As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls are the second leading cause of hospital visits in the nation that are caused by accidents. Falls from these accidents can occur on commercial property, private property, or even publicly held property. The law of California premises liability law controls slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents in and around Salinas and Monterey County. An owner or occupier of real estate can be held liable for a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident and be compelled to compensate an injury victim for his or her injuries or damages.
Types of Slip-and-Fall and Trip-and-Fall Accidents in Salinas
Aside from the rare days when there is snow and ice in Salinas, here are some common types of slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents:
- Wet or freshly polished floors without caution signs.
- Liquid spills.
- Tracked in precipitation.
- Uneven walking surfaces.
- Holes in parking lots and sidewalks.
- Cluttered shopping aisles.
- Loose flooring or carpeting.
- Stairways that are in disrepair or lacking handrails.
Common Types of Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Injuries that are suffered in slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls can be severe, especially when the victim is 65-years-old or over. The laws of physics tell us that if a person slips and then falls, he or she usually falls backward. If that victim trips and then falls, he or she usually falls forward. Here are some common types of slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall injuries:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Injuries to the cervical and lumbar spine, including vertebrae and spinal discs.
- Leg and hip fractures.
- Wrist, knee, and ankle injuries.
- Facial and jaw fractures with dental injuries.
- Rib fractures.
- Wrist fractures.
Don’t Take a Second Fall
Upon being injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall, report it immediately and get to an emergency room without delay. Insist on paramedics being called and taking you if necessary. Both paramedics and emergency room personnel will document your injuries. This is critical to tying in your injuries with your fall.
The insurer of the owner or occupier of the property might contact you and ask for a statement about how your accident happened and the nature and extent of your injuries. California law doesn’t require you to give that insurer any type of statement. The insurance company will only try to use your statement against you in the future to try to devalue your claim or deny it in its entirety. The best thing that you can do is to preserve and protect your rights is to contact us here at Maison Law for a free confidential consultation and case review.
Contact a Salinas Slip-and-Fall Lawyer
If you suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident in or around Salinas, contact us at Maison Law right away. We’re going to listen to you carefully, and you can tell us about the cause of your fall and how you’ve been affected by your injuries. You’ll have questions, and you’ll get truthful answers to them too. Then, we’ll be pleased to advise you on how we believe that your accident and injuries should be approached. If we’re retained to represent you, our goal will be to obtain the maximum settlement or award that you deserve. Contact us right away after being injured in any slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall in or around Salinas.