A serious slip and fall can occur in any situation. Some injuries are only minor and require minimal medical intervention to recover. However, some injuries are so severe and debilitating that they could lead to a permanent disability. At OnderLaw, we understand that the aftermath of an accident can be traumatic and overwhelming. You deserve to hold the business owner or property owner accountable for their negligent actions and seek compensation for your medical bills and expenses.

Property owners are responsible for maintaining their properties and performing repairs whenever necessary. If they don’t provide a safe environment for visitors, they could be liable for any injuries that occur on their premises. That means they must adhere to building codes, perform routine inspections, and fix damage promptly. If there are hazards, they should place warning signs, so guests know about the dangers they encounter. Unfortunately, some owners cut corners that result in accidents and should face the consequences of their wrongdoing.

The Long Beach personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw are ready to help you fight for justice and pursue the full compensation available for your injuries and losses. Call us today to learn more about our services.

Why Choose OnderLaw?

We have a team of hardworking and dedicated legal professionals that will try to reach a positive outcome in your insurance claim or lawsuit. Multiple organizations have recognized us throughout the country for our legal abilities and case results. We also hold an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating a law firm could receive.

Since 2002, OnderLaw has been fighting for the rights of injured people and their families. We know how much you’ve suffered since the accident. You’re in pain, trying to recover, and likely faced with medical bills you can’t afford. These bills can cause significant stress and lead to crushing debt. You should not be responsible for all these costs when someone else was at fault for your injuries. You can depend on us to be your advocate and seek the compensation you’re owed.

We are available 24/7, so you can reach us at a time that works best for you. We provide one-on-one attention to every client so that you feel like a priority. We will stay by your side during each step of the process and offer the guidance and support you need. You will not be alone as we’re working to achieve your legal goals so you can heal and move forward with your life.

The Long Beach slip and fall accident lawyers of OnderLaw don’t want you to worry about the cost of seeking legal representation. You shouldn’t face additional expenses when you’re already dealing with expensive treatment. We take cases on contingency, so you don’t have to pay upfront fees or costs. We will only collect our legal fees if we secure compensation from the at-fault party. If we lose, we will never charge you for our services.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

You could slip and fall on anyone’s commercial or residential property. Injuries can result in chronic pain, loss of mobility, and emotional trauma. Various factors could lead to hazardous conditions that place guests in harm’s way and lead to serious injuries or even death.

The most common causes of slip and fall accidents are:

  • Slippery or wet floors
  • Lack of warning signs in dangerous areas
  • Loose rugs or carpeting
  • Malfunctioning escalators
  • Obstructed hallways and walkways
  • Missing or damaged handrails
  • Poor lighting
  • Cracked or uneven sidewalks
  • Negligent security guards
  • Defective staircases
  • Potholes

This isn’t a comprehensive list of all the possible causes of slip and falls. If one of these or another factor contributed to your injury, you should contact OnderLaw immediately. We might be able to represent you in your case and hold the property owner liable for their negligence.

Property Owner/Manager Responsibilities in California

Premises liability laws hold owners, occupiers, and lessors liable for injuries people suffer on their properties. They have a duty to keep their properties reasonably safe and use reasonable care to discover hazards and replace defective items, repair damaged areas, or provide warnings to visitors.

Slip and falls are one of many types of accidents that can happen on someone’s property. In situations like this, in order for your injuries to be eligible for compensation, the owner must have been negligent in causing the victim’s injury or illness. For example, if a business owner doesn’t repair broken lights in a dark stairwell and someone falls, they could be held liable for their negligence.

Common Injuries Suffered in Slip and Fall Accidents

Whether you fell on loose floorboards or tripped on an obstructed walkway, you likely sustained an injury. Injuries can range from minor to severe. Some cause permanent physical damage. If you’re left with a disabling condition, you might not be able to return to work or perform routine tasks. Even if your injury heals, you could face ongoing psychological problems, such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Many slip and fall victims require extensive medical care, including surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. If you need to treat a debilitating injury, you could face a long road to recovery. It becomes a significant emotional burden to bear and can cost thousands of dollars in medical bills.

The most common injuries caused by slip and fall accidents are:

  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Sprained ankles
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Dislocated joints
  • Torn ligaments
  • Pulled muscles
  • Nerve damage
  • Concussion or traumatic brain injury

The Long Beach slip and fall accident lawyers of OnderLaw understand the uphill battle you face. Many people struggle to get their lives back on track and heal from their traumatic injuries. It might take months or years before you regain mobility or resume normal activities. The physical, financial, and emotional toll of a slip and fall can disrupt your whole life. Our legal team will tirelessly work to recover the full compensation you need to cover your treatment and put you on the right path.

Compensation for Slip and Fall Accident Injuries

You likely suffered a range of losses due to the slip and fall accident. There are two main types of losses: economic and noneconomic. Economic losses are expenses incurred from an injury, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Damaged personal property

Noneconomic losses are those that are more subjective and difficult to monetize, such as:

  • Physical impairment or disfigurement
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Inconvenience

Economic losses are easy to calculate. However, noneconomic losses can be a challenge to assess to determine their fair value. The monetary value of your case should be high enough to compensate for your past and future losses.

OnderLaw has experience investigating slip and falls to determine the full and fair compensation accident victims deserve. Some factors that might contribute to your financial award are:

  • Psychological injuries due to the accident
  • Duration of the recovery period
  • Amount of evidence proving the property owner’s negligence
  • Type and severity of the injury
  • Permanent disability or impairment due to the injury
  • Effect of the accident on quality of life
  • Interference with daily routines, such as missed work or inability to care for family

Whether we pursue an insurance claim or lawsuit for the injury you suffered that wasn’t your fault, we will seek compensation for your total losses so you’re not forced to pay for anything out of pocket. We know that no amount of money can change what happened, but we hope it can provide the economic relief you need to pay for your hospital bills, prescription drugs, and other expenses.

What to Do If You’re Injured in a Slip and Fall

After suffering injuries in a slip and fall accident, it can be confusing knowing how to handle the situation. The steps you take could determine whether you recover the compensation you need to heal.

First, report your accident to the manager or property owner. Do so in person and then in writing. Preserve the clothing you’re wearing at the time of the accident. Be sure to take photos of the scene, capturing anything that caused your slip and fall, as well as the lighting and other conditions where you fell.

With any injury, it’s crucial to seek medical care. You should go to the hospital or visit your doctor immediately after leaving the accident scene.

Once the initial physician evaluates your injury, they might recommend follow-up care. Be sure to listen to their instructions and attend all necessary doctor’s appointments. This is critical because insurance companies want to avoid large settlement payouts. If they see that you didn’t seek treatment until days or weeks later or skipped your scheduled appointments, they could use that as evidence that your injury isn’t serious or doesn’t exist. Without adequate medical records, the insurance company can deny your claim or offer a low settlement that doesn’t cover your total losses.

You should also hire a Long Beach slip and fall accident lawyer within days of suffering an injury. OnderLaw can investigate and begin building your case while you’re treating.

Let OnderLaw Help You Seek Justice

The Long Beach slip and fall accident lawyers of OnderLaw will go to battle for you against the negligent property owner. You won’t have to face them alone with us in your corner. We can take on the responsibility of your case and seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our legal team is ready to provide the representation you need to hold the at-fault party liable.

If you sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident, call OnderLaw for your free consultation right now.