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What are one's rights after a slip-and-fall accident?

Slipping or tripping and then falling is at best very embarrassing, but when it happens in public, one often feels like a fool, jump up and think "how stupid of me." Few people may stop to think about who was at fault. Interestingly slip\-and\-fall injuries are quite a common occurrence, constituting a large percentage of all injuries relating to shopping and often not the fault of the victim.

California consumers may be surprised to know that they have specific rights in cases where they were injured after slipping or tripping and then falling down in a store. As in the case of other types of injuries, victims should make sure that they follow the correct procedures. First and foremost, injuries should be recorded. It is important for an injured victim to draw attention to his or her dilemma should no one witness the fall in order to obtain assistance and the needed emergency care in case of serious injury. If at all possible, take photos of injuries.

Secondly, it is important to record exactly what happened as well as how the accident occurred. A victim together with the person in charge of the shop should fill out an incident report. It may even be necessary for the police to also complete their own report. The more records there are to prove what happened, the better.

California law allows for victims seriously injured in slip-and-fall accidents to elect to file a personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer can advise a victim on possible recourse after evaluating each individual case. As these kind of injuries often lead to unexpected medical costs, the financial award made in a successfully litigated claim can help alleviate the financial strain the accident placed on a family or individual.        

Source:, "Supermarket Slip and Falls: Your Rights and the Grocery Store's Responsibilities", Accessed on Sep. 20, 2017

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