Orange County Trip, Slip and Fall Accident Injury Attorney

With the number of drivers on the road in California automobile accidents are a common occurrence. Most people are able to walk away from these auto accidents without injury or with minor injury. For others that are not so lucky, automobile accidents can be a source of life-long financial instability, pain and suffering. 

Orange County Trip, Slip and Fall Accident Injury Attorney

People injured by slipping or tripping while visiting a commercial or residential property can file a personal injury claim if the property owner was aware of, or should have been aware of, the hazardous condition before the accident occurred.

Things You Should Do Following a Trip or Slip and Fall Accident Injury

The number of fall accidents in Orange County that resulted in emergency room visits from 2017 to 2019, was approximately 57,000. This is why every person in California should know what to do if they suffer a slip or trip and fall accident. Those injured in a fall accident need to remember to do the following five things:

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1. Evaluate the health and condition of all people involved. You should accept the assistance of emergency services and/or transportation to the emergency room. If you do not, then go to the nearest urgent care or emergency room to get evaluated.

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2. Inform the property owner and create an incident report. An incident report is important because it can be used to support your claim. It will contain facts and witness statements that help prove you were at the accident scene on the date of the fall, which is something insurance companies love to dispute. Do not make the mistake of failing to create an incident report.

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3. Take photos and videos of the accident scene. This evidence will help prove how the hazard you slipped or tripped on is a dangerous condition. This evidence makes it harder for the insurance company to deny your claim.

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4. Do not accept liability or admit fault. This is very important, especially at the scene of the accident. Liability and fault are legal concepts with many nuances. Do not accept liability or fault without first speaking to an attorney.

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5. Contact a fall accident injury attorney at JSM Injury Firm APC to help you with your injury claim. You should not speak to any insurance company representative without first speaking to an attorney. A trip or slip and fall accident injury attorney can help you make your claim as strong as possible before speaking to the insurance company.

Orange County Premises Liability Lawyer

Fall accidents are categories under the premises liability umbrella. Premises liability is a legal concept that holds landowners responsible for injuries that occur on their property due to the owner’s negligence. A premises liability attorney helps injured victims pursue these claims. JSM Injury Firm APC represents clients Orange County that need:

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“If you have experienced a slip and fall or a trip and fall and suffered a serious injury then you need to discuss your legal rights and options with JSM Injury Firm APC, a top rated Orange County fall accident injury law firm.”

 

Types of Slip or Trip and Fall Accident Injuries

Fall accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury in Orange County, California. Injuries common to falls include: 

Fall accidents are a leading cause of death and serious injury in Orange County, California. Injuries common to falls include:

  • Bruising or contusion(s)
  • Broken bone(s)
  • Neck injury
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Back injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Paralysis
  • Death

The best thing to do is to seek immediate medical attention after a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. You may have injuries that are far worse than you initially thought. Doctors can evaluate and diagnose injuries that you may know about at the time of the accident.

 

Why Hire an Orange County Premises Liability Accident Injury Lawyer

Contact a fall accident injury attorney at JSM Injury Firm APC following a fall accident for the following reasons:

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Fall accidents can be complicated

When you fall on someone else's property, there is more at stake than just your injuries. The company that owns the property may be liable to pay for your medical bills and other damages you suffered. But, it can often be difficult to determine who may be liable for your injuries. When you hire a fall accident injury attorney , they can gather the information to help determine who is responsible.

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It's your right to be compensated for your injuries

California is known as an "at-fault" state. This means that if someone else's carelessness caused your fall and subsequent injuries, you are entitled to compensation. Not every state is like this. In some states, the landowner (or business owner) is not liable for fall accidents at all.

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A fall accident injury lawyer at JSM Injury Firm APC can help you get the most out of your settlement

Injuries sustained in an accident involving negligent property owners can be devastating. An Orange County fall accident injury lawyer at JSM Injury Firm APC can make sure you get as much financial compensation as possible for your medical bills and other damages. When you hire a fall accident injury attorney , they will stand up to insurance companies and help you get the compensation you deserve.

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You need a personal injury attorney with experience

Insurance companies know that injuries sustained in fall accidents can be serious, and will do everything they can to keep from paying you what you are owed. When a fall accident injury lawyer at JSM Injury Firm APC reviews your case, we know what is required to successfully litigate against insurance companies.

