San Bernardino Slip and Fall Attorney
California property owners – from a mom and pop shop to a big box store – owe a duty to their customers, visitors and guests to provide an environment that is reasonably safe. Property owners and managers should take reasonable care to maintain a safe premises, including inspecting the property and either repairing known defects or warning about known dangers within a reasonable time after discovering the hazard. When they don’t, property owners can and should be held liable to accident victims injured in a slip and fall, trip and fall or other premises liability accident. In San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga slip and fall attorney John D. Lueck holds property owners liable for their negligence and helps slip and fall accident victims recover compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Premises Liability Law in California
When deciding whether or not California property owners should be held liable for a slip and fall or other injury which occurred on their property, the courts will consider a number of factors to determine whether the owner used reasonable care with respect to the safety of others. Important questions in a California premises liability case include:
- Did the owner know about the danger?
- Should the owner have known about the danger through reasonable and periodic inspection?
- How long did the danger exist before the accident occurred?
- How hard would it have been for the owner to fix the danger or put up a warning?
- How much control did the owner have over the property?
- Where was the property located?
- What is the likelihood that the injury victim would be on the property?
- What was the likelihood of serious harm to the injury victim?
Common Causes of California Slip and Fall Claims
Hazards abound in grocery stores, restaurants, department stores and shopping malls. The Law Offices of John D. Lueck helps victims suffering injury after any slip and fall or other type of premises liability accident. Some of the most common causes of premises liability claims in California include:
- Wet or slippery floor creating a slipping hazard
- Items on the floor creating a tripping hazard
- Items falling from a shelf
- Malfunctioning elevators, escalators, sliding doors
- Broken steps, missing handrails
- Unmarked steps
- Torn carpeting
- Missing or misplaced floor mats
- Dog bites
- Assaults enabled by negligent security
Proving Slip and Fall Cases, and How a Slip and Fall Attorney can Help
Proving a slip and fall or other premises liability claim can be quite complex. Often the cause of the accident is a transitory foreign substance, such as a liquid spill or an object in the aisle. Proving that the hazard existed for an unreasonable time before the accident occurred can be challenging and requires the skills of an experienced attorney to uncover the facts and evidence and present them in a compelling fashion. Other challenges include insurance company claims that the injured party is at fault for not noticing the danger and avoiding it or allegations that the victim is not very seriously hurt. At the Law Offices of John D. Lueck, we know that a slip and fall can cause very serious, painful and debilitating injuries. We also know that even careful people can fall prey to dangerous conditions they had no reason to expect would be present. We fight hard for justice and for the rights of accident victims to recover needed compensation from negligent property owners.
Call Attorney John D. Lueck in Rancho Cucamonga after a San Bernardino Slip & Fall Accident
If you have been injured after a slip and fall, trip and fall or other premises liability accident on another’s dangerous, unsafe or negligently maintained property, call the Law Offices of John D. Lueck at 909-484-1963 for a free case evaluation from a hard-working, skilled and knowledgeable San Bernardino slip and fall attorney.