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CA injury lawyerWinter in San Jose can bring a mix of temperatures and weather conditions. Rainy days and colder evening temps mean there is a chance ice can form overnight and create slushy, slippery conditions for sidewalks, walkways, and parking lots. Any type of moisture accumulation increases your risks for slip and fall accidents, which can leave you suffering serious and potentially ongoing injuries. Take the steps now to protect yourself for the coming winter months ahead.

Winter Slips and Falls Injuries

We have all been there. You may be walking to work or out running errands over the cold weather season and you suddenly slip on a wet, slick patch. These occur both indoors and out, on neighborhood sidewalks as well as in stores and office buildings. Even if you do not actually fall, the abrupt movements associated with a slip or trip can leave you with serious injuries.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips and falls account for more than one million hospital emergency room visits each year. Among the common injuries suffered include:

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CA injury lawyerBeing in a public place and suddenly suffering a slip and fall accident can be embarrassing. While you may be tempted to downplay the incident, the fact is these types of accidents are one of the most common ways in which serious and potentially debilitating personal injuries occur. To protect your rights, the following outlines five important steps you need to follow.

What to Do When a Slip and Fall Accident Happens

Slip and fall accidents are common and can happen in any public place. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, roughly eight million people seek emergency care for slip and fall injuries each year. These can result in medical conditions you are immediately aware of, such as a broken ankle or a head injury that knocks you unconscious. They can also involve more subtle injuries, such as muscle or tendon sprains and strains, which often have symptoms which take days or even weeks to appear.

  1. Do not make any assumptions about the situation or the injuries you may have suffered. To prevent being stuck with potentially enormous out of pocket costs, follow these steps when any type of slip and fall accident occurs:
  2. Notify someone in authority right away. Filing an accident report is one of the most important steps you can take after a slip and fall. Have a friend or onlooker find the appropriate person to report your accident to before you even attempt to get back on your feet.
  3. Make note of the exact day, time, and place where the accident occurred. Look around you for anything that might have contributed to your slip and fall accident, such as wet or uneven floors, torn carpeting, or excess clutter. Under the California statutes, property owners can be held liable for failing to maintain the premises and for not letting others know that dangerous conditions exist.
  4. Get contact information for witnesses at the scene. Often times, people will immediately come forward after your accident to see if you are all right. Get a brief description of what they saw, along with their complete name and address. Enlist a friend or other onlooker to help if you are unable to do this yourself.
  5. Get medical attention immediately. If you are dizzy or having trouble walking, do not hesitate to call an ambulance to the scene. Otherwise, seek treatment at your local hospital emergency room.
  6. Follow your doctor’s instructions. Seemingly minor injuries can take weeks or even months to heal. Not following your doctor’s instructions could increase the risk of ongoing disabilities and jeopardize your rights in a claim.

Contact Us Today for Help

At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we know that slip and fall injuries can have long-ranging impacts on your health and financial security. To ensure you get the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs, reach out and contact our passionate San Jose slip and fall accident attorneys to request a consultation today.

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San Jose premises liability attorneys, reporting crimes, premises liability claim, college campus crime, stalking casesCrime can happen anywhere. However, to cut down on the risks, most of us try to be conscious of places where we might be vulnerable and areas where previous violent assaults, sexual attacks, and other crimes have occurred. When property owners fail to warn visitors of dangers or to take the actions needed to prevent crimes, they may be held liable for the damages suffered through a premises liability claim.

A recent situation in our area and throughout the state highlights the problems that can arise when companies and organizations fail to disclose criminal activity. A state audit found that college campus crime is often underreported by administrators and school officials. Parents claim that when students are unaware of the situation, it increases their risks of being victimized.

Campus Crime Underreported In California

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San Jose personal injury attorneys, premises liability, premises liability claim,  California Civil Code, property ownersIf you have ever rented an apartment, either in San Jose or elsewhere, you have likely experienced occasions where your landlord failed to address potentially dangerous conditions on your property in a timely manner. When personal injuries occur as the result of this type of negligence, you may be able to hold the property owner or the management teams legally accountable for your damages through a premises liability claim.

‘Accidents’ Resulting From Premises Liability

Section 1714(a) of the California Civil Code makes it clear that property owners and managers can be held liable for injuries that occur as the result of their negligence. This may include injuries that occur as the result of dangerous conditions that the person failed to repair, as well as injuries due to the property owner failing to warn visitors.

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