Slip & Fall Accidents
Slipping and falling can cause devastating injuries. If you have slipped and fallen as the result of another party's negligence, it is important that you know what rights you have. It takes an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to help you navigate your options after an injury from a slip-and-fall accident.Whose Fault Is It When I Slip and Fall?
Not every slip-and-fall accident is going to result in a lawsuit. The dedicated attorneys at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. know what circumstances must be present to give you the best shot at success. When determining liability of someone after you have slipped and fallen on their premises, our lawyers will first examine:
- If the owner of the premises or an employee of the owner caused a spill, or some circumstance that led to the slip and fall;
- If the owner of the premises or an employee knew or should have known that the environment he or she created was dangerous and did nothing to warn patrons or otherwise correct the dangerous condition; and
- If it was reasonable for the owner of the premises or an employee to have discovered the dangerous condition.
One of the most contentious and fought-over concepts in the law is the idea of what is reasonable. As many civil cases rely on this term, it is important that you have an experienced team at your side to advocate for your interest and lay out the best set of facts and circumstances in your case. Generally, California courts consider an action or non-action reasonable if a reasonably careful person would do or not do the same act in the same situation.
For example, it is reasonable for the owner of a premises to know that an icy parking lot in front of the establishment is a dangerous condition that a reasonable store owner would know to either fix or warn his or her patrons about. Each one of the cases that we pursue is unique, and we present your facts in the best light possible to defend your rights when someone else has been negligent and caused you to be injured as a result.How Long Do I Have to File My Claim?
The moment when you have suffered an injury, minor or catastrophic, you should contact your Bay Area slip-and-fall attorneys at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. California law sets forth the timeframe in which you can file your claim. In California, you have two years from the time of injury to file your claim. It is best to file your claim while the details surrounding the accident are fresh and the evidence has not been lost.What Happens If They Take Steps to Fix the Condition That Caused Me to Fall?
It is common for the owner of a location to take corrective measures after someone has fallen and been injured. California law views this example as a "subsequent remedial measure." It does not act as a bar for you to file your claim. However, it does mean that you should file your claim as soon as possible because the conditions that caused your injury are fresh and unaltered.The Time to Contact Your San Jose Attorneys Is Now
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact your Northern California attorneys at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. today. Call us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your consultation, and let our team of relentless and dedicated lawyers get to work. Working together, we will pursue the best outcome.