount that can restore your peace of mind, you could be compensated for the emotional stress your accident has caused you.
- Pain and suffering. Both during and after your accident, you and your loved ones may experience a great deal of pain and suffering related to the incident. You may be eligible to recover damages for the anguish you experience in the aftermath of your accident.
- Loss of enjoyment. There may be activities that you previously enjoyed engaging in on a regular basis that you’re no longer able to do as a result of your accident. You could be compensated for the loss of enjoyment of life you experience as a result of your accident.
- Loss of consortium. Unfortunately, some slip and fall accidents are so terrible that you lose a loved one to their injuries. Nothing can be done to return your loved one to you, and certainly, nothing can replace them or compensate for the loss of their presence. However, you can recover damages for your loss of consortium, otherwise known as the loss of the decedent’s love and companionship.
- Exemplary damages. Exemplary damages are awarded in specific cases where there’s evidence that your accident came about due to the intent of another person to cause you harm, to oppress, or defraud you. If this is the case for you, you may receive exemplary damages in addition to other forms of compensation.
What to Do if You’re Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
Following your slip and fall accident, there are some things you can do to ensure that you have evidence in order to file a successful personal injury claim. You can:
- Seek medical treatment immediately.
- Report your accident to the appropriate authorities.
- Document your injuries and the site of the scene by taking photographs.
- Develop and maintain a case file and keep copies of all related records and receipts.
- Keep the clothes and shoes you wore the day of the accident.
- Do not accept or assign blame.
- Contact a lawyer.
Contact an Anaheim Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident in Anaheim, contact the lawyers at OnderLaw today. We encourage you to give us a call or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.