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Slipped due to dangerous property conditions? Stand up and fight

When you visit a restaurant, you naturally expect it to be safe through which to walk. However, hazardous conditions can easily cause you to slip and fall and become injured.

Unfortunately, if you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident in California, this can take a toll on you financially and physically. Your injuries can also be emotionally difficult to deal with. Fortunately, you have the right to seek to hold accountable the store whose dangerous property conditions caused you to suffer harm.

Property hazards

A slip-and-fall accident can easily happen as a result of a wide range of hazardous conditions, including uneven surfaces and spills. You can also suffer injuries as a result of a poorly maintained sidewalk outside of a restaurant, the uneven installation of a carpet or an unanticipated step.

Liability

No precise way exists for determining when somebody else is liable for the injuries you suffer in a slip-and-fall accident. The outcome of every case depends on whether the owner of the property where the incident took place acted in a careful manner so as to prevent the likelihood of slipping. Another important consideration is whether you happened to be careless by not noticing or avoiding the dangerous property conditions that caused you to fall.

Generally, if you have been hurt on someone else's property, you must prove that your injuries resulted from a dangerous condition and that the property owner was aware of this dangerous condition. A condition becomes dangerous if it poses an unreasonable risk and is not something a guest could have expected to encounter under the circumstances.

Filing a suit

Following an injury-causing slip-and-fall accident, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the owner of the property where you were injured, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. A preponderance of the evidence is necessary to establish liability before the civil court hearing your case. Only then will claims for financial damages be determined.

If you are successful in your suit in California, you may receive an award of damages, which may help you to address your medical costs, the loss of wages and other expenses associated with the dangerous property conditions that caused your injuries.

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