Common Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in Los Angeles
Have you sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident? You are not alone. Slips, trips, and falls occur often. In fact, more than half of all adults over the age of 40 have experienced at least one debilitating slip and fall accident.
Why are there so many falls? In part, it is because we fail to understand the complexity of same-surface slip-and-fall accidents. We assume that people fall because the floor is slick, because they are clumsy or careless, or because they step on a foreign object. These assumptions lead to investigations that are one-dimensional and to repeated accidents at the same location.
To understand causality and to determine responsibility for an accident, the investigator usually eliminates many possible causes. But people can fall for numerous reasons. Reasons include the interaction of the walking surface with shoes; the environment, along with its distractions; and the physical and mental limitations of the victim.
Slips and falls occur for many reasons. Sometimes, the responsibility belongs to the victim, either partially or fully. For instance, the victim could be wearing impractical shoes, horsing around, not paying attention, or intoxicated. Ultimately, however, most Los Angeles slip and fall injuries occur because of negligence on the part of the property owner.
To prove the negligence of the owner, the victim and his attorney must show evidence for the following:
- An unsafe condition on the property caused the slip, trip, or fall
- The owner or manager of the property knew or should have known about the dangerous condition
- There was adequate time for warnings to be posted or for the condition to be repaired, but neither happened