Justice & Compensation With a Los Angeles Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
When you or someone close to you know experiences injuries due to a slip, trip or fall, calling the Los Angeles slip and fall accident attorney David Azizi as soon as possible is important to collect the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Set up a free consultation to review your case by calling (800) 991-5292. We are available 24 hours a day. If you cannot come to see us, we will visit your hospital room, your home or do a virtual consultation over your cell phone or mobile device.
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How We Represent Injured Victims in Slip and Fall Cases
The Law Offices of David Azizi handles a wide variety of personal injury cases involving trips, slips and falls in the state of California. The most popular types of Slip & Fall cases we take on for clients include:
The most common injuries the result from slips, trips and falls include:
Abrasions or cuts: These injuries are usually superficial. However, an abrasion or cut may be a warning of something more intense under the surface such as a hair-line fracture. When you arrive home, take a picture of any external sign of injury. Your doctor will also document them in his or her report. Make sure to ask for a copy.
Fractures: Landing hard on a floor can cause a sprained ankle or wrist or even a hip fracture, particularly among older people. The type of fracture can vary from a simple break to compound fractures, requiring multiple surgeries. Your doctor will order X-rays if there is any suspicion that you’ve suffered one.
Head injury: The CDC reports that head injuries commonly occur with slip, trips and falls. A head injury may result in concussion or traumatic brain injuries, causing swelling on the brain or a hematoma, which is bleeding inside the brain. Symptoms of a serious brain injury can be delayed, so being checked out by a physician is recommended.
Soft Tissue Injury: An injury to soft tissue can be anything from a minor sprain/strain. Seeking medical care right away after a soft tissue injury is important since symptoms may not arise immediately. If they are not treated, soft tissue injuries can be a source of chronic pain or infection.
Low Back Injury:Injuries to the lower back or lumbar spine can result in slipped discs, herniated disks or damaged vertebrae. This type of injury can cause pain and limit mobility, requiring long-term medical treatment. A spinal cord injury can cause permanent changes in sensation, bodily functions and strength.
Cervical/Neck Injury: Cervical spine injuries can involve the muscles, ligaments and tendons. It can also result in herniated vertebral disks. Spinal injuries may require surgery, and often, rehabilitative therapy is needed. The expense can be a source of financial difficulty if damages are not recovered.
Thoracic Spine Injury: Such injuries can result in vertebral fracture and arm weakness. In some cases, you will need bed rest to allow the injury to heal. This can have a serious effect on your income for the period.
Shoulder Injury: A person who experiences a fall can cause a brachial plexus injury or suffer a dislocated shoulder. The brachial plexus is composed of nerves that connect your spinal cord to the rest of your arm and hand. A fall can stretch or tear the nerves, causing loss of feeling and difficulty using that arm or hand.
Dental or Facial Trauma: Falling forward can loosen teeth or cause tooth loss. Dental care is often not covered by health insurance and can be expensive for people of all ages. A fractured jaw or nose can also happen.
Causes of Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
These accidents are due to slick surfaces either on the floor or on stairways. But, these incidents can even happen when there’s no moisture involved. They can result from recently waxed floors, poor lighting, missing stair handrails and missing ramp traction guards. They can also occur at the entrance to a building during inclement weather if mats to prevent slippage are not used.
Locations Where Slip and Fall Accidents Happen
1. Commercial Establishments
David knows from experience that a high percentage of accidents occur in one of the most common places – grocery stores. Whether it’s Ralph’s, Vons, Northgate, 99 Ranch, Costco or even Walmart, every store that carries fresh produce has areas where floor moisture can easily accumulate. These stores also often have floral sections, where water dripping from plants can create slick floors.
Of course, the grocery stores sell liquids like milk, juice, soft drinks and alcohol, as well as more viscous liquids like shampoo and laundry detergent. Spills associated with any liquid create potential hazards, as does water tracked in by customers on rainy days – even in Southern California.
The duty of care owed to the visitor is a high priority in commercial establishments since the owner expects to gain financially from the visit.
