All property owners in San Jose have a duty to maintain their property and provide a safe environment for visitors. Nonetheless, San Jose slip and fall accidents are common, often resulting in serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident that resulted from a property owner’s negligence, you deserve compensation for the harm you have endured.
J&Y Law is a premier personal injury law firm serving clients in San Jose and throughout the state of California. Our attorneys are knowledgeable regarding premises liability law and routinely handle slip and fall accident claims. When you consult J&Y, you will receive aggressive legal representation and a superior level of personal service.
What is premises liability?
Under the premises liability laws of California, private, commercial and public property owners are required to maintain their property, provide a safe environment to visitors, and provide adequate warning of any hazardous conditions. When a slip and fall accident results in a serious personal injury due to the property owner’s negligence, an injury victim has a right to file a premises liability lawsuit to recover damages.
Causes of San Jose Slip and Fall Accidents
While a slip and fall accident can be caused by our own carelessness or clumsiness, most injuries are caused by dangerous conditions such as:
- Wet, icy, or slippery surfaces
- Broken stairs/poorly secured banisters
- Torn or uneven carpeting
- Debris/obstructed walkways
- Poorly lit walkways or hallways
- Uneven or warped flooring
- Poorly secured rugs
- Failing to warn visitors about a hazardous condition
- Failing to take prompt action to remedy a hazard
If you have been injured in an accident, the attorneys at J&Y Law will conduct a thorough investigation by collecting and documenting evidence. We will also work with credentialed investigators and medical experts, to determine the cause of your slip and fall accident, as well as the extent of your injuries. It is critically important to contact us as soon as possible, since the property owner may attempt to remedy the hazard before you file a claim in order to avoid liability.
To have a valid claim, you must be able to prove that the property owner failed to properly maintain the property and/or failed to warn you of a potential hazard. In addition, you must be able to prove that the property owner was aware, or should have been aware, of the hazard, and failed to protect you from harm.
Common Trip, Slip and Fall Injuries in San Jose
Injuries caused by a slip and fall accident vary based on factors such as the type of fall (e.g. from a height, downstairs, on a raised sidewalk), and the age and fitness level of the accident victim.
The Centers for Disease Control has reported that the most common injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents are:
- Hip fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Fractures and sprains
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
If you been injured in a slip and fall accident, and the property owner neglected to remedy a dangerous obstacle or make necessary repairs in a timely manner, and/or did not warn you up about a hazardous condition, you are entitled to compensation. The premises liability attorneys at J&Y have the skills and experience to hold the negligent property owner accountable and will fight tirelessly for your rights.
Damages You May Recover in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in San Jose, you may be entitled to significant compensation which includes economic and non-economic damages:
- Economic damages — designed to compensate you for lost wages, the cost of medical expenses, and loss of earning capacity
- Non-economic damages — will cover losses that cannot be assessed monetarily such as pain and suffering, permanent disability and loss of enjoyment of life (e.g. companionship, spousal relationships, emotional support).
Contact Our San Jose Slip and Fall Attorney Today!
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need the first-rate legal representation J&Y Law is prepared to provide. We will take the time to explain all of your rights and determine whether you have a valid claim. It is important to remember that premises liability lawsuits in San Jose are typically resolved through an intricate and detailed negotiation with an insurance company. Knowing that insurers attempt to deny claims or settle for a little money as possible, we will take them court if necessary.
Above all, we will always put your best interests first and never stop fighting for you. Please contact our office today to speak with our attorneys. The initial consultation is free and you will not pay any attorneys fees until we win your case.