Slip and fall accidents can produce devastating injuries. Whether you are dealing with a compound fracture, traumatic brain injury, amputation, spinal cord injury, or other severe medical condition, you may have the right to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and more if someone else is responsible.
The experienced Santa Rosa slip and fall attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen can help you analyze the details of your case and explore your legal options. We offer free consultations.
The Santa Rosa slip and fall accident attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen represent slip and fall victims on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t charge our clients fees when we handle their slip and fall claims until and unless we recover financial compensation on their behalf. This means that you won’t ever owe us any upfront fees or out of pocket fees for us to handle your slip and fall case.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, even serious injuries, and can’t afford to get them treated, we can get you to doctors who will treat your injuries without charging you for treatment until your case over. Doctors do this for us because they know that when someone hires a Santa Rosa slip and fall accident lawyer from Nadrich & Cohen, they’re going to get great results.
We have been representing slip and fall accident victims since 1990 and have recovered in excess of $400,000,000 for our clients. Our vast experience in handling slip and fall cases means our personal injury law firm can prove negligence was responsible for your injuries sustained and recover the maximum possible compensation in your premises liability claim from an insurance company or property owner.
Call our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation, text us from this page or fill out the free case evaluation on this form on this page if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a slip and fall accident. A personal injury lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your slip and fall injuries.
Recoverable Damages In A Santa Rosa Slip And Fall Claim
You have the right to be made whole when someone else is at fault for your injuries. You may be able to receive compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Some of the possible types of losses you could recover in your Santa Rosa slip and fall claim include:
A slip and fall accident victim’s injuries can leave them facing many medical expenses. In addition, the injuries suffered could necessitate future treatments, meaning the victim will face even more medical bills in the future. Our Santa Rosa slip and fall injury lawyers can help you recover financial compensation for any past or future medical bills which are related to your injuries.
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One common form of recoverable damages in a personal injury case such as a slip and fall case is lost wages. Your slip and fall accident could have caused you to miss time from work because you were injured too severely to work. You might have also missed time from work in order to have your slip and fall accident injuries treated. Our Santa Rosa slip and fall accident lawyers can help you recover financial compensation for any wages you were unable to earn due to your accident.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
Slip and fall accident injuries sometimes leave their victims permanently disabled. This can result in a loss or reduction of earning capacity, since disability can leave the victim unable to work again or unable to again work in the same field. Our Santa Rosa slip and fall law firm can help you recover compensation for any loss or reduction of your earning capacity caused by your accident.
Pain And Suffering
When a person slips and falls and is injured, they can experience physical pain and mental suffering as a result. We are experts at placing accurate values on the pain and suffering our slip and fall clients experience and making sure they are fairly compensated for their pain and suffering.
If you have lost a loved one to a slip and fall accident, a Santa Rosa slip and fall accident attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover financial compensation for:
- Your grieving and suffering
- The loss of your loved one’s income
- Your loved one’s funeral and burial costs
- The loss of your loved one’s companionship and love
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Your loved one’s medical bills
- The loss of your loved one’s household services
Common Causes Of Slip And Fall Accidents In Santa Rosa
Slip and fall accidents can occur in several ways. Many people underestimate the potential severity of slip and fall injuries. However, if your slip and fall injuries have significantly affected your life, you may have the right to hold the liable party accountable.
Your personal injury attorney will need to carefully examine how your slip and fall accident occurred to prove fault. Some of the possible causes of Santa Rosa slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Broken or cracked pavement
- Unsecured carpeting
- Broken stairs or ladders
- Improper maintenance
- Debris in a walkway
- Loose flooring
- Poor lighting
- Defective handrails
Liability In A Slip And Fall Lawsuit
Property owner negligence causes many slip and fall accidents in Santa Rosa. Property owners must maintain the safety and integrity of their property at all times for their invited guests and patrons. When a property owner fails to uphold this duty of care, their actions can cause severe and life-threatening injuries to their guests.
However, it is important to know that a property owner is not the only party that could share liability for your slip and fall injuries. For example, if a defective handrail caused your injuries, not only could the property owner be held accountable, but the handrail manufacturer, the contractor who installed the handrails, and other third parties could also share fault.
For this reason, your Santa Rosa slip and fall attorney must thoroughly analyze the details and evidence in your case to uncover all culpable parties and explore all possible avenues of compensation.
