A person who is lawfully on the property of another is owed a duty (responsibility) by that property owner or manager to ensure that the property will be kept reasonably safe; and, to warn of any dangerous conditions that may exist on the property.  Failing to warn, fix, or take other cautionary steps by the property owner / manager may cause injuries to patrons or visitors on that property for which the owner / manager may be responsible for.  Slip and falls often occur when a dangerous condition on a property causes someone to fall and injure themselves.   Common slip and fall conditions include wet walking surfaces, or slick floors.

Trip and falls can also occur where a dangerous condition causes a person to “trip” over something, such as a short pipe sticking out of the ground, or an uneven or worn-out sidewalk, causing injuries.  At GBG we have successfully litigated trip and fall cases against large business entities, such as grocery stores, as well as governmental entities and municipalities who fail to care for property owned or within their control.  GBG handled a trip and fall case against a municipality in Southern California that caters to tourists.  This city had failed to care for its sidewalks that had crumbled and worn out over the years.  The city sidewalk caused our client’s fall and serious injuries.  Our client broke her leg and required surgery and extensive medical care.  GBG was able to successfully represent our client and recover for injuries, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Slip and fall cases are not easy to prove, and usually turn on whether the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition which caused the injury.  This is commonly referred to as the “notice” requirement.  Key evidence often gets lost or destroyed if the injured party or their family fails to act quickly and diligently to preserve the necessary evidence.  You need a skilled attorney with experience handling slip and fall cases to collect and preserve important pieces of evidence that show that the property owner / manager is liable for the condition which caused the injuries.