Proving Negligence in a Trip or Slip and Fall Accident Injury Case

Not every fall accident gives rise to a personal injury claim. In order for a fall accident victim to recover for their injuries the accident must have been caused by someone else’s negligence. The four elements of negligence are: duty, breach, causation, and damages. Every landowner has a non-delegable duty to exercise reasonable care in keeping their premises reasonably safe and to warn of dangers that are known or knowable before the date of the injury. To win a fall accident case, you must show that the responsible party breached this duty, and that the breach caused your damages.

JSM Injury Firm APC is an experienced personal injury law firm. We can help you prove negligence and overcome or avoid entirely any fault the insurance company wants to place on you.

Common Defense Tactics Used To Fight Your Claim

With slogans like “You’re in good hands” and “Like a good Neighbor”, you would think that insurance companies would be lining up to help fall accident injury victims. Unfortunately, this is not the case in the real world. They will use underhanded tactics to reduce the amount of money they have to pay you, like the following:

  • Argue that you are the one at fault. The insurance company will say it was your fault that you fell. If you are 100% at-fault, the insurance company does not have to pay you. Cases with disputed liability are highly-contested and usually lead to a lawsuit.
  • Argue that you are partly at fault. California follows a pure comparative negligence law, which says that the value of your case will be diminished by the percentage of fault attributed to you, which is why insurance companies will do everything they can to place as much fault on you as possible.
  • Argue the extent of your injuries. Insurance companies try to minimize how bad your injuries are. They will hire-gun “medical experts” that get paid to say you’re not as injured as you claim to be. This is difficult to overcome without the help of a professional fall accident injury lawyer.
  • Argue the reasonableness of your treatment or medical bills. Insurers will dispute whether the treatment you received for your injuries was appropriate, or even whether the injury was related to the slip or trip and fall accident at all. Alternatively, they will argue that your medical bills are inflated or that the treatment options recommended to you by medical doctors were not necessary.
  • Delay tactics. The most widely used tactic by insurance companies is to delay the claim. They understand that fall injury victims are in need of money. They know that the victim likely has piling medical bills, is out of work, and is going through serious pain and suffering. They plan to drag the claim out for months, or even a year or more, in hopes that you will give up and accept less money out of necessity.

The Types of Compensation a Fall Accident Injury Victim Can Obtain

There are several categories of compensation (also called damages) that are available to a trip or slip and fall accident injury victim.

1. Special (Economic) Damages

Special damages are one of the two main types of compensation available to an automobile accident injury victim. These damages relate to economic losses brought about by the injury. This includes:

Past medical bills

  • Future medical bills
  • Loss of past Income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Personal care costs
  • Cost of living with a disability
  • Funeral and burial costs associated with the death of a loved one in wrongful death claims.

 

General (Non-Economic) Damages

General Damages provide compensation a fall accident injury victim for past and future:

  • physical pain
  • mental suffering
  • loss of enjoyment of life
  • disfigurement
  • physical impairment
  • inconvenience
  • grief
  • anxiety
  • humiliation
  • emotional distress
  • loss of companionship associated with the death of a loved one in wrongful death claims.

     

     

Punitive Damages

In rare cases, punitive damages may also be available. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim for harms and losses. Rather, punitive damages are meant to punish the culprit so that the wrongful conduct is not repeated by others in society. In that manner, punitive damages serve as a deterrent.

Contact A Top Rated Orange County Slip, Trip & Fall Accident Injury Lawyer to Obtain the Best Compensation

If you’re a victim of a fall accident injury caused by a negligent third party then you owe it to yourself to schedule a free consultation with JSM Injury Firm APC to discuss your legal rights and options. Whether you need a trip and fall attorney or a slip and fall attorney in Orange County, let us help you secure compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs related to your injury. All we do is represent injury victims. Rely on our experience and let us aggressively pursue your claim to ensure that you are rightfully compensated for your injuries.

Call us at 949-404-4826,  use our convenient email contact form, or schedule through our calendar application to inform us of your circumstances.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an any of the above automobile accidents caused by another person and suffered an injury, you need to discuss your legal options with JSM Injury Firm APC, a top rated Orange County automobile accident law firm.
Jamal S. Mahmood
founder & Lead Attorney