When you enter another property, you do so with the belief that no dangerous conditions can cause you harm. After all, property owners owe you a duty of care to ensure you are safe on their premises. When they do not, this can lead to a slip and fall accident, leading to serious injury. You have rights after a Goleta slip and fall accident and should not be left to fend for yourself if injured.
Some injuries can be more severe than others and require longer recovery times. Some of the most common injuries include:
A slip and fall can happen for several reasons, and it is essential to note that it is often not your fault. The property owner must provide a duty of care to ensure that guests and visitors are not harmed while on their property. Some common ways that a slip and fall accident can occur include the following:
There are many other ways a slip and fall can happen, and it is essential to seek immediate medical attention if you are injured.
The main goal of your Goleta slip and fall accident attorney will be to prove that a party acted negligently and caused your injury. We will need to establish a dangerous condition present on the property. The owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition, and the negligent party had ample time to fix the hazard or dangerous condition. These three elements are essential in a slip and fall accident case.
There are different kinds of damages for which you might obtain compensation. You can file for economic and non-economic damages. Your Goleta slip and fall accident attorney will work to get economic damages for:
Non-economic and exemplary damages are often harder to obtain as they are harder to prove. Exemplary damages can be sought if the at-fault party was grossly negligent in their actions. Non-economic damages that can be claimed, on the other hand, include:
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you will need to hire a Goleta slip and fall accident attorney immediately. Call the Law Office of John B. Richards at 805-683-2736 to schedule a free initial consultation. We will look at all the case facts to find the best legal route for you to take.