Slip and Falls in Shopping Malls
Similar to retail stores, shopping malls are heavily frequented by the public. In California, there are over two hundred (200) shopping malls, with about 25,000 stores in these malls. The large number of mall patrons coincides with a large number of slip and falls. These falls are caused by unsafe conditions, such as slippery surfaces, raised or uneven floors, inadequate lighting, defective stairways, and unsafe handrails. Based on these conditions, slip and falls may result in substantial physical injuries, medical bills, and lost income. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Slip and falls are governed by the laws of negligence. Generally, the property owner owes a duty of care to any individuals in the shopping mall. This duty requires the property owner to maintain the shopping malls in a reasonably safe condition. As such, the owner must conduct routine inspections and repair or clearly warn of any unsafe conditions. If the owner fails to do so, he or she may be liable for your injuries.
These slip and fall cases often result in disputes regarding which persons are responsible for maintaining the shopping mall. The property owner may have contracted with another person that manages the shopping mall’s operations. Also, the owner and shopping mall manager may have contracted with additional persons for overall maintenance of the shopping mall. Fault also depends on the location of your fall within the shopping mall. For example, if you fell in a retail store, the store will also be at-fault for your injuries. An experienced slip and fall attorney will conduct a thorough investigation, including obtaining all contracts relating to the shopping mall, to determine all at-fault persons.
In order to establish that these persons are at-fault, your slip and fall attorney must show the following:
- The shopping mall was in an unsafe condition;
- The defendants knew or should have known about the unsafe condition;
- The defendants failed to repair or adequately warn of the unsafe condition; and
- The defendants’ failure was the proximate cause of your injuries.
Slip and falls at shopping malls often result in significant injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, and spinal cord injuries. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may require extensive and expensive medical treatment, and miss time from work. However, the law compensates victims of negligence for these items. As such, it is important that you retain an experienced slip and fall attorney, who will thoroughly investigate your fall so that you receive all the money you deserve for your injuries.
Please preserve all evidence relating to your fall, including receipts, bills, and medical records. Please also note the identities of your treating healthcare providers. In order to prove the opposing party was at-fault, it is better to have more rather than less evidence.Contact Us Today
Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall at a shopping mall or center. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to slip and falls throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.