Slip and Fall on Broken Sidewalk Leads to $3 Million Settlement
When you trip over a crack in the sidewalk, an item that has been left in a hazardous location, or due to another cause while on someone else’s property, you could be eligible to recover monetary damages in respect of your accident. While many slip and fall accidents leave their victims relatively unscathed, save for a bruised ego perhaps, those which result in more severe injuries should not be allowed to be swept under the carpet. If you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident, a Los Angeles premises liability attorney could help you to hold the property owner accountable for their negligence.
Take, for example, the case of Holli S. Breakfield, who hit her head on a Hollywood sidewalk in 2014, while being carried on the shoulders of a man who tripped due to multiple defects in the sidewalk’s surface. Ms. Breakfield’s premises liability lawsuit was recently brought to a close when the Los Angeles City Council agreed a settlement of $3 million. This is just the most recent case involving premises liability and Los Angeles City Council, who have come under fire for the disrepair of pavements, sidewalks, and other public areas. $220,000 was also paid to a woman injured in another 2014 slip and fall, while around $19 million was paid out during 2017 in compensation to cyclists injured or killed on city streets.
Slip and Fall Accidents, and How a Los Angeles Premises Liability Attorney Can Help You
Slip and fall accidents can happen pretty much anywhere, with injuries potentially ranging from very minor, to catastrophic and even fatal. Whether you have been injured while walking along the sidewalk, while using hotel or restaurant facilities, or in another incident on someone else’s property, a Los Angeles premises liability attorney from Compass Law Group, PC could help you secure the compensation you deserve. Of course, you can choose to represent yourself while seeking compensation for a slip and fall accident, but instructing a Los Angeles premises liability attorney to act on your behalf can greatly increase the settlement you receive.
In order to secure a successful outcome on your behalf, your Los Angeles premises liability attorney will need to prove that each of the following conditions existed:
- The owner of the property where your accident occurred owed you a duty of care
- That duty of care was breached, either because the property owner failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent a slip and fall accident, or created the dangerous condition causing the accident
- That breach of care was either the primary or secondary cause of your accident
- The property owner can be shown to either have known, or should have known, that the dangerous conditions existed, and that precautions should have been taken to avoid an accident
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