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Every year, over 800,000 people are hospitalized for slip & fall injuries, while millions seek treatment in emergency rooms. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to slip and fall accidents. A high percentage of slip and fall injuries are the fault of someone other than the injured party—the owner of a commercial establishment or a careless homeowner, for example. You are entitled to compensation for your injuries to the extent that the accident was someone else’s fault. But these are often complicated cases to pursue. Thankfully, the skilled team of Monterey slip and fall lawyers is here to help you.

Act Decisively—Time Is of the Essence in a Monterey Slip and Fall Case

Silva Injury Law, Inc. consists of Monterey slip and fall attorney Michael Joe Silva and partners Cassidy Jensen and Tanner Combs. Together, we have handled a multitude of slip and fall claims. Although most of our cases settle out of court, this is because our stellar courtroom track record is very effective at convincing defendants and their insurance companies not to take us to court.

If you have suffered any type of injury from a slip and fall, please feel free to contact our Monterey slip and fall lawyers at Silva Injury Law, Inc. Call 831-201-5036 or contact us online to schedule a consultation where one of our Monterey slip and fall attorneys can review your case and answer your questions.

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You Probably Won’t Have to Bankrupt the Defendant to Win Generous Compensation

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident that occurred on your neighbor’s property, you might feel uncomfortable about pursuing a large claim for compensation. After all, you wouldn’t want to drive your neighbor into bankruptcy. In all likelihood, however, your neighbor carries homeowners insurance or renters insurance. Most of these policies cover slip and fall accident liability that applies if the homeowner’s negligence caused the accident.

The Elements of a Slip and Fall Claim

The “elements” of a claim represent what you must prove to win. There are four basic elements to a slip and fall claim:

  • Duty of care—the defendant had a duty to act with care to protect you from harm;
  • Breach of duty—the defendant did not comply with their duty of care;
  • Causation—the defendant’s breach caused the accident; and
  • Damages—you suffered damages as a result of the accident.

You must prove that each of these elements is more likely than not to be present. While the concept of liability sounds straightforward, proving it is not that easy. Many insurance companies are very skeptical of slip and fall claims due to fraud—which is why having a skilled legal advocate on your side is highly recommended.

Premises Liability

The owner or occupier of premises, such as a private home or a shopping center, has a legal duty of care to guests, inspect the property for dangerous conditions, and repair any hazards that are discovered. This duty applies to invitees (customers, for example) and licensees (mail carriers, for example), but not to trespassers.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

There are probably hundreds of different dangerous conditions that can cause slip and fall accidents. Some causes, however, are more common than others. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet floors,
  • Icy surfaces,
  • Debris or fallen objects,
  • Weak or nonexistent stairway railings,
  • Poor lighting (indoor and outdoor),
  • Steep stairs (especially at nightclub exits),
  • Broken stairs or steps,
  • Poorly maintained grounds,
  • Uneven floors and
  • Potholes in parking lots.

The way to remedy these conditions would be to repair them or at least warn of them with a conspicuous sign. In some cases, a warning might not be enough.

Comparative Fault: When More Than One Party Is at Fault

In many slip and fall accidents, more than one party is at fault. Consider a scenario where you rush down a flight of stairs while intoxicated and slip on an item that was carelessly left on the stairs. In this case, California’s pure comparative fault rules could apply.

 

Under California’s pure comparative fault rules, the victim will lose that percentage of their damages that corresponds to their own percentage of fault for the accident. For example, if the victim was 25% at fault, they will lose 25% of their damages. Even if the victim is 99% at fault, they can still receive 1% of their damages. You can expect the defendant to try to whittle away at your damages by asserting fault on your part.

Gathering Evidence

The truth doesn’t matter unless you can prove it. And the only way you can prove liability in a slip and fall claim is with admissible evidence. Common evidence includes:

  • Security camera footage of the accident,
  • Police reports,
  • Eyewitness testimony,
  • Your own testimony,
  • Photographs of the dangerous condition, and
  • Property maintenance records.

An experienced Monterey slip and fall lawyer should be able to obtain the foregoing items and other forms of evidence that are easily overlooked.

Compensation

Compensation breaks down into two different types—economic damages and non-economic damages. Punitive damages are theoretically possible, but they are rarely awarded in slip and fall cases unless the defendant intentionally injures the victim.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are, in a nutshell, damages that are easy to count. They include:

  • Medical expenses,
  • Lost earnings, and
  • Incidental expenses, such as child care expenses while you are in the hospital.

Remember to include future medical expenses and future lost earnings in your calculations because once your claim settles, you won’t be able to come back and ask for more money later.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are intangible damages. They include:

  • Pain and suffering,
  • Emotional distress, and
  • Loss of ability to enjoy life.

If you suffered a debilitating injury, your non-economic damages might far exceed your medical expenses.

As mentioned, there may be limited scenarios where you could be eligible for a punitive damages award. Punitive damages are reserved for cases involving egregious behavior, such as an intentional act. When the court makes a punitive damages award, the purpose isn’t necessarily to compensate you. Punitive damages are to punish the wrongdoer and discourage them from engaging in similar behavior in the future.

Negotiating a Settlement

Most slip and fall injury claims never make it to trial, because the defendant (or their insurance company) settles privately. Even if you are aiming for a settlement, you need to be ready to go to trial and win. Without this resolve, you have no leverage over the defendant, and the defendant will have no motivation to settle your claim.

 

Even if you are in the midst of negotiating a settlement, you might need to file a formal lawsuit. The reason for this is that the statute of limitations, which is the date by which the law requires you file a lawsuit, might prevent you from pursuing a claim or receiving a settlement. There are other benefits to filing a lawsuit. You can take advantage of the discovery process to demand evidence that is in the defendant’s possession. You can also cross-examine the defendant under oath.

Why Hire Our Monterey Slip and Fall Attorneys?

Protecting your rights is a crucial aspect of any personal injury claim, including slip and fall accidents. These claims are also notoriously complicated, making it very easy for you to miss important evidence or details to support your case. Working with experienced Monterey premises liability attorneys can put your mind at ease and ensure nothing is missed.

 

When you hire Silva Injury Law, you benefit from passionate and experienced lawyers who will work tirelessly to fight for your rights. We will conduct our own independent investigation and preserve all related evidence. We will handle communication with the defendant, their insurance company, and any attorneys. When you have an attorney handling communication, you eliminate the risk of saying something to the adjuster that could harm your case. We will also negotiate your claim, so you don’t have to worry about how to stand up to the insurance company or their legal representatives.

 

If your case doesn’t resolve through negotiations, we will file a lawsuit and take your case to trial if necessary.
If there’s a chance that negotiations will extend beyond the deadline for filing a premises liability lawsuit in California, we will file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations. Filing a lawsuit doesn’t mean that negotiations will stop; rather, filing a suit protects your right to pursue your claim in court. . Even if you have to file suit, we will continue to work toward resolving your case as quickly as possible for the maximum value.

Related Practice Areas

In addition to slip and fall cases, we also commonly handle the following types of cases:

Don’t be afraid to speak with us if your claim isn’t on the foregoing list—we handle a wide variety of injury claims.

Contact Our Monterey Premises Liability Lawyers

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, don’t try to determine liability on your own. Instead, let the skilled team of Monterey premises liability lawyers at Silva Injury Law help. We have a successful track record of recovering compensation for our injured clients, including in slip and fall cases. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation and to learn more about how we can help you.

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