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San Diego Slip-and-Fall Lawyer

Falls happen all the time, and often they are far more than just a bad day. Many slip-and-fall injuries could become a protracted medical ordeal and leave you with lasting injuries requiring surgery and rehabilitation. There is a fine line between an accident and someone else’s negligence that injures you. The responsible party must pay you financial compensation if your fall has crossed that line. First, you must go through a legal process.

A lawyer will always tell you never to delay starting the legal process in your case. In a slip-and-fall case, that rule is even more important. Evidence is everything in a slip-and-fall case; you can lose it even faster than you would in other types of cases when you do not take immediate steps to gather it. An experienced San Diego slip-and-fall lawyer gets to work to investigate your accident and help you build the proof that you need to hold someone else responsible.

Where Slip-and-Fall Accidents Happen

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere that a property owner has acted carelessly. The property owner does not even need to consciously attempt to cut corners. All they need to do is not act when they should have.

Here are some common types of accidents:

  • Slipping on a wet surface on a floor
  • Tripping over a loose thread on a carpet
  • Stumbling over debris that is in a passageway
  • Falling when there is a broken banister
  • Falling when getting out of bed in a hospital or nursing home
  • Slipping on an escalator
  • Falling in a pothole in a parking lot

Common Slip-and-Fall Accident Injuries

Falls are much more serious than many people think. Even though falls happen all the time, there is nothing routine about them. The twisting motion of the fall, or the trauma when any part of your body makes contact with a hard surface, can cause serious injuries.

Slip-and-fall accidens can result in catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Neck and back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Even an injury that you may think of as more minor is still serious enough when you get the bill for your medical care and deal with the physical effects of it.

Common Locations of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur the moment that you leave your home. If you live in an apartment complex, someone else’s duty to you begins the moment that you step outside your front door.

Here are some common places where slip-and-fall accidents may happen:

  • Stores
  • Parking lots
  • City sidewalks
  • Sidewalks in front of homes
  • Shopping malls
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls

How Much Your Slip-and-Fall Case is Worth

In any personal injury case, the responsible party must pay for all of your damages. Slip-and-fall compensation begins with your past and future medical bills, but it goes much further.

Your settlement check or jury award should pay you for:

  • Current and future lost earnings
  • Reduction in your earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Depression
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement

Your case may be worth more depending on the severity of your injuries. For example, if you have a job requiring physical labor, you may be unable to perform your duties if you have suffered a back or neck injury. If you hit your head, you may be dealing with a TBI that will have permanent effects on you.

Negligence is the Requirement in a Slip-and-Fall Case

You win a slip-and-fall case when you show that the property owner or person in control of the property was negligent. The mere fact that the accident happened is not evidence of negligence. Rather, under premises liability law, you must show that the property owner either did something that created the dangerous condition or failed to act when they should have to fix a dangerous condition that someone else created.

You have the burden of proof in a slip-and-fall case. It can be difficult to meet this burden. You will have the easiest time when there are witnesses who saw you fall or can testify about what the conditions were at the time you fell. However, you could still get financial compensation if you can assemble other evidence proving that someone else was responsible.

In some cases, your lawyer may have to obtain the evidence from the defendant during the course of a lawsuit because the responsible party certainly would not make it easy for you to sue them.

  • Relevant statutes
  • Statute of limitations
  • Policy limits
  • What the adjuster will look for

How to Present a Strong Slip-and-Fall Accident Case

There are three things that you can do after you have suffered an injury that could help your slip-and-fall case:

  • See a doctor to have your injuries diagnosed and treated (you have a legal duty to mitigate your own damages after an accident).
  • Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to begin investigating your accident and assembling your case.
  • Collect your own documentation about the damages that you have suffered from the injury.

Why You Need a Slip-and-Fall Lawyer

Slip-and-fall cases are challenging. Insurance companies see so many of them that they are automatically skeptical. Unless you come to the table with compelling evidence, their default may be to deny your claim.

Even if the insurance company is willing to make you an offer, they will go out of their way to minimize the severity of your injuries. They will claim that a simple fall could not have caused such significant damages, knowing full well the harm that many fall victims really suffer.

An experienced San Diego slip-and-fall lawyer could not only help improve your financial compensation, but they may make a difference in whether you even get compensation in the first place.

Call a San Diego Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Today

You cannot afford to waste time if you have been injured in a fall. In a slip-and-fall case, time is money. You should immediately call a lawyer, and the attorneys at DPI Injury Attorneys have a track record of getting results for our clients. We take your legal rights seriously, and we work to protect your interests. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

What our clients say
Conrad Keitabangs

This law firm is the best in San Diego, South California. Unbelievable, I got more than what I was expecting in my accident case. Lawyer D’Egidio is an amazing Lawyer with a kind heart, respect, patience, and outstanding performance. I will recommend this Law firm to anyone and most importantly, they will do the work for you at any time and more so any help you need will be done accordingly.

Claudia Ignacio

Unfortunately, accidents happen and when it happens you can count on Irving and Arthur to help you. My car accident was not huge, but Irving treated me with respect and both Irving and Arthur worked hard to get me the best settlement under the circumstances. I trust them to provide you with an honest advice because they actually care about their clients.

Jose Garcia

Working with Arthur has been great from the beginning, he has been straight forward and represented me well. Got me very well compensated from my motorcycle accident. Will be referring them for sure.

Lisbette Baltazar

They are some of the best attorneys in SoCal when it comes to litigating personal injury cases. I am especially impressed by attorney Irving Pedroza. He is tenacious, knowledgable, and a true advocate for his clients. Without a doubt, I would recommend them to my family and friends.

Stephen O'Brien

Mr. Pedroza and his team did an excellent job walking me through the entire process, and litigating the case. My questions were always answered in a timely manner, and we reached a settlement that was in the expected range. Thank you.

Hudson Lasley

They helped me to navigate the complicated and confusing legal world after I had a car accident and settled my case much faster than I was expecting. I can’t say enough good things about them. I highly recommend this firm.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if the insurance company denies my claim?

You can file a lawsuit because the insurance company does not have the power to act as a jury – only the jury can make that decision.

Is there a different rule when the property owner created the dangerous condition?

If the property owner is responsible for the condition, it does not matter the length of time the condition was there – they would be liable for damages.

What happens if the accident occurred in a friend’s home?

The homeowner’s insurance would pay the claim. The money would not come from your friend or family member’s pocket.