Each year, thousands of slips, trips, and falls occur in public locations across the United States. While the injuries range from bumps and bruises to devastating injuries, these falls are often frustrating encounters because they likely could have been avoided. When a slip, trip, or fall occurs and injures you or your loved ones, you deserve answers. When injuries occur as a result of negligence, you deserve relief.
Liability in Slip and Fall Accidents in California
Determining the individuals who may be sued after a slip, trip, or fall can be tricky. There are a number of people who may be partially or fully responsible for you injuries. However, California is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that a party may only be found to be liable for the part they played in your accident. It is best to name all parties that may be liable for an injury in states with pure comparative negligence, as you want to ensure that you obtain the maximum amount of relief for your damages. Responsible parties may include:
- Property Owner: In slip and fall cases, the property owner could be found liable for your damages. Property owners may be sued if they are responsible for maintaining the portion of the premises on which the slip and fall occurred. For example, if a slip, trip, or fall occurred in the parking lot of the plaza you were shopping in, the property owner may be found liable for injuries that occurred.
- Tenant: A tenant is a business owner who rents a premises to conduct business activities. Tenants are responsible for maintaining the property in such a way that allows the premises to be safe for customer use. This includes the requirement of monitoring the property to determine if any hazardous conditions are present on the property.
- Third parties: Third party vendors may also be liable for damages they cause as a result of negligence. Many vendors frequently enter the premises of a business owner to engage in their own business activity. When a third party causes you injury, proving liability may be difficult.