Wet floors are one of the major causes of slip and fall injuries, causing people to lose their footing suddenly. Depending on the health of the victim and how the accident occurs, major bodily harm, such as broken bones and head trauma, can occur.
Southern California and Hollywood premises liability attorneys work with victims of slip and fall accidents to file negligence claims against property owners. In a public place, such as a shopping mall or supermarket, the owner has a responsibility to keep the store’s patrons safe by maintaining dry floors. Often, the best way to do this is by running floor-drying fans, fixing leaky roofs and placing area rugs or wet-floor warning signs in potentially hazardous areas.
A major slip and fall accident for an elderly person could mean an extensive stay in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility. Serious injury, such as a broken hip, may cause permanent damage and render the victim unable to work or live independently. In such cases, a premises liability attorney is often contacted to sue the Hollywood property owner for financial damages.
If negligence can be proven, an attorney will either proceed with an injury lawsuit in court or try to reach a settlement with the property owner. Due to high court costs and the time involved in preparing for trial, it is often in the best interest of both parties to settle the matter quickly. Howard C. Kornberg is a personal-injury lawyer who has earned a high level of respect in Santa Monica, California because of his integrity and high standards of excellence.
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