Chula Vista Slip and Fall Attorney
It happens to everyone at some time or another. There you are, minding your own business, and suddenly your feet go out from under you and you fall flat. Perhaps you slip down some stairs or trip over a loose floorboard or twist your ankle on uneven pavement or flooring. Chances are that you simply got up and brushed yourself off. But what if hours or days from now you found that you had injured your back or ankle or had suffered a head injury due to the fall? If you fail to file an incident report at the time of the accident then you have no way to seek legal redress.
In fact, if you sustain any sort of an injury due to a slip or fall you should not only file an incident report with the business where the incident occurred, you should also call The Law Office of David Gutierrez as soon as possible to determine whether or not the injury falls under premises liability.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is what happens when an injury occurs on someone else’s property and is due to dangerous or hazardous conditions that the property owner did not properly document or warn others about.
While the property owner is not always at fault in these situations, they may be if the case meets specific conditions. This is why it is important to keep documentation of the incident including making sure that your legal counsel has everything they need in order to file for a premises liability suit if that is what is needed.
Accidents Due to Negligence
Another cause of slips and falls has to do with negligence of premises. This is what happens when there are structural defects, impediments or other hazardous conditions that could have been addressed but which the property owner did not bother to take care of.
Gathering Evidence of Negligence
If you believe that an accident or injury occurred due to negligence it is important to collect as much supporting documentation as possible. If you can provide your lawyer with photos and doctor’s reports telling how the injury was sustained or police reports documenting specific incidents and findings then it will be much easier to prove a case of negligence.
But that is not always enough. You also have to be able to prove that the owner knew about the condition and had chosen not to take care of it. If the owner was not aware of the condition of the property then they are not responsible for as much in the way of compensation as they would be if they knew about the situation. You also need to be able to prove that they had the opportunity to correct the situation. If, for example, you are walking down a staircase and you fall through a step, you would have to be able to prove that the weak step was something that the owner knew about before the accident and had time to fix. If the first he knew of it was when you fell through it, it does not count as negligence but is a true accident.
When you are collecting evidence of negligence be as complete and as thorough as possible. This will make proving your case that much easier.
Why Do You Need Legal Representation?
As you can see, sorting through the details of a premises liability case can be extremely difficult. This is why you need the expertise and experience of the law team at The Law Office of David Gutierrez. They can help you sift through all of the evidence and build a case that will stick. So contact The Law Office of David Gutierrez today to take the first step in filing your negligence case for slips and falls.