Trip and Fall, Slips and Falls, and Premises Liability Lawyers

Falls are the leading cause of injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to emergency rooms annually (NSC Injury Facts 2011). Falls also are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities, resulting in more than 25,000 fatalities in 2009.

Property owners, including cities and governments, have a responsibility to provide safe environments that are free from dangerous conditions.

Slip and Fall vs. Trip and Fall —— what’s the difference?

Slip and fall cases occur when someone slips on another person’s property, often as a result of slippery surfaces. A newly mopped or polished floor in an office building, supermarket, or mall are typical examples in which the owner of the building may be liable for personal injuries. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries such as head trauma, fractured hips, broken bones, and neck and back problems.

Trip and fall cases involve a person tripping over something, such as an uneven sidewalk or electrical cords. People who trip usually fall forward, as opposed to people who slip, who tend to fall backwards. Typical injuries can involve wrists, ankles, shoulders, arms, knees, and face. Trip and fall cases are often filed against cities, counties, and other governmental agencies, since these governmental agencies are responsible for maintaining safe sidewalks and pedestrian areas.

Because trip and fall cases often deal with government agencies, they can involve different laws and statutes of limitations than slip and fall cases. Every situation is different, and must be properly evaluated by an experienced personal injury lawyer who is an expert in both slip and fall and trip and fall cases. A knowledgeable injury lawyer will know how to choose the best possible expert witness for your case—an extremely important element in any premises liability case.

Premises Liability

Premises liability is the general term that encompasses slip and falls, trips and falls, and any injuries wrongfully suffered as a result of a property owner’s negligence in not providing a safe environment on and within their property. This can include injuries caused by a wide variety of hazardous conditions, such as:

  • Open excavations

  • Uneven pavement

  • Standing water

  • Crumbling curbs

  • Wet floors

  • Dog bites

  • Icy walks

  • Falling debris

  • Insufficient lighting

  • Concealed holes

  • Improperly secured mats

  • Defects in chairs or benches

  • Exposure to hazardous material

  • Swimming pool accidents

  • Inadequate security

  • Fires

Such injuries can result from the negligence of the property owner either in failing to reasonably maintain or repair the property and eliminate dangerous conditions, or in failing to warn of the existence of such dangerous conditions.

An important factor in premises liability cases is the issue of insurance. It is not uncommon for property owners to refuse to take responsibility for unsafe conditions on their property. Even after someone is injured, property owners may choose not to reveal crucial insurance information to the victim. At Dadgostar Law LLP, we are experienced at tracking down hidden insurance policies so that our clients can seek full compensation for their injuries, and we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit against a property owner who refuses to cooperate.

Your Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney

Dadgostar Law LLC is a brother-and-sister personal injury law firm that takes your personal injury personally. Premises liability attorneys Hirad Dadgostar and Azadeh Dadgostar Gilbert specialize in slips and falls, trips and falls, and premises liability accidents. Their family name, Dadgostar, means “Defender of Justice,” and they are passionate about helping individuals fight for their rights, especially against larger corporate insurance interests that often deny fair compensation, even to their own customers.

Hirad and Azadeh treat every client as a “member of the family.” They will fight for the justice you have been denied, and help restore what has been taken from you due to others’ negligence.

Call injury attorneys Hirad Dadgostar and Azadeh Dadgostar Gilbert right now to schedule a free evaluation of your personal injury case (310) 820-1022.