Premises Liability Attorney in Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County
What appears to be just a simple fall can result in far more than an embarrassing moment – It can bring serious and sustained injuries. Broken bones, torn ligaments, deep tissue bruising could all be hiding beneath the surface, taking time to present themselves. If you or someone you know has been involved in a slip and fall (Premises Liability) injury in Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County, we recommend you seek the services of an experienced and aggressive Southern California attorney.
Slip and Fall Injuries in The Workplace
The National Floor Safety Institute reports concrete statistics that help illustrate the epidemic of Slip and Fall Injuries:
- 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition)
- 22% of slip/fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work (US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2002).
- Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 15-24 years.
- Disabling (temporary and permanent) occupational injuries due to falls are approximately $250,000-$300,000 per year.
- Falls occur in virtually all manufacturing and service sectors. Fatal falls however are in construction, mining and certain maintenance activities.
- According to Workers Compensation statistics from ITT-Hartford Insurance Company, falls account for 16% of all claims and 26% of all costs. This compares to 33% of costs associated with sprains and strains.
- According to the American Trucking Association, slips and falls are the leading cause of compensable injury in the trucking industry.
- According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
- Fall fatalities are nearly equally divided between men and women. However, more women will experience a slip-and-fall accident. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls accounted for 5% of the job-related fatalities for women compared to 11% for men.
- Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.
- Fractures are the most serious consequences of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall.
- According to the CDC In 2005, more than 15,800 people over the age of 65 died as a result of a fall. Up from 7,700 a decade earlier. The CDC also reports that approximately 1.8 million people over the age of 65 were treated in an emergency room as a result of a fall.
- Total injuries due to falls estimated at $13-14 million per year in U.S. Falls are the number one cause of accidental injury, resulting in 20.8 percent of all emergency room visits in 1995. (Motor vehicle accidents accounted for 11.9 percent of ER visits.)
Your Rights in a Premises Liability Case
A tactical approach from an experienced attorney can help you determine the most appropriate form of legal action. The property owner of a business, commercial building or property could be liable. Property owners have a legal obligation to maintain safe environments. The Law Office of Michael J. Holmes takes an investigative approach each of our Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County premises liability cases.
Premises Liability laws stipulate that parties that own, lease, occupy or control property are accountable for any injuries occurring on that property if it can be established that they were negligent in their use or maintenance of the property. The law goes on to establish that if the responsible individual(s)’ conduct caused the injuries, the liability continues to be theirs.
We have the ability to photograph the scene and subpoena reports and business records. This allows our investigator insight to see whether or not there have been other reports about the same or similar unsafe conditions that caused your injury. If it can be established that the property owner(s) did not exercise reasonable care and they were aware of the dangers, we can use that information to establish liability.
Uneven footing, cracked pavement, lack of adequate lighting, no security, slippery surfaces, unrepaired property, and other circumstances could be contributing factors in your injuries. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills.
Been in a Slip and Fall Accident? The Law Office of Michael J Holmes can help!
Premises Liability cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. When we accept your case, you pay no fees or costs unless we recover damages for you. Bottom line: If YOU don’t get paid, we don’t either. For those who may be struggling with injuries or handicaps, we are glad to arrange meeting you at the hospital or your home; whichever is most convenient for you.
If you or a loved one was has been the victim of a Premises Liability Accident, we urge you to contact our law office for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day at (888) 322-3945. For your convenience, evening and weekend appointments are available.
The Law Offices of Michael J. Holmes, PC, serves San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange County.
505 North Tustin Avenue. Suite 195
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone (714) 667-6844