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General Information about Redding Slip and Fall Cases

slipSlip and fall cases are exactly what they sound like – they include, but are not limited to, curbside falls, ice and water falls, stairway tumbles, shower or tub slips, railing and balcony falls, and many more.

Property owners are responsible for the safety of the family, friends, guests and clients they invite onto their property. Even when it’s unintentional, negligence on the part of a homeowner can lead to compensation for the injured party. Slip and fall cases can be very complicated, especially when family and friends are involved. Hiring an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible is the best way to ensure the issue is resolved quickly.

Frequently asked questions about slip and fall cases:

Redding Slip and Fall AttorneysQ: Who is responsible if I fall due to ice or snow?

A: It is a property owner’s responsibility to make sure the area around their building(s) and lot are safe for pedestrians and guests, in a “reasonable” amount of time.

Q: What is a “reasonable” amount of time?

A: Ultimately, a judge and/or jury will decide whether a property owner acted within a reasonable amount of time. They may take the following questions into consideration.

  • Was common sense used to determine the best course of action?
  • Was the property owner deliberately negligent?
  • At the time of the incident, did the property owner have safety practices in place?
  • Has the same type of accident happened previously?

Q: Is the property or business owner liable for my injuries?

A: Many factors are taken into consideration when answering this question because every slip and fall case is different and vulnerable to interpretation. If you suspect that a property owner was negligent, contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible.

Q: Is there evidence I need to gather?

The sooner evidence is gathered, the stronger your case will be. If you are able to collect the following safely, it will lend itself to a stronger case.

  • Photographs. A picture truly is worth a thousand words. Photos of the injury site, the wound and any other injury factors is important to your case.
  • Witnesses. Eyewitnesses who can give an accurate account of the incident where the accident occurred is important for corroborating your story.
  • Accident Report. If your slip and/or fall took place in a public business, be sure to ask the manager for an injury report and obtain a copy before leaving the establishment.
  • Evidence. Collect any items involved in your accident. If it was a foreign object, take it with you.
  • Medical Reports. When you seek medical attention, be sure to ask for copies of all your paperwork and the doctor’s report.

At the Law Offices of Morgan & Kelley, we understand that you may not be able to obtain all of this information. Just keep in mind that evidence collection can take many weeks and in an injury case, time is of the essence!