FULLERTON Slip and fall Lawyer


Some of the most serious injuries that individuals can sustain occur because of slip and falls. However, many people don’t hear about them simply because situations like car accidents and truck accidents are more prominent.

With a slip and fall, though, it’s easy for someone to become up-ended completely, landing on his or her head or back, resulting in some catastrophic damages.

At Pirnia Law Group, we have a firm understanding of these types of cases, and we work hard to provide our clients with the necessary resources to pursue compensation for the damages they have sustained.

Trust that we are here to determine who is liable, provide you with insight of what comes next, and advocate on your behalf to pursue justice.

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What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?

Part of pursuing compensation for the injuries you sustain is recognizing some of the most common causes of slip and falls.

By recognizing cause, you can have a better idea of proving liability and holding someone accountable.

Some of the most common causes include the following:

  • Slippery floors
  • Ice on a floor
  • Spilled liquid
  • Lifted carpets
  • Torn rugs
  • Broken handrails
  • Broken staircases
  • Uneven payment

Much of the time, the problems above are the result of someone’s negligence. It is a property owner’s responsibility to maintain their premises, and this includes ensuring that there are no dangers on the grounds, especially after they’ve been notified of the issue.

Part of the responsibility of a property owner means addressing any issues on their property as part of the premises liability claim means showing that the property owner is aware of the danger but did nothing to remedy the situation.

Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?

Because there are many causes, and some of the situations involve even the simplest of problems, slip and fall accidents can happen nearly anywhere. However, understanding where your accident occurs means recognizing who you can hold accountable for the actions.

Slip and fall accidents may occur at the following places:

  • Grocery stores: Often resulting from spilled liquids on the floor
  • Private property: This often involves lifted carpet or broken stairways or handrails
  • Public property: Such as streets and sidewalks where there may be uneven pavement, potholes, and more
  • Workplaces: Where chemicals and other liquids may be on the floor

It’s essential to recognize where negligence may play a role. For instance, if you know your slip and fall occurred on public property, it may be a government entity who is responsible for the harm you sustain. For private properties, it’s the property owner.

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Is a Slip and Fall Different from Premises Liability?

Slip and fall cases fall under the umbrella of premises liability. They’re not different, but premises liability covers more acts of negligence in which a property owner can be considered liable for harm. Slip and falls, though, encompass one action in which something causes you to slip on a hazard and fall, resulting in a head injury, back injury, neck injury, broken bones, or other issues.

How Does Slip and Fall Accident Law Work in California?

In California, there are two different factors that go into slip and fall accidents.

First, what is your categorization of either an invitee, licensee, or trespasser?

Second, can you prove the various factors required to show liability in these types of cases? Here’s how each of these break down.

Categorization includes invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Both invitees and licensees have specific rights under California law, and trespassers are most often unable to pursue compensation.

Invitees are those who enter a property for the purpose of commercial benefit to the property owner (e.g., a shopper at a retail store or a renter at an apartment). A licensee is someone who is legally invited to a property for a social gathering. A trespasser, however, is someone who is on a property illegally, and the property owner has no obligation to keep him or her safe.

Proving a slip and fall case and liability, however, requires a bit more work than just understanding categorization. There are a few main factors that come into play here, including the following:

  • You must show that you were legally on someone’s property, which means that the owner of the property has a legal responsibility to provide a duty of care.
  • You must show there was a danger on the property that would essentially breach the duty of care and could cause you harm.
  • You must show that the property owner was aware of the danger and did nothing to warn of it or remedy the situation.
  • You must show that you suffered an injury as a result of the danger.

The more information you have regarding the situation, the more you can protect your rights and understand your ability to pursue justice.


Are Slip and Fall Cases Hard to Prove?

Unfortunately, there are many aspects of a slip and fall case that can complicate the legal matters pertaining to these accidents. Slip and falls often involve showing that the owner of the property where you slipped was aware of the potential danger but did nothing to remedy the issue or fix it. 

For instance, if you’re injured in a supermarket, you need to show that the store owner had received reports of spilled water but didn’t warn shoppers or clean it up. Then, if you slip and fall on the slippery surface, you may be eligible to file a slip and fall case to pursue compensation.

Can I Sue Someone if I Fall on Their Property?

Under California law, you are entitled to hold a property owner accountable if you fall and suffer an injury on their property, unless certain provisions exist. For instance, you cannot file a lawsuit if you were trespassing on this property and thus the owner had no legal right to provide you with necessary care. Similarly, if the owner did not know of the danger, there may be some complications when trying to file a lawsuit against the property owner.

How Do You Prove Emotional Distress?

Emotional distress is a big part of personal injury lawsuits, but not everyone recognizes the power that this portion of the damages has on a case.

Emotional damages don’t have a direct value, and it can become some of the most compensation you can recover. Part of proving emotional distress is being able to show that the injuries you have sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence have had a significant impact on your quality of life.

If you can show you no longer enjoy things you once did, it can serve your case well in pursuing damages for emotional distress. 

How Long After a Slip and Fall Can I Sue?

California slip and fall cases fall under similar statutes in that you have a specific timeframe by which you must file a lawsuit after the accident and you must meet the deadline or you risk forfeiting your right to file a lawsuit.

Under California law, slip and fall cases must be filed within two years of the exact date the accident and injury occurred. Make sure you speak with a lawyer about the time frame that you must abide by.

You don’t want to encounter a problem that could he been prevented had the property owner taken proper care of his or her grounds or warned of dangers to avoid someone getting hurt.

Should I Get a Lawyer for a Slip and Fall?

In a slip and fall case, you’re going against a property owner, as well as the insurance company providing homeowners insurance or business insurance. These are large businesses themselves, and they hire a massive number of legal counsel with a focus solely on protecting profits.

As such, you want to ensure that you’re safeguarding your rights. Working with a lawyer gives you a strong argument, allowing you to pursue the compensation you need following a severe slip and fall.


If you suffer a slip and fall, you need to be sure that you’re doing all you can to safeguard your rights. Gathering information and evidence that can best serve your situation can provide you with the most effective way of pursuing compensation.

For instance, if you can take photos of the danger on the property, you can help to show negligence in the matter. At Pirnia Law Group, we offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay anything unless we’re able to recover the compensation you need and desire.

Our Fullerton personal injury lawyers always aim to go above and beyond when your rights are at stake, and we’ll work hard to obtain the outcome you need when you need it most. Trust that we’re here for you every step of the way, advocating on your behalf for the most favorable outcome possible.

Call our legal team today for a free consultation to learn more about your rights and options.