The list of causes for slip-and-fall accidents is endless. People in Los Angeles slip, trip or fall every day, many suffering serious injuries. However, some victims fail to realize that many accidents are the result of building code violations, especially concerning steps and stairwells.
Immediately Following Your Accident
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you will want to seek medical attention immediately. After that, it will be crucial to determine if your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence or a building code violation.
Stairs and Stairwells
Many slip-and-fall accident injuries occur on steps and in stairwells. You should learn everything you can about the stairs and their construction if you were injured on stairs. No matter how slight the variances and violations are, anything found can help your case. Consider the following:
- Many rules exist concerning the evenness of stair depth.
- Consistency in depth must exist from step to step throughout the entire staircase or stairwell.
- Certain parameters must be met concerning depth and distance of each step.
Regarding Building Code Violations
The insurance company may have little choice than to make you a fair settlement offer for your injuries if it can be determined that a building code violation contributed to your accident. However, while many building codes are designed to prevent slip-and-fall accidents, some code violations will not impact your case.
Where to Learn about Building Codes and Violations
Winning your injury case is more difficult than telling the owner that you slipped and are entitled to compensation. It will need to be determined that your injuries were the result of their negligence and/or a building code violation. You can learn more about building codes:
- By researching online.
- Visiting your local law library.
- Visiting your local county permit office.
- Speaking with an experienced Los Angeles slip-and-fall accident attorney.
It’s important to note that building codes can differ significantly from city to city and county to county. Make sure you know the correct city in which your injury occurred.
The Insurance Company
No matter where your accident occurred, you will likely have to deal with an insurance company. Keep in mind that their goal is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all for your damages. That is why you should order your free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.
Building Your Case
Again, the insurance company will want to take advantage of you. The experienced team at Steinberg Injury Lawyers understands slip-and-fall cases and has helped hundreds of victims recover for their damages. Our goal is to protect you from the insurance company’s tactics and get you the compensation you deserve. We know how they operate.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a slipping, tripping or falling accident, you should contact one of our experienced Los Angeles slip-and-fall accident attorneys at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385. We will evaluate the merits of your case at no charge.