How to Get Help When You Are Injured in a Premises Accident
Most people have fallen down at some point in their life. Most people who fall are not seriously injured. Most people who fall are responsible for their fall. However, there are also those cases in which someone else was at fault and / or there are serious injuries. In that case, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit for a premises liability accident. To learn more, we encourage you to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707. You can also read on to get a basic idea of what your options are.
Is someone else responsible for your accident?
Just because you were injured on someone else’s property and you feel that they are responsible does not mean that they are legally responsible. However, it is important to remember that everyone who owns property has the responsibility to maintain their property to reasonably prevent injuries on their property. If you were on someone else’s property when you were injured then they may very well be responsible for your injuries.
That said, this is not enough on its own. They must also have acted carelessly, negligently, or recklessly. Here is one example. Let us say you were picking up your child from school when you tripped over a crumbling sidewalk and injured yourself. Is the school responsible for your fall? If they knew about or should have known about the danger and did nothing, then yes, they may be responsible. If you were in a store and fell down due to construction that was happening in the store, then they may be responsible.
Remember though that both of the above examples involve third parties you have no interest in but this is not generally how these accidents happen. Instead, it is more often the case that a person slips and falls on the property of a family member or a friend. In these situations, they often do not want to file a lawsuit because they do not like the idea of suing a friend. We understand this.
However, remember that you have real damages. You may be out of work or have mounting medical bills. If you are not responsible for the injury then you should not be responsible for these fees. Remember too that it is much more likely that the lawsuit will be filed against their homeowner’s insurer than your friend or loved one specifically.
Call us now to schedule a free legal consultation
The truth of the matter is that you will not know all of your options until you speak to a personal injury attorney. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we are standing by to take on your case. Just call us at 909-982-0707 and request a free legal consultation. If we decide to take your case, it will be on a contingency basis which means you will not have to pay a cent unless we win your case for you.