Slip & Fall ATTORNEYS
‘Slip and fall’ accidents are one of the most common types of premises liability cases we handle. Such accidents occur when a property owner fails to maintain their property—whether it is a store, home, swimming pool, work area, or city-owned sidewalk—and someone falls and is injured as a result. In the State of California, property owners are legally responsible for maintaining and repairing their property as necessary to ensure the safety of the public.
Ensuring that you have proper legal representation if you are injured in a slip and fall accident is crucial, as injuries can be severe. Common injuries from a fall include broken arms and legs, ankle and wrist fractures, knee and back injuries, torn ACLs, broken hips, brain injuries, and more.
Penney & Associates will help you to collect the financial damages you need to pay your medical costs, cover lost income, and compensate you for your pain and suffering.
AYERS V. SPORTS IMPORTS INC.
Jury Verdict: $295,000
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
On May 15, 2005, 15-year old Alexandra Ayers was participating in club volleyball at UC Santa Barbara’s Event Center. In the course of play, Ayers jumped and landed on the base area of a portable referee stand, causing an anterior cruciate ligament rupture of the left knee, as well as other injuries. The plaintiff underwent numerous surgeries, but claimed that she never fully recovered. Consequently, the plaintiff—who was considered one of the top 25 volleyball recruits in the country—lost a valuable scholarship to a major university.
In sum, the plaintiff alleged that the sloping leg configuration of the referee stand was defective, causing the stand to be in an area where players routinely landed after spiking the ball. The plaintiff contended that UCSB was also negligent by failing to replace the stands with ones that did not protrude as much as the recently installed referee stands.
Defendant Sports Imports Inc. argued that it had never had any other reported injuries with this stand. Defendant UCSB argued that the plaintiff’s parents had signed a waiver and release of liability and that the stand was perfectly safe for its intended use.
The case settled with the defendants for the sum of $295,000.
HOW DO SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS OCCUR?
Common scenarios in which people slip, fall, and are injured include:
If you have been injured because a property owner failed to maintain a safe environment, the lawyers of Penney & Associates can help. Let us handle the fight for the financial compensation you deserve, so that you can rest easy and recover from your injuries.
WHAT IS PREMISES LIABLITY?
When we speak of ‘premises liability,’ we are referring the legal responsibility a property owner—whether that be a private citizen, business, or government—to maintain a safe environment on their property. This means ensuring walkways are clear of obstacles, providing security if there’s good reason to do so, preventing exposure to hazardous materials, protecting you from animals on the premises, and much more.
If you are injured because of a property owner’s negligence, you have the legal right to file a claim for damages, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact Penney and Associates today if you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident. We offer risk-free consultations to establish the facts of your case and present you with your options, based upon your specific circumstances. Whether you’re seeking a settlement out of court, or are looking for attorneys who are ready to bring your case to trial, we stand ready to offer you the legal assistance you need.
Fulfilling all five of these requirements while building a legal case is not an easy thing. To ensure the best possible chance of winning your case after an accident, it’s necessary to have the expertise of an experienced attorney on your side. The lawyers of Penney & Associates can help you win your case and receive the financial compensation you need to recuperate and rebuild your life.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU'RE INJURED IN A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT?
- Medical attention comes first. If you are seriously injured, your first priority is to protect your health. Follow all medical advice provided by your doctor and other healthcare professionals, and retain copies of any documentation, prescriptions, bills, and so on.
- If the owner or any personnel come to your assistance, collect their names and any contact information, if possible.
- If there are witnesses in the area, collect their information.
- Do not speak to an insurance claims adjuster.
- Save the shoes and clothing you were wearing. Bag them up.
- Contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in slip and fall accidents.
- Carefully follow your attorney’s instructions.