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Shopping Mall Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

When visiting your local shopping mall, few ever expect to suffer serious injury from a slip or trip and fall accident. However, mistakes can happen, and when they do, shopping mall customers may be the ones facing the physical consequences of said mistake. These slip and fall accidents can leave the victims with injuries that range from minor bumps and bruises to truly severe damages that can affect an individual for a lifetime. These more severe injuries can leave a customer with a mountain of debt accumulated as a result of the cost of medical treatment. This is not to mention that some of these injuries can leave a victim out of work for some time while they recover. Thankfully, those who have suffered the damages from a slip and fall accident caused by the neglect of a shopping mall owner or staff have every right to pursue legal action and file a shopping mall injury lawsuit in an attempt to collect monetary compensation. However, there is no guarantee that a lawsuit will end in a positive outcome. For this reason, it is incredibly important that you choose a shopping mall injury attorney that has your interest in mind, and is committed to ensuring you get the damages that you deserve. At Normandie Law Firm our shopping mall accident attorneys can do just that for you, as we offer our clients all of the resources they might need to not only fight their case but win their case. If you have any questions after reading this article, please feel free to reach out to our law offices for a free consultation by one of our skilled legal associates.

Slip (Trip) and Fall Accident & Injury
While this article focuses on slip (trip) and fall accidents that occur at shopping malls these damaging accidents can truly occur any place of business or property that has hazardous flooring. Some common causes of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are listed below as follows:

  • Wet Floors
  • Slippery Floors
  • Lack of Warning Signs
  • Loose Wiring
  • Loose Carpet
  • Cluttered Floors
  • Defective Sidewalks
  • Parking lot potholes
  • Poorly constructed staircases
  • Torn Carpeting
  • Loose Floorboards

These are just some of the causes of slip or trip and fall accidents, but in truth, they can occur whenever a hazardous floor or property condition results in a person tripping and falling. As mentioned prior these accidents can result in injuries that range from minor bumps and bruises to more severe brain and spinal cord injuries. For your reference a list of some common injuries of slip and fall accidents are listed below:

  • Head Injuries: Head injuries can range from minor contusions (or brain bruising) to more severe traumatic brain injuries or TBIs. Some TBIs can cause ongoing seizures, mood changes, cognitive impairment and other debilitating symptoms. In most cases, head injuries require emergency room treatment, or hospitalization and in more severe cases can result in death.
  • Hip Fractures: Hip fractures often require surgery and extended hospitalization. In some more serious cases, surgery may be necessary to implant an artificial hip. Out of every five hip fracture patients, one of them dies due to their injuries
  • Back and Spinal Cord Injuries: Injury to the spinal cord can lead to permanent paralysis, temporary paralysis and other severe neurological and sensory impairments
  • Shoulder Injuries: slip (trip) and fall accidents can result in shoulder dislocations or more severe forms of shoulder injuries called brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that connect the shoulder, arm, and hand to the spinal cord. These injuries are often treated with surgery followed by extensive physical therapy
  • Sprains and Fractures: The force of slipping and falling can cause minor to severe bone injuries. In some cases, the impact of the ground could cause minor sprains, in others; it could cause debilitating bone breakage that may result in temporary disability. Some of the common fractures that victims suffer include hip, spine, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand.

If you or a loved one have suffered a slip and fall accident as a result of the negligence or misconduct of a property owner or business owner you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against them for the damages. Business owners and property owners are expected to uphold the safety and security of their patrons when this expectation is failed upon and said failure results in injury the victim can sue for compensation for their damages.

Filing a Slip (Trip) and Fall Accident Lawsuit
Shopping malls are much like any other place of business or property in that when a person slips or trips and falls and is injured because of it that person can pursue legal action against them. However, the process of suing for a slip and fall accident can be incredibly tricky without the necessary resources to navigate its various nuances and hurdles.

One necessary aspect of every slip and fall accident lawsuit, or any personal injury case for that matter, is the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is essentially the time in which an individual has to bring a case to court. If they fail to follow the statute of limitations they could find their whole case dismissed, with little chance of earning proper compensation. The statute of limitations also varies from state to state, so it is important to understand how the statute of limitations in your particular state influences your case. For instance, in the state of California, a plaintiff has two years from the date of the incident to bring their case to court. There are few exceptions to this rule, and for this reason, it is in your best interest that you seek proper representation from a skilled attorney to assist you in navigating the statute of limitations that govern your case.

Another vital part of every shopping mall slip and fall accident lawsuit is being able to prove that the shopping mall owner and staff acted negligently. This act of negligence could have been something as simple as not notifying shopping mall patrons of a hazardous condition or not taking care of said hazard condition within a reasonable span of time. Proving a claim of negligence can be somewhat tricky if you don’t know the details that make up every claim. Listed below are some of the crucial elements of every successful claim of negligence:

  • Duty: The plaintiff (injured or damaged party) must be able to show that the defendant (property visitor) owed a legal duty to the plaintiff under the particular circumstances of the case.
  • Breach: The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant breached said legal duty through specific actions or failing to act appropriately
  • Causation: The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant’s actions or lack thereof caused the plaintiff’s injuries
  • Damages: The plaintiff must be able to show that they endured some specific damages. This can usually be shown through the presentation of medical records, a loss of wages, or a loss of potential income.

The best way to prove negligence in a slip and fall case is to gather adequate evidence. This adequate evidence can be made up of photographs, video footage, eyewitness accounts, police reports or even medical records. It is also recommended that you seek out this evidence as soon as possible as the longer you wait, the more likely you are to lose evidence crucial to your case. It is also important that you report your accident immediately to shopping mall staff or the owner. Making the owner or staff aware of your accident can make it so they are less able to deny the fact of your injuries and how they occurred.

When pursuing legal action against a shopping mall owner, or company, it is in your best interest that you seek proper legal assistance. There is a high chance that a shopping mall owner or company will have the resources to hire a whole team of expert lawyers capable of disputing your claim of monetary compensation. Having a skilled attorney on your side can mean the difference between filing a successful claim for compensation and having your case dismissed from court entirely.

How Normandie Law Firm Can Help
At Normandie Law Firm our experienced shopping mall slip and fall accident lawyers guide you through the often arduous process of building your case, filing your claim and collecting compensation for your damages. Our attorneys practice in San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, Bakersfield, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento and throughout the state of California.

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Some attorneys are lazy, and will sign you up to their firm but will disappear once your name is on the paper as they are busy signing up more cases. In these instances, their business is based more on volume and will attempt to sign up as many cases as possible. In turn, they will spend less time on cases resulting in severely reduced settlements. Our firm will not treat you like a number. We will be in communication with you throughout our lawsuit and will treat you like family. So if you already have an attorney don’t worry, we’ll give you a second review of your case 100% free of charge.

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If you contact our law offices today, we can walk you through the complicated process of filing your claim completely free of charge. As a show this commitment to you and your case we offer our clients the benefits of a zero fee guarantee policy. Under our zero fee policy, all clients don’t pay for our services until their case is won. If you feel in need of a second opinion, second opinion case reviews are also free under this policy. Please, feel free to give us a call, and we can guide you down the path of receiving proper compensation for your damages.

 

 

 

 

 

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