Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident in Sacramento? Was this accident caused by the property owner or caretaker’s negligence? If so, you may have a valid claim for compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

The Sacramento personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw have almost two decades’ experience helping Sacramento residents and others get the compensation they need after a slip and fall accident, and they can use that experience to help you and your loved ones. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us help you get the fair and just compensation you deserve.

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

A personal injury claim operates like most other insurance claims, so if you’ve dealt with insurance claims before, why should you need an attorney?

California law doesn’t require that you hire an attorney, but doing so can provide advantages that you won’t get on your own. Our experience with injury law and dealing with insurance adjusters will be invaluable, and our knowledge of California’s legal statutes regarding slip and fall cases can make the entire process smoother and easier for you.

We don’t just write letters or field phone calls. Your attorney is your guide, your confidant, and your advocate. We are by your side every step of the way, from filing the initial claim to taking your case to trial if necessary. We can help you avoid novice mistakes, answer any questions about the process, and provide excellent legal counsel because we’ve done all this many times before.

Insurance companies have a playbook to limit their customers’ liability. They may not outright lie to protect their customers, but they may not be entirely forthcoming, either. For example, you might be surprised by the promptness with which they respond to your claim. They may even offer a settlement check immediately in the hopes that you’ll accept it and release their customer from liability before a qualified attorney can review it. When you hire a lawyer to assist you, we can help you counter these underhanded tactics. We can make sure any settlement offer covers all your losses and is appropriate for the injuries you suffered.

Without an accurate understanding of how compensation for damages works, you may be leaving money on the table. An experienced attorney can review your case and make sure the amount you demand in compensation covers your losses, material or immaterial, and that you regain financial security as well as peace of mind.

Why Choose OnderLaw to Represent Me?

We take our responsibility as your attorney seriously at OnderLaw. We take pride in providing more than cut-and-dried legal services. We treat our clients with compassion and dignity while also giving you the highest quality, most experienced legal counsel available. We will keep an open line of communication with you at all times and be at the ready to answer questions or provide help when you need it.

We understand that not everyone has the financial ability to afford an attorney, especially after paying significant out-of-pocket costs to treat an injury from a slip and fall accident. This is why we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only take payment for our services if we are successful in getting you the compensation you need. If we don’t get money for you, you pay nothing.

This novel approach to personal injury has yielded amazing results. We’ve successfully obtained over $3 billion in awards and settlements for our clients. We can’t guarantee a favorable outcome for every case we handle, but we can guarantee that the same dedicated, tenacious team of attorneys that worked to get these results will be working on your case.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Sacramento

Falls are the number one cause of accidental injury in the United States. One of every three people over the age of 65 will experience a fall this year, and 85% of workers’ compensation claims are due to employees slipping on wet or hazardous floors. Slip and fall injuries account for the majority of emergency room visits every year at around 8 million.

Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

Hazardous floor or ground conditions

These are any number of possible hazards, such as:

  • Wet floors
  • Uneven floors
  • Loose rugs or carpets
  • Potholes in a road or sidewalk
  • Oil or grease on floors
  • Icy roads or sidewalks

Environmental hazards

This can be anything not related to the floor condition, including:

  • Bad lighting
  • Hanging cords or hazards
  • Debris on the floor
  • Cords or utilities run along the floor
  • Open drawers

Stairs, elevators, and escalators

Some causes related to moving between building levels include:

  • Lack of handrails
  • Unsecured handrails
  • Faulty elevators
  • Faulty escalators
  • Unstable ladders

Property Owner/Manager Responsibilities in California

Every owner or manager of a property in California has a legal obligation to use ordinary care in preventing hazards from harming anyone that visits the property. This applies to all properties, from a public street in downtown Sacramento to a private home.

To have a valid claim for compensation for a slip and fall injury, you need to prove that the property owner or manager was negligent in their responsibility to keep a property safe from hazards. You must show that either the owner or manager caused the hazard, that they knew about the hazard but did nothing to prevent it, or that they should have known about the hazard and didn’t because they weren’t caring for the property correctly. Then you’ll need to show that the hazard caused your injury and that you were, in fact, injured. You’ll also need to show that you suffered losses as a result of your injury.

If you can prove these elements with evidence, you should have a valid claim, and you should seek legal help to pursue it.

Common Injuries Suffered in Slip and Fall Accidents

Because falls are more common in older adults, the associated injuries can be more extreme than they might be in younger people. Falls account for 87% of fractures in people over age 65. Some other injuries associated with falls include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Sprains and strains
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Knee damage
  • Broken bones
  • Wrist injuries
  • Coma
  • Death

Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries

Compensation for injury claims usually comes in the form of a settlement from the responsible party’s insurance company or an award from a judge or jury. The vast majority of claims are settled out of court before the case goes to trial.

You’re compensated based on the severity of your injury, the losses you incurred because of the injury, and the toll it takes on your daily life. The more severe your injury and the more out-of-pocket expenses you pay, the more compensation you may be eligible to recover.

The amount you may receive depends on the losses, or damages, you suffer as a result of the injury. Some of these damages are material in nature, and some are not.

Economic damages have a specific monetary value attached, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Medical bills

Non-economic damages do not have a specific monetary value and relate to the injury and your circumstances. Some examples include:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you’ve just been injured in a slip and fall accident, here are some steps to take to protect yourself and start building your case:

  1. Seek medical help. If you’ve suffered a serious injury, get medical attention immediately. Call 911 for assistance if necessary.
  2. Report the accident in writing. Let the property owner or manager know that you’ve been injured on their property in writing, and keep a copy of the report for your records.
  3. Document the accident. Get as much information about the accident and injury as possible. Write down exactly how it happened while it’s fresh in your mind. If possible, take photos of the accident site, the hazard that caused it, and any injuries. Keep any clothing you wore the day of the accident in the condition is was after the accident occurred, and get copies of any medical records or accident reports.
  4. Don’t speak about the accident. Don’t give any statements to anyone other than your attorney, and certainly don’t sign any insurance forms from the responsible party’s insurance company.
  5. Get legal help right away. Find legal representation as soon as possible.

Call Today for a Free Consultation

If you’ve slipped and injured yourself on someone else’s property, you only have two years to file a lawsuit for compensation under California law, so time is a factor. Contact the attorneys at OnderLaw today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us help you get the fair treatment you deserve after a debilitating injury. Call today.