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At Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer, and Frankel, we tend to meet our clients after tragic events. Our Redding Slip and Fall Lawyers have represented people who have lost loved ones in heartbreaking circumstances, people who have experienced life-changing injuries, and families whose children have been abused.
How Our Redding Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Can Help?
Slip and fall accidents can happen both indoors and outdoors, on business premises, or at a private residence. In downtown Redding, slip and fall accidents can occur at the various restaurants and bars. At these establishments, food and drinks can spill onto the floor, creating slippery surfaces on which someone can fall.
These accidents are also common in large stores, including Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, O’Brien’s Market, or Costco. You might be simply visiting the McHenry Village Shopping Center or Mall de Redding, and suddenly you end up in the emergency room at Memorial Medical Center.
When premises owners and managers do not regularly inspect their premises for dangerous conditions and hazards, they can be responsible for any slip and fall incident that occurs—as well as for the resulting injuries.
Victims of slip and fall accidents in Redding often suffer serious injuries that require hospitalization, medical procedures, physical therapy, and other treatments. If you suffered one or more physical injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may recover monetary compensation—not only for your medical expenses but also for your pain, suffering, and inconvenience.
The knowledgeable Redding slip and fall lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can discuss the circumstances of your slip and fall accident with you and determine what options you may have available to you in your case. Our legal team can file a claim with the premises owner’s insurance company on your behalf, seeking the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Our skilled legal team has recovered more than $350 million in compensation for victims of slip and falls and other serious accidents. Please speak with us today for a free consultation about your legal matter. Alternatively, you can use the texting feature available on this page.
Victims of slip and fall accidents in Redding can suffer very serious injuries. This is especially true if they fall on their heads, elbows, knees, ankles, or lower backs. The injuries that a slip and fall accident victim may suffer will depend upon how they fall to the ground and the force with which they fall. The surface where the accident victim falls is also a consideration. Some of the most common injuries that victims of slip and fall accidents may sustain include broken bones and fractures, traumatic brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, cuts and abrasions, spinal cord injuries, and full or partial paralysis injuries.
If you believe that you might have suffered an injury in a Redding slip and fall accident, you should always seek proper medical treatment right away. Specifically, you should go to a hospital emergency room or urgent care center and get checked out. The healthcare provider there can examine you and render emergency medical treatment if you need it.
In addition, the healthcare provider can take the necessary imaging studies. For example, they might take an X-ray, MRI, or brain scan to determine what, if any, injuries you suffered in your accident. Finally, they can make follow-up medical treatment recommendations. For example, they can refer you to an orthopedic surgeon or a physical therapist for treatment. It is also a good idea to consult with your primary care doctor, if you have one, following your slip and fall accident.
The knowledgeable team of Redding slip and fall lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can begin handling all of the legal aspects of your slip and fall claim or lawsuit while you complete your medical treatment. Specifically, we can request copies of investigative reports, eyewitness statements, and medical treatment records and bills to date. We can then begin assembling a settlement demand package to forward to the premises owner’s insurance company.
How Do I File a Claim after a Slip and Fall?
Right after a slip and fall accident, you should immediately report the incident to a supervisor or manager in the event your fall happened on business premises. That person might ask you to fill out an incident report where you describe what happened and the injuries you sustained. You should be complete when filling out that report and specifically point out the location of your injuries as well as your symptoms.
As soon as possible after your accident, you should also speak with a knowledgeable Redding slip and fall personal injury attorney. Your lawyer can tell the insurance company how the incident occurred, the injuries you sustained, and make a monetary demand for settlement. Along with a demand letter, your lawyer will send copies of your medical records, medical bills, incident reports, lost wage documents, and other pertinent information.
The insurance company will then typically get back with the attorney and state whether or not they are accepting fault for the accident. If they are accepting fault, your lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company and pursue a favorable settlement offer on your behalf.
If not, your lawyer can file a lawsuit in the court system in the event the insurance company contests fault for the accident. Even if the insurance company accepts liability, your lawyer might still need to file a lawsuit if the insurance company refuses to offer you full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Filing a lawsuit in the court system begins the litigation stage of a slip-and-fall personal injury case. At that juncture, the parties can still resolve the case through settlement. However, the courts will establish certain deadlines by which the parties must meet various milestones.
For example, the court will likely set at least one settlement conference date, where the parties will come together and try to resolve their claim. If the parties do not settle their case during litigation, they can take the case to a jury trial, at which time a jury will decide any issues still in dispute.
