Slip and fall accidents often trace back to property owner neglect. The owner of the land, home or business may have negligently failed to maintain a safe premises, leading to a slip and fall hazard. Poor maintenance, lack of regular inspections and landowner carelessness could all lead to harmful accidents. At the Law Offices of Howard Kitay, we defend the rights of those injured by negligent property owners in La Presa. Please contact us for a free consultation if you have injuries from a recent fall.
It may seem like you will save money by not hiring an attorney, but this is typically not the case. Even after your lawyer assesses legal fees for his or her services, you may walk away with better compensation than an insurance company would be willing to offer you alone. A lawyer knows how to aggressively negotiate for higher settlement awards from insurance adjusters. Hiring a lawyer with trial experience often pushes an insurer to offer higher amounts to avoid going to court. Using an attorney to handle your case for you could lead to a better financial future.
One of the first steps toward pursuing compensation for a slip and fall in La Presa is identifying the cause of your accident. The person or entity that caused or contributed to your fall will be the one financially responsible for your losses. You may need to hire an attorney to investigate your recent accident for you. Our lawyers can revisit the scene of your fall and search for clues as to causation.
If a reasonable and prudent store or property owner would have taken better care to remove the slip and fall defect or prevent accidents from happening, the defendant in question may be liable for your damages. While a property owner may not be liable for every accident and injury that occurs on a premises, the owner will be responsible for his or her acts of negligence that contributed to the fall.
A successful premises liability claim against a negligent property owner or another party could lead to a settlement from an insurance company or a judgment award at trial. California’s civil laws may make you eligible to recover expenses such as medical costs, lost wages and legal fees. Your lawyer may also be able to argue for non-economic losses such as emotional distress, humiliation and lost quality of life. Finally, you could be eligible for punitive damages if the courts find the property owner guilty of wanton disregard, gross negligence or intent to harm.
Find out what your slip and fall accident claim could be worth in the San Diego County civil courts through a free consultation with the lawyers at the Law Offices of Howard Kitay. We can review your injuries and related damages to help you calculate a fair value. Then, if we accept your case, we can assist you during insurance negotiations. Our La Presa slip and fall accident lawyers can walk you through all the steps toward obtaining compensation. Call us at (619) 442-0542 to schedule an initial meeting today.