Slip-and-fall accidents are a leading cause of injuries and accidental death. Ordinary settings can often become dangerous places. In the winter, sidewalks and stairs covered with snow and ice lead to serious injuries. Food and foreign substances on the floor create dangers in restaurants and supermarkets. Badly aligned walkways and sidewalks, and falls in dangerous stairwells, lead to broken bones or worse. Construction defects or obstructions and debris create tripping hazards.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a slip-and-fall incident, your compensation depends on gathering and preserving evidence of the negligent conduct or dangerous condition. The attorneys of Guenard & Bozarth are seasoned professionals in premises liability litigation. We have recovered millions of dollars for Northern California personal injury victims, including significant recoveries for slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls.
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Did The Owner Have Knowledge Or Notice?
Slip-and-fall accidents usually involve unique conditions and issues of responsibility that must be proven in order to settle your case. One issue is whether the hazard was open and obvious, or whether it was obscured. Another element is proving that the property owner or management knew of the danger or should have known through regular maintenance and inspection.
We will investigate slip-and-falls involving all types of surfaces: walkway ramps, stairways, playgrounds, grates, roller skating rinks, escalators, sports fields, dance floors, showers and tubs, ladders and scaffolding, footwear and improperly secured mats and carpets.
You can take steps to support your claim. Take photographs of the area where you fell, including the floor surface. If possible, try to record the condition at the time of your fall. The photographs may show the presence or absence of any mats, rugs, or slip prevention materials such as sand at the location. Take photographs of any signs that might be in the area of the location of the accident.
Take pictures of the condition of your clothing and shoes as they appeared immediately following the accident. Stains and scrapes can help pinpoint how you fell and where you landed. If you sustained external injuries, take photographs of your bruises, cuts, scrapes, stitches and casts to preserve the state of the injury. If your injuries are very severe, your attorney will likely take steps to help take photos and gather evidence.
Record Witness Statements
Did you or someone with you get the name, address and telephone number of potential witnesses? Return to the accident scene, visit any nearby homes or business to see if there are any potential witness(es) to the accident or the dangerous conditions.
If you do get witness information, do not contact or speak to the witnesses again or attempt to get any written statements from them. Let the attorney contact them.
Save Any Physical Evidence
Save the item that caused you to fall. If the item is perishable, such as a fruit or vegetable, try to preserve it in a freezer. You may also preserve the shoes that you were wearing at the time you fell. Put them inside a plastic bag and tape it shut so that any materials stuck to the shoes will remain.
If you are able, you should not leave the scene of the accident without obtaining a copy of the accident report that the manager, owner, employee or another person has filled out while in your presence.
We Take Care Of The Rest
Our role is to deal with the insurance adjuster or legal counsel for the business or insurance company. As experienced trial lawyers, we are not afraid to take a good case all the way to a jury. While you focus on healing, we work every angle to demonstrate liability and detail your injury damages.
Call our slip-and-fall injury attorneys for a free consultation, or fill out our contact form, and we will reach out to you soon. We will come to your home or hospital if you cannot travel to our offices in Sacramento and Elk Grove.