Slip and fall accidents are common in California, often resulting in serious back injuries. These accidents can happen anywhere: at home, at a store, or at a public building or park. While anyone can be injured in a slip and fall accident, older adults are at a higher risk. If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury in a slip and fall accident, it takes an experienced premises liability lawyer to protect your rights.
At J&Y Law, we are highly experienced in handling slip and fall accidents and have a proven history of achieving significant settlements and jury awards, having recovered millions of dollars for back injury victims. Knowing that a back injury may force you out of work for an extended period of time, we understand your concerns about paying your medical and household expenses.
Our legal team will address those concerns by providing you with powerful representation and fighting to help you obtain just compensation. We handle all slip and fall cases on a contingency basis, which means there is never a fee until we recover for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
How a Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help
Under California premises liability law, owners of private, commercial, and public property have a legal obligation to properly maintain their property, promptly repair any dangerous conditions, and warn visitors of the hazard. To have a valid claim, however, it is necessary to show that the property owner knew or reasonably should have known about the danger and failed to protect you from being injured.
This is where J&Y comes in. We have the skills and experience to hold negligent property owners accountable and the determination to get you the maximum compensation you deserve for your back injury. When you become our client, our legal team will handle all the details of your claim so that you can focus on recovering.
Trust us to conduct a thorough investigation, negotiate a favorable settlement, and file a premises liability lawsuit if necessary. While slip and fall accidents can and should be resolved through negotiations with the property owner’s insurance company, insurers often attempt to deny claims
Our trial-ready lawyers are well-equipped to litigate to achieve the best possible outcome. Above all, we will fight to help you obtain meaningful compensation in and out of the courtroom.
Common Back Injuries Caused By Slip and Fall Accidents in California
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), back injuries are one of the most common injuries caused by slip and fall accidents. Moreover, there are many types of back injuries, including:
- Muscle sprains — Lower back muscle strains and sprains can occur when falling victims attempt to catch or steady themselves.
- Compression fractures — A sudden impact on the spinal cord can compress the vertebra, resulting in tingling, numbness, and muscle spasms. Compression fractures are especially common in older people, with symptoms worsening over time.
- Herniated discs — Disc between the vertebrae in the spine can slip out of place and put pressure on the nerves, resulting in radiating tingling and pain.
- Tailbone injuries — An individual who falls backward may land on their tailbone, which can bruise or even fracture it and cause injuries to the surrounding ligaments.
- Hip injuries — The CDC reports that more than 95 percent of broken hips are suffered from falls, particularly in older individuals.
- Spinal cord injuries — Damage to the spinal cord can result in paralysis and/or loss of organ function.
- Head and neck injuries affecting the spinal cord — Injuries to the head and neck are often catastrophic, may result in mobility issues, and require long-term rehabilitation.
Given that a back injury after a slip and fall accident can be life-altering, it is crucial to have the powerful representation J&Y Law provides. Above all, we will fight to get you compensation that considers all of your future medical and financial needs.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Southern California
Slip and fall accidents can be caused by all types of hazards, such as:
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Broken steps
- Poorly secured banisters
- Torn or uneven carpeting
- Debris/obstructed walkways
- Poorly lit walkways or hallways
- Uneven or warped flooring
A property owner who fails to remedy a hazard or warn visitors about a dangerous condition can be held liable as long as you have an experienced premises liability attorney in your corner. Trust J&Y to handle your claim in an expedient manner and make sure your rights are protected,
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
No two premises liability claims are the same and the compensation you can recover depends on numerous factors, including the extent of your injuries and the degree of your liability. In any event, you may be entitled to economic and noneconomic damages, such as:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Rehabilitative and long-term care
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
It is important to note that premises liability claims in California are governed by the state’s rules of comparative negligence. If you were responsible for your injury in any way, the damages you ultimately recover will be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you by a claims adjuster or the court.
For example, if you slipped on a spill at the grocery store, but you ignored a “danger” sign, you may be found 50 percent at fault for the slip and fall accident. If your damages are assessed at $100, 000, the amount of your award will be reduced to $50,000.
Don’t worry because we know how to limit your liability and hold the property owner accountable. Above all, we will fight for every dollar you deserve at the bargaining table and in the courtroom.
Representing Back Injury Victims in California Slip and Fall Accidents
Suffering a back injury can be overwhelming. Being injured due to the negligence of a property owner is never justified. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can start working on your slip and fall injury claim.