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What to Know about Slip and Falls Caused by Rain

Posted on in Personal Injury

California injury lawyer, California accident attorneyWhile rain is not a common occurrence in the San Jose area, it can still contribute to slip and fall accidents at businesses. Because of the infrequency of rain, businesses may not be prepared to provide safety measures to prevent the accident.

Businesses like supermarkets and hotels have a duty to provide safe premises for the public. If someone is injured because a business fails to take reasonable precautionary measures, that business may be required to pay for medical bills and pain and suffering associated with the accident.

Steps Businesses May be Required to Take to Prevent Slip and Falls

Under California law, an entity must take “ordinary care” in managing its property. What constitutes ordinary care will vary from case to case based factors such as the type of business and the frequency of rain. In the event of rain, “ordinary care” may require a business to:

  • Have doormats at entryways;
  • Provide plastic bags for umbrellas;
  • Ensure all handrails are sturdy;
  • Install anti-slip tape on ramps and stairs.
  • Utilize warning signs for wet areas on the floor; and
  • Clean up puddles within a reasonable period of time.

Common Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can create devastating injuries. These injuries can keep you from working and enjoying life for months if not years. Common injuries include:

  • Broken bones;
  • Sprains;
  • Brain injuries; and
  • Bruising and soft tissue damage.

Injuries that occur to the lower half of the body such as a broken hip can be especially disruptive to an accident victim. Often extensive rehabilitation is required.

Contact a San Jose, CA Slip and Fall Attorney

Slip and fall accidents can be difficult to prove. Falling and getting hurt on another’s property does not entitle you to monetary compensation. You must prove that the business owner acted negligently.

In addition, a business may attempt to argue that the fall victim could have prevented the fall, meaning that the business is not liable. For example, it may argue that you were acting inattentively by looking at your cell phone or that your shoes caused the accident. A business will also investigate whether you have made similar claims in the past.

These arguments can be effectively countered by a skilled personal injury attorney who is used to standing up to insurance companies. Call the experienced San Jose slip and fall lawyers at the Jachimowicz Law Group at 408-246-5500 to schedule your first meeting with our firm.

 

Source:

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/slip-and-falls-how-to-know-whe/22123414

http://www.west.net/~smith/1714.htm

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