You can trust Fernando D. Vargas for unparalleled personal attention and effective representation following a premises accident.
Have you been injured on someone else’s property? Maybe you suffered a slip and fall accident while shopping at the grocery store, maybe you tripped over an unmarked curb in a parking lot, or perhaps you fell on a poorly lit staircase in an apartment building.
Property owners have a duty to keep their properties in reasonably safe condition so that these kinds of accidents and injuries don’t happen. When they fail in this duty through their own negligence, injured victims can and should seek compensation.
Attorney Vargas Can Help as Your Premises Accident Attorney
Fernando D. Vargas is a highly respected premises accident attorney with over 30 years of experience in this highly specialized area of personal injury law. He knows the legal statutes and the body of case law that apply to your case, and he can leverage this knowledge in or out of court to help you get the best possible resolution to your case.
You can expect unparalleled personal service from The Law Firm of Fernando D. Vargas. We sincerely care about the success of your claim, and we will work diligently to ensure you receive the full and fair amount of compensation you deserve no matter what type of hazard your injury was related to:
- Inadequate lighting
- Unsafe walkways
- Unsafe structures
- Hidden dangerous conditions
- Wet floors
- Snow/icy roads/walk ways
- Slip/trip and fall accidents
- Inadequate security
- Falling objects
- Poor retail store maintenance
- Elevator or escalator failures
- Automatic door failures
- Building collapses
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Railroad crossing accidents
- Construction zone conditions
Now You May Wonder…
…How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
Property owners are not necessarily liable for every accident that happens on their property. In order to have a legal claim for compensation, you must first prove that the property owner was negligent. This will require showing that:
- The property owner created the dangerous condition;
- The property owner had actual knowledge about the dangerous condition; or
- The property owner should have known about the dangerous condition because through the exercise of due care, a “reasonable” person would have discovered it; and
- The property owner either failed to remove or repair the condition; or failed to warn about the dangerous condition, provided the warning would have made the condition safe.
When determining whether the property owner was “reasonable,” California law focuses on whether the property owner made regular and thorough efforts to keep his/her property safe and clean. Therefore, your personal injury lawyer will need to determine many issues, including:
- The cause of the dangerous condition
- How long the dangerous condition had been present before the victim was injured
- Whether the property owner had a procedure in place for regularly inspecting the property to determine any unsafe conditions
- Whether the property owner has any proof that the property was regularly and thoroughly inspected for any defects or unsafe conditions
- The last time the property owner inspected the premises prior to the injury occurred
It is important to note that property owners are not necessarily responsible injuries stemming from “open and obvious” hazards. California courts have held that where a danger is so obvious that a person could reasonably be expected to see it, the condition itself serves as a warning and therefore, the property owner has no duty to warn of the condition. The “open and obvious” dangerous condition is not a defense under all circumstances, especially when the condition cannot be avoided. The courts will balance the duty the property owner has to maintain the safety of the property with the duty to warn. However, the property owner may still have a duty to remedy the dangerous condition.
The simplest way to figure out how these legal principles apply to your case is to ask your premises accident attorney. You can rely on Fernando D. Vargas for a thorough and accurate assessment of the strength of the evidence in your case as it applies to proving property owner negligence.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?
Following a premises accident, you are entitled to much more than just a payoff to cover your immediate medical expenses. The property owner or their insurance provider must compensate you for all the ways that your injury has affected your life and your future. This means you can seek damages for:
- Medical bills in the past and in the future
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Assistive devices and transportation
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Inability to perform certain functions
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium (marital support and services)
You can rely on Fernando D. Vargas to help make sure all these different types of damages are properly documented and valued, so that you can seek maximum compensation for your premises accident injuries.
Call Now for Affordable Representation
At The Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we offer no-risk representation to make the services of a skilled premises accident attorney in Rancho Cucamonga affordable to all. As long as you have valid legal grounds for a claim, we will represent you with no payment due until after we win your case. The initial consultation is always free, so call 909-982-0707 now to speak with Attorney Vargas about your accident.