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Slip & Fall Accident in Fresno, CA

Fresno Slip and Fall Attorney

At Tim D. Wright, our attorneys understand the serious impact that a slip and fall accident can have on a victim's life. The victim of a slip and fall can sustain painful injuries, face high medical costs for emergency and long-term treatment as well as be unable to work and earn income for an extended period of time.

However, if the accident resulted from the negligence of a property owner, a slip and fall victim might have legal options available to him or her. The individual may be qualified to seek a legal claim that can result in reimbursement of all medical costs and compensation for the individual's lost wages, pain and suffering and even more.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip, trip and fall in Fresno or elsewhere in California, you can talk with a lawyer from Tim D. Wright, today and learn more about the choices available to you.

Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Slip and Fall Accident?

You might be worried about your ability to pay for an attorney to manage your slip and fall case. However, at Tim D. Wright, we will charge no legal fees or case expenses unless we get a financial recuperation for you. We don't want cost concerns to keep you from getting the legal aid you need.

Our team believes a lawyer can play a crucial role in your case, especially when dealing with insurance providers. The reality is that the insurance providers will try to pay as little compensation as possible for the physical, psychological and financial damage you have suffered. A lawyer will be focused on protecting you and your interests.

A Fresno premises liability lawyer at Tim D. Wright, will:

  • Extensively examine your slip and fall and develop the toughest case possible
  • Consult with professionals that will allow us to understand why your slip and fall took place, who should be held responsible and what medical care and treatment you will need to recover from your injuries.
  • Submit all claims on your behalf in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Aggressively pursue a settlement that fully compensates you for your losses or take your case to court (if necessary).
  • Structure any type of award you receive to ensure that it maximizes your reimbursement and guarantees you will receive the medical care you need in the future.

We are a law firm that is passionate about pursuing outcomes that will truly make a difference in the lives of our clients in Fresno and throughout California.

What Must You Prove in a Slip and Fall Case?

A slip and fall accident is a kind of premises liability case. It can be brought against any kind of property owner or inhabitant, including a private homeowner, store or other business or a local, state or federal government.

To recoup damages in an California slip and fall case, you typically have to show:

  • A condition on the property presented an unreasonable risk of injury to you. Hazards that could cause a person to slip, trip and fall include:
  • Broken or uneven pavement on sidewalks or in parking lots
  • Snowy, icy or wet floors and walkways
  • Ripped, torn or loose rugs and carpets
  • Liquids spilled on floors
  • Broken or uneven stairs
  • Poor lighting in hallways, stairwells, or outside walkways
  • Holes in the ground or objects sticking out of the ground
  • Broken, missing or loose handrails
  • Malfunctioning escalators or elevators
  • The property owner knew or, in the exercise of normal care, should have known of both the condition and injury possibility. In other words, the owner or occupier had "actual notice" based on seeing the slip and fall risk or creating the hazard or "constructive notice" based on the hazard being there long enough that the owner or occupier should have seen it.
  • The property owner could have reasonably anticipated that you would not have discovered or realized the risk or would fail to protect yourself against the danger. For example, you would not have known that an office building lobby was slippery since it had recently been mopped.
  • The property owner neglected to take sensible steps to protect you by either fixing the hazard or giving you an adequate warning about it.
  • As a result of the property owner's negligence, you sustained injuries.

As you consider whether you have the option to bring a slip and fall case, you will need to ask yourself several key questions, including:

  • If you tripped or slipped, had the hazardous area been there long enough so that the owner should have known about it?
  • If there once was a good reason for the object to be there but that reason no longer exists, could the object have been removed?
  • Was there a more secure place the object could have been located without much greater inconvenience or expense to the property owner?
  • Could a basic barrier have been developed or a warning given to prevent you from slipping or tripping?
  • Did insufficient or broken lighting contribute to the accident?

What Compensation Can I Acquire for a Slip and Fall Injury?

A slip and fall accident can result in a wide variety of severe injuries, including fractures, soft-tissue damage, spinal cord injuries as well as traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is important to work with an attorney that will seek maximum reimbursement for the damage you have suffered, including:

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Lost wages and decreased earning ability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life

A property owner's insurance company may attempt to put blame on you for your slip and fall accident. For instance, the insurance provider may allege that you tripped, slipped and fell due to an "open and obvious" hazard that you should have recognized or did something else that was negligent.

In California, you could be barred from recovering anything if you were more than 50 percent responsible for your injury. Otherwise, your damages would be decreased by an amount that is proportionate to the percentage of fault attributed to you.

Your legal representative from Tim D. Wright, will aggressively counter any type of unfounded claims made by a property owner's insurance company and work diligently to protect your rights.

I am very satisfied and thankful with Attorney Tim Wright and his whole team for taking care and handling my fathers personal injuries case. Thank you all very much your staff is amazing, very helpful.
Abraham Ortega
The Law Offices of Tim D. Wright were awesome. They were professional, they kept an open communication with me through out the process.  Big shout out to Sergio and Mercedes for being very helpful with my settlement.
Frank Medina

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