Property Owner Liability Exclusions You Need To Know
In some cases, property owners may escape liability for a victim’s slip and fall injuries, such as if the injured person was trespassing or committing a crime at the time of their injury.
Property owners only owe a duty of care to invited guests and patrons. The property owner’s duty of care does not apply to someone who is trespassing or should not be at the property owner’s premises.
The property owner may also avoid liability in cases where the dangerous conditions are considered open and obvious. For example, say you were in a restaurant where a patron spilled a beverage. The staff placed a “wet floor” sign near the spill to warn guests of the hazard until they could clean it up.
If you ignored the sign and slipped and fell on the wet floor, you would likely be unable to hold the property owner accountable.
How California Shared Fault Laws Could Impact Your Slip And Fall Accident Claim
It is important to consider how California’s pure comparative negligence laws could impact the outcome of your slip and fall injury claim. Per California Code CIV 3-3-1714, if you are partially responsible for causing your injuries, you can still recover compensation for your damages.
In fact, you could be 99% at fault for your injuries and still receive compensation for the 1% of liability that is not yours. However, sharing fault will impact the outcome of your case. If you are partially at fault for your slip and fall injuries, your injury settlement will be reduced accordingly.
The amount of compensation deducted from your injury settlement will correlate with your percentage of liability. For example, if you were texting on your phone and not paying attention to where you were going when you slipped and fell on broken pavement, the judge might find you 15% at fault for your injuries. If the jury awarded you $1 million for your damages, your injury settlement would be reduced by 15%, leaving you with $850,000.
Statute Of Limitations For A Slip And Fall Case In Santa Rosa
If you are interested in pursuing a Santa Rosa slip and fall claim, you must do so before the statute of limitation runs out.
Under California law, personal injury claims, including slip and fall accident cases, have a two-year statute of limitations, per CCP § 335.1. If you do not file your claim before this deadline, you will lose your chance to have your case heard in the Santa Rosa civil courts.
Do I Need A Santa Rosa Slip And Fall Lawyer?
The law in California is clear: if you have been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence, the at-fault party (or, typically, their insurance company) is obligated to compensate you for your injuries.
However, the problem for injury victims is that this law is enforced through the civil court system, not the criminal court system.
The problem which injury victims who try to handle their injury claims on their own will run into is that the insurance company will typically offer them a low ball offer, refusing to actually pay them what they’re entitled to under the law for their injuries.
The reason insurance companies do this to injury victims without a lawyer is because their obligation to pay injury victims what they’re entitled to up to policy limits can only be enforced through the civil court system. In other words, in order to force an insurance company to pay you what you deserve, you need to be able to sue them in civil court and win.
Insurance companies have a lot of money. They can afford to hire lawyers to defend them in court. Because of this, they know that you can’t beat them in a civil lawsuit if you don’t have a lawyer of your own.
So, if you’re not represented by an experienced slip and fall lawyer like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen, the insurance company is simply going to offer you a tiny settlement offer, daring you to sue them over it, knowing you can’t.
This is why you need experienced slip and fall lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen if you want to recover the compensation you’re entitled to for your slip and fall injuries.
When insurance companies see a letter from us saying we represent you, they suddenly know that you mean business. They suddenly know that you can take them to court over their low ball offer and you can win. They suddenly know that if they try to take you on in court, they will lose, so it will be a waste of legal fees. They suddenly know that it’s better to pay you what you deserve out of court now instead of being forced to pay you what you deserve in court, where they’ll have to pay expensive legal fees as well.
Studies show that injury victims who hire lawyers recover far more financial compensation for their injuries than injury victims who do not hire lawyers, even once attorney fees are taken into consideration. Calling experienced slip and fall lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen gives you the best chance possible to recover the most compensation possible for your slip and fall accident injuries.
Call us today for a free consultation so we can get started helping you put your life back together after your slip and fall injuries.
Get Help From A Santa Rosa Slip And Fall Lawyer
When you are ready to bring the liable party to justice and seek compensation for your damages, reach out to Nadrich & Cohen. Our firm is proud to offer no-cost, risk-free consultations to slip and fall accident victims across Santa Rosa and nearby cities.
Claim yours by completing our convenient contact form or calling our office. Our Santa Rosa slip and fall lawyers can discuss your case’s details and explain how an attorney from our team can help you.