Although it can be embarrassing to fall in public in front of other people, in the eyes of the law, your falling may not entirely be your fault. In most cases, if you fall and injure yourself in a public place, the liability for your injuries rests with the premises owner. And, while it is important to seek legal assistance in determining liability, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of how fault is determined under the law.
Premises liability places the responsibility for your safety in the hands of the premises owner. If the owner has failed to address or remove potential hazards that contributed to your injury, it may constitute a negligent act. Some examples of these types of hazards include icy walkways, inadequately lighted stairways, falling objects or slick surfaces.
If there is a reasonable expectation that the premises owner had prior knowledge of any hazards that contributed to your injury, that person may be found negligent. In addition, the premises owner has a responsibility to deliver adequate warning of any known hazards on the property. If the owner has failed to do so, you may be entitled to damages to cover any medical expenses or lost wages you experience due to your personal injury.
After sustaining an injury as the result of a fall on public or private premises, you should immediately seek dependable legal representation. It may be that your fall is the result of negligence on the part of the premises owner, and a skilled California lawyer can help you pursue any damages from property owners or their insurance companies.