“It is the legal responsibility of these businesses to prevent slick floors. That means they must carefully inspect their aisles many times a day. They must clean up spills, mop up moisture, fix broken fruit and vegetable sprinklers, pick up fallen produce, put down floor mats for foot traction and set up “Wet Floor” signs. Failure to take these measures can make a store’s management or owner guilty of negligence.” – David Azizi, Los Angeles Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
Parking lots, associated with businesses, should offer the same level of safety. Potholes and crumbling pavement in the parking area are major problems for customers. Slips in indoor parking lots are often caused by oil-slicked surfaces. In addition, if drainage grates are not installed, flooding or pooling of water can occur, leading to accidents. Slips, trips and falls in restaurants are also common.
2. Residential Properties
Landlords/owners have a responsibility to renters to keep premises safe both indoors and outdoors. The landlord or owner can be held responsible if he or she had control over the safety infraction. If the landlord could repair the problem and chooses not to do so, they may be considered negligent and liable for damages.
A homeowner also can be held responsible for injuries in or outside of the home. The liability here is less stringent. Visit our premises liability page to learn more.
3. Government Facilities/Properties
Government properties include federal, state and city/county facilities. There are differences in the level of responsibility. The time frame for filing a claim is much shorter. Learn more about these types of accidents in government buildings.
Airport trip and falls are common since people are generally rushing and concentrating on finding their way through the airport. All airports, except one in this country, are owned by a government entity.
Get A Free Review of Your Important Injury Case
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a slip, trip and fall accident due to a store owner’s negligence in the Los Angeles area, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, to recover damages, you need to be able to prove liability, and the services of an experienced attorney are invaluable.
David Azizi has practiced personal injury law in California for over 22 years. He has won numerous settlements and verdicts for victims of these accidents. He spends time talking to his clients to establish the facts surrounding the accident.
To better advocate for the people he represents, David uses experts in these cases to provide in-depth information and testimony. David’s tenacious pursuit of the reasons the accident happened and how it could have been averted if proper prevention and maintenance steps had been taken by the business owner, helps his clients win the compensation they need.
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David has been honored by Super Lawyers, who called him a top-rated personal injury attorney in Beverly Hills, California. Expertise.com identified David as one of the top 20 personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles. Such accolades are not given easily but rather reflect David’s life work. The Law Offices of David Azizi are available 24/7 to take your call, and set up a free, no-obligation case review. Just call 800-991-5292. David’s 98-percent success rate worked for others, and it will work for you.
Common FAQs for Accidents Involving Slips, Trips and Falls
✅ How Many Slip and Fall Cases Go to Trial in California?
According to the trusted legal resource nolo.com, most claims involving these types of accidents will reach a settlement and do not proceed to a trial in the state of California.
✅ How Long After a Slip and Fall Can You Sue?
According to California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, the deadline to file a lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations, for these types of personal injury claims in California is generally two years from the time of the accident.
California Code of Civil Procedure section 338 notes that for property damage claims, a three year deadline exists for filing a claim.
When bringing a claim against a government entity in California, the deadline may be as short as six months according to the California Tort Claims Act.
✅ How to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls at Work?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), some of the most important prevention steps for these types of accidents include the following:
Keep floors clean and dry
Provide warning signs for wet floor areas
Areas where wet processes are used should adhere to proper drainage, provide false floors, mats, platforms, or other dry standing places. Appropriate waterproof footgear may need to be provided.
The overall condition of the workplace and walking areas should be kept clean, orderly and in a sanitary condition.
Aisles and passageways should remain clear without need for repairs or other obstructions that might create a hazard. Power cords should be secure in floor plugs.
Exits should remain free from obstruction at all times
If there are slippery substances on the floor and there are no signs to mark that area as slippery when wet this is deemed as negligence. Remember that each case is different and it is best to contact the Law Offices of David Azizi if you have any questions as it relates to slips, trips and falls or trip and fall accidents at the Los Angeles International Airport so David will be able to give you an honest opinion on the possibility of a personal injury claim. There are many times in which a personal injury claim is not the best option.
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If you have been injured in a slip, trip and fall accident, reach out to us at 800-991-5292 and we will set up a free consultation so you can speak with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer today.