Fall injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits nationwide, and a significant portion of those injuries are caused by slipping on a hazardous surface. Even a short fall can cause severe injuries, especially in the elderly population.

If you or someone you love was injured in a slip and fall accident, the Riverside personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw would like to speak to you about getting you compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim or a lawsuit. Since 2002, we’ve helped thousands of clients get the just compensation they deserve after an accident caused by another’s negligence, and we can use that wealth of experience to help you. Call today to schedule a free consultation. Let us help you get back on your feet after a slip and fall injury. Call OnderLaw today.

Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Slip and Fall Injury?

An attorney is necessary for personal injury claims for several reasons. You’re certainly able to file a claim for compensation on your own, but you risk not getting the full amount of compensation you’re owed.

The process starts when you submit a demand for compensation to the responsible party’s insurance company. Your attorney will be familiar with the claims process and be able to guide you around obstacles and pitfalls that a novice might miss. We will make sure your claim is complete, accurate, and supported by evidence. We will do the hard work of building your claim, gathering documentation, speaking to eyewitnesses, and negotiating with insurance adjusters to get the highest possible settlement amount.

We can help identify losses or damages that you simply wouldn’t know about otherwise. You can be compensated for a variety of material and immaterial losses due to an injury, but it takes a clear understanding of what these losses are to even know to claim them. Some are easy to understand and add up, like medical bills or property damage, but some losses are not so straightforward, such as pain and suffering. Your attorney can explain how damages work and which ones apply to your slip and fall case.

The most common outcome for a valid personal injury claim is a settlement from the insurance company, which is a cash amount designed to compensate you for your losses and induce you to drop any claim you have against the party responsible for your accident. Occasionally settlement negotiations don’t go as planned, or the insurance company decides to deny payment on your claim. Hiring a good attorney means you have the option of filing a lawsuit and letting a judge or jury have the final say and not the insurance company.

Why Choose OnderLaw for My Representation?

There are several reasons why OnderLaw is the best choice for your slip and fall case, but the primary reason our clients choose us is that we get the results they need. We aren’t shy about our success: we’ve successfully obtained over $3.5 billion in settlements and awards since 2002. That isn’t a typo. We’re very skilled at what we do.

The numbers tell a compelling story, but it isn’t the whole one. We’ve achieved this success by providing a level of service our clients can’t find anywhere else. We treat all of our clients with compassion, dignity, and respect, regardless of the size of their case. We understand that behind each and every list of facts and statistics about a case is a life that deserves respect and fair treatment. Head to our Testimonials page to hear more.

Good legal counsel is expensive. We don’t want financial constraints to be a barrier to our prospective clients, which is why there are no upfront costs for our services. We take a percentage of any settlement or award we obtain for you as payment. If we aren’t successful in getting you compensation, we don’t get paid.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

A slip and fall injury can occur in the blink of an eye. Even the most innocuous, commonplace hazard can cause serious injury, such as a bunched-up rug or an icy sidewalk. Some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents include the following:

  • Wet surfaces
  • Icy surfaces
  • Broken flooring
  • Loose floorboards
  • Defective sidewalks
  • Loose rugs
  • Cluttered floors
  • Waxed or mopped floors
  • Potholes
  • Stray cords or wires on the floor
  • Damaged staircases or handrails
  • Dimly lit walkways

Property Owner/Manager Responsibilities in California

Most slip and fall accidents fall under premises liability law. This is the body of law that governs a property owner or manager’s responsibilities to anyone who visits a property they control. In order to obtain compensation through a claim or lawsuit, we must show that the owner or manager of the property on which the accident occurred was negligent in their responsibility to keep the property free of hazards. California law states that everyone has a duty not to harm others. If we can show that the owner or manager was negligent in this duty and that negligence caused your injury, we should be able to obtain compensation for your losses.

This responsibility holds whether your accident was on public or private property. If we can show that the owner or manager knew about the hazard or should have known about the hazard that caused your injury and did nothing to warn visitors about it, you should have a valid claim.

Common Injuries Suffered in Slip and Fall Accidents

The possible injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents vary widely depending on the circumstances. Some common injuries that result from these accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprain and strains
  • Knee, hip, and ankle damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Concussion
  • Coma

Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries

In order to determine the amount of compensation you’re owed, your lawyer will examine what losses you’ve suffered as a result of the accident. Once these losses are tallied, and evidence is gathered to support them, we will submit a demand letter to the responsible party’s insurance company.

The material losses you suffer as a result of the cost of the injury are called economic damages. There are several categories, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Lost opportunity
  • Transportation


The immaterial losses you suffer are also included. These are called noneconomic damages, and they relate to the experience of the injury itself. Some examples include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Emotional distress


In slip and fall cases that go to court and involve extreme fraud, malice, or oppression, California allows claimants to seek punitive, or exemplary damages. These are not compensatory damages but rather “for the sake of example and by way of punishing the defendant.” Ask your attorney if your case may be eligible for exemplary damages.

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

Here are some steps to take immediately following a slip and fall accident to protect your rights and start the claims process:

  1. Get immediate medical attention. Even if you don’t think you’ve been injured, this step is crucial in building a valid claim. Submit to a full evaluation by a medical professional and get a copy of the record to show that you’ve done so.
  2. Advise the owner/manager in writing. Report your slip and fall accident to the appropriate party in writing. Keep a dated copy of the notification for your records.
  3. Start the paper trail. Start gathering documentation immediately. Medical records, police reports, photos of the accident site, photos of the injury, and a written account of the events surrounding the accident will all be helpful to your attorney.
  4. Don’t assign or accept blame. Don’t speak with any other party about who is responsible, and don’t apologize for taking any action. An apology can be construed as accepting fault, so let your attorney do the talking.
  5. Keep the evidence. Don’t wash or throw away the clothes you wore the day of the accident, especially if they display signs of the injury you sustained. Torn or bloody clothing can be used as evidence of the seriousness of your injury.
  6. Get legal counsel. Retain a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Call OnderLaw Now for a Free Consultation

We’re standing by to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, and we will review your case to determine whether you’re eligible for a claim or a lawsuit. We will advise you on what options you have available regardless of whether you choose us to represent you or not. The consultation is absolutely free, and we don’t accept payment unless we get you the compensation you need, so there’s no reason not to let us review your case. Call OnderLaw today.