Riverside Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys
The Riverside slip and fall accident lawyers at Ochoa & Calderón have years of experience helping injured clients and their families recover the compensation they deserve after negligent defendants cause them harm. Our seasoned slip & fall injury legal team is ready to investigate the circumstances of your fall, gather the strongest evidence available, negotiate with negligent property owners and insurance companies, and ensure that you get the damages you are owed.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property in Southern California, you could be entitled to substantial monetary relief for the harm you have suffered. Our Southern California personal injury legal team is ready to help.
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip, trip, and fall accidents can be caused by any number of factors. Any time a hazardous condition is left unattended, anyone passing by is liable to slip, fall, and suffer injury. At Ochoa & Calderón, we help injured victims recover after all manner of slip and fall accidents, including those caused by:
- Wet or icy floors
- Uneven floors
- Loose carpeting
- Snowy, icy, or wet entryways
- Cracks in the pavement
- Spills in grocery aisles
- Uncovered cables and wires
- Broken or missing railings
- Unstable furniture
- Insufficient lighting
- Failure to put up warning signs
- Plumbing leaks
- Construction sites not adequately roped off
- Broken stairs
If you slipped, tripped, and fell on someone else’s property because of any sort of hazard on the premises, you could have a claim for relief. Talk to the seasoned Southern California slip and fall lawyers at Ochoa & Calderón about your accident to find out if you are entitled to compensation, whatever the cause.
How to Hold Someone Liable for a Slip and Fall Injury
Slip and fall claims fall into an area of personal injury law known as “premises liability.” Property owners and operators owe a duty to visitors to keep their premises reasonably safe. When they violate that duty and visitors are injured, premises owners can be held accountable for the harm caused. The slip and fall attorneys at Ochoa & Calderón have years of experience ensuring that injured victims recover for the harm caused by negligent defendants violating their duty of care.
In California, to recover for a slip and fall accident, a plaintiff must demonstrate the following:
- The defendant owned, leased, occupied, or controlled the property;
- The defendant was negligent in the use or maintenance of that property;
- The plaintiff was harmed by slipping or falling on the property; and
- The defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in harming the plaintiff.
Proving negligence on the part of property owners can be tricky. In the past, California distinguished the level of care required by the type of visitor (commercial customers were owed a greater duty of care than social guests, for example). Now, there is a general rule for premises owner negligence, although what constitutes “reasonable care” will depend on the facts of the case.
To prove negligence in a slip and fall case, a plaintiff must show:
- There was a condition on the property that created an unreasonable risk of harm;
- The defendant knew about the condition, or should have known about it had they exercised reasonable care; and
- The defendant failed to adequately repair the condition, warn about the condition, or protect against potential harm caused by the condition.
Proving that a property owner was negligent requires a deep understanding of premises liability law as well as the type of evidence that judges and juries find convincing. To build the strongest case for recovery and maximize your available damages, you need a seasoned California slip and fall law firm on your side.
How Much is Your Slip and Fall Claim Worth?
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you might be entitled to substantial damages. The value of your claim depends on how seriously you were injured, how much you have had to pay as a result of your injury, and other factors specific to your case. The slip & fall injury team at Ochoa & Calderón will fight to maximize your recovery, including compensation for:
- Past medical bills
- Anticipated future medical costs
- Lost wages due to time missed at work
- Long-term disability
- Nursing care and physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of life enjoyment due to injury
Reach Out to a Riverside Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
If you’ve been hurt in a slip, trip, or fall accident on someone else’s property in Riverside, or suffered a personal injury in Southern California resulting from another person’s negligence or misconduct, call Ochoa & Calderón for a free consultation on your claims. We only charge a fee after we are successful in recovering compensation for you. No recovery, no fee.