The most likely disputed issue in a slip and fall accident case is the damages you deserve. The parties might also want to consider some alternative dispute resolution options, such as mediation or arbitration, to bring about a full and final resolution of the case.
The knowledgeable legal team at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can help you decide whether you should accept a pending settlement offer from the insurance company in your slip and fall claim. We can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and work to get you the best possible compensation available. If the insurance company does not offer that, we welcome the opportunity to litigate your slip-and-fall accident case in court and work to pursue a favorable resolution there.
Potential Damages in a Slip and Fall Injury Claim
Victims of Redding slip and falls often must undergo extensive, expensive medical treatment. Medical procedures, doctor bills, and physical therapy expenses can pile up very quickly. Fortunately, as part of a personal injury claim that stems from a slip and fall accident, you might be eligible to recover various damages and other monetary compensation. First and foremost, you can pursue compensation for all of your related medical expenses, lost earnings, and other out-of-pocket losses.
In addition, you might be eligible to recover non-economic damages for your inconvenience, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and other intangible damages. If you suffered a permanent injury in your slip and fall accident, you can pursue compensation for loss of the ability to use a body part (such as with paralysis) and compensation for loss of enjoyment of life.
If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident that resulted from a property owner’s negligence, you have legal options available to you. The knowledgeable legal team at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can explain to you what those options are and will do everything possible to maximize the compensation you can recover for your accident-related injuries.
Contact a Knowledgeable Redding Slip and Fall Lawyer about Your Legal Matter Today
If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, the experienced legal team at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel is ready and willing to help. Our team can promptly review the facts and circumstances of your claim with you, explain all of your legal options, and pursue the compensation you deserve through a settlement or litigation.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Redding slip and fall attorney, please call us today at (530) 241-0290 or contact us online for more information.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for Slip and Fall Injuries?
If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you should get skilled legal counsel on board in your case as soon as possible. This is because you do not have unlimited time to file a claim or lawsuit arising from your accident. Under the statute of limitations in California, an accident victim only has two years from the accident to file a claim or lawsuit seeking compensation.
The statute of limitations is extremely unforgiving. Therefore, under almost all circumstances, if you fail to file your claim or a personal injury lawsuit within that deadline, you cannot pursue monetary damages in the future for your injuries. Therefore, get a knowledgeable Redding slip and fall accident lawyer on board in your case as soon as possible.
The experienced legal team at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can file a claim or lawsuit in your case well before the statute of limitations deadline. Our legal team will immediately start negotiating on your behalf, and if litigation becomes necessary, we will zealously advocate for your personal and legal interests in court.
What is a Property Owner’s Duty of Care to a Visitor?
To determine whether a premises owner is responsible for slip and fall accidents and the injuries that result, you will need to look at whether or not the premises owner violated the duty of care. The duty of care that a premises owner owes to a visitor will depend upon the visitor’s status on the property at a given time.
A business invitee, for example, is a person who is present on business premises to further the interests of the property owner. For example, a customer at a store or shopping center qualifies as a business invitee. Property owners and managers owe business invitees the highest possible duty of care. Specifically, when it comes to their properties, they must warn about or repair any known dangerous hazards or defects on the property, such as puddles of water on the floor, a loose floorboard, a defective staircase, or a wobbly railing.
In addition, owners must regularly inspect their premises for potential dangers. If the property owner or manager knew about the defect yet failed to remedy it or warn about it properly, you can hold them responsible for any injuries you suffer in a slip and fall accident.
On the other hand, social guests—or licensees—are present on the premises for their interests. A guest at someone’s home, for example, is a licensee. A property owner owes a licensee much the same duty of care as they owe a business invitee. Specifically, the premises owner must promptly warn about or correct known hazards on the property.
One final classification of property visitors is a trespasser. A trespasser is an individual on the premises without the owner’s permission. In many instances, a property owner does not owe a trespasser a legal duty of care. However, if the trespasser is a child or someone whom the property owner knows to visit the premises regularly (even without permission), then the property owner might owe the known trespasser some legal duty of care.
If you suffered injuries on someone else’s property, you must demonstrate that the property owner owed you a legal duty of care and they violated this duty of care by failing to remedy or warn about dangers. In addition, you must demonstrate that the property owner or manager knew about the defect yet failed to act in a reasonable time.
The knowledgeable Redding slip and fall lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can review the circumstances of your fall accident with you and determine if the property owner violated their duty of care. If a violation occurs, your lawyer can assist you with bringing a claim against the property owner’s insurance company, seeking appropriate monetary damages.
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