Fact or Fiction: How Much Do You Know about Premises Liability Accidents in California?
What do you know about California premises accidents, such as slip and fall accidents? When someone gets hurt on someone else’s property or on their own, they frequently discover that they had no prior knowledge of the situation. Take this quiz to discover how well you know your stuff. For a free legal consultation regarding an accident in which you were harmed, call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707.
Fact or Fiction: If you were partially at fault for an accident, you can recover damages
Fact. Is it too late to pursue a personal injury claim if you slip and fall on someone else’s property and it was partially your fault? This varies from state to state, but in California, you can claim damages even if you were partially at fault. Your damages, on the other hand, will be lowered by your degree of fault. For example, if your accident was ruled to be 10% your responsibility, your damages would be reduced by 10%.
Fact or Fiction: A property owner can be held liable for a hazard that they were unaware of
Fact. Can a property owner be held accountable for injuries that occur as a result of a hazard or danger on or in their property if they are unaware of the hazard or danger? They can. If the plaintiff can prove that the danger was serious enough or obvious that the owner should have known about it, then they do not have to prove that the owner did know about it.
Fact or Fiction: If you are suing a big company, it is a good idea to exaggerate your injuries
Fiction. People often feel that if they sue a huge corporation, the corporation will offer a large settlement solely to resolve the case. As a result, they falsely claim to have experienced major, catastrophic injuries. They do this because they expect the insurance company to dispute their claim, so it is wise to start higher than they think their case is worth.
This is a huge blunder. Because they typically have lawyers working for them, large corporations are more likely than smaller corporations to challenge a premises accident. If you overstate your injury in your original claim and it comes up in front of a judge or jury, it might be used as proof that your entire claim is bogus.
What was your score on the quiz? If you have been injured on someone else’s property, regardless of your score, call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.