According to California law, property owners can be liable for slip and fall accidents under certain circumstances, such as:
They either know or, through the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about a hazardous condition on their restaurant's premises and failed to repair it.
They don’t protect against hazardous situations.
The parking lot lacks adequate warnings about hazards.
The Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers at Steinberg Injury Lawyers know how severe slip and fall injuries can be.
If you or someone you know sustained a minor or serious injury on someone else’s property, contact a slip and fall accident lawyer for a free consultation and legal advice.
Learn more about restaurant liability in slip and fall parking lot accidents below.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Common slip and fall accidents in California are caused by:
- Broken furniture
- Broken or missing railings
- Failure to put up warning signs about known hazards
- Failure to rope off construction zones
- Leaks in plumbing or roofing
- Loose carpets
- Uneven floors and poor construction
- Uncovered cables and cords
Who’s Liable for Slip and Fall Parking Lot Accidents in California?
Property owners and managers in California have a duty of care, which includes protecting those who enter their property from harm. That duty of care applies to those who own, lease, occupy, or control the property.
Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
The most common types of slip and falls can result in both minor and severe injuries. They include but are not limited to the injuries listed below:
Hip, wrist, and ankle fractures are some of the most common types of broken bones in slip and fall accidents. The CDC reports that more than 95 percent of broken hips result from falls.
Soft tissue damage is often not something you can see. It could be either as minor as small sprains in the ankles and wrists or as major as devastating tears in the ligaments and tendons. If untreated, these injuries can cause pain and make you more susceptible to other injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) happen when a person hits their head on an object or surface while they fall. TBIs could be minor or significant depending on the damage to the brain.
Cuts and abrasions can look quite severe, but the injuries are often not as bad as they seem. However, even shallow cuts can become infected.\
Back and spinal cord injuries can result in either life-long or temporary paralysis; they may also lead to neurologic damage, sensory impairment, or even death.
Shoulder and neck injuries can be either minor or severe, but either can lead to problems later in life if they don’t heal properly.
Knee injuries are often the result of slipping and falling in a parking lot. Depending on how severe the damage is, a knee injury can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months to heal.
Contact a Los Angeles Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
It doesn’t matter if you’re physically in the restaurant or the parking lot at the time of the slip and fall accident. If it was caused by negligence, you might be entitled to damages. At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping our clients get maximum compensation for injuries sustained. Don’t wait until it’s too late to pursue a personal injury case. Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers today for your free initial consultation.