West Tehama County, CA asked in Personal Injury for California

Q: Is there any legal course for a slip & fall that caused a broken bone & possibly more?

I slipped and fell on loose pavement gravel next to our dumpster in alley way behind my apartment complex while taking trash out. Now I have a broken elbow & possibly more & am being referred to an orthopedic.

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William John Light
William John Light
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  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Maybe. Take some photos of the area. Entire scene and close ups, and consult a PI attorney.

Gerald Barry Dorfman agrees with this answer

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: contact an accident lawyer to see if he/she will take the case after you take pix of your injuries and the scene.

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if so they can file and collect for pain and suffering and your med bills.

however the law does not compensate you just because you fell. It has to be the fault of someone else.

your worst case scenario is to go to small claims court where you can sue for up to $10k.

i personally would probably not take the case.

Vivian Francisca Yochelson
Vivian Francisca Yochelson
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  • Woodland Hills, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Whether or not someone else is legally liable for your injuries depends on the whether the condition of the ground where you fell was a “dangerous condition” and whether someone else is responsible for having created that condition, or alternatively had notice of the dangerous condition. Also, it’s important to know if you immediately reported the fall to the owner of the premises. Do you have photographs of where you fell? If you fell on public property, you must file a claim form with the appropriate government agency within six months of the date you fell.

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
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  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You may be able to recover but one thing you have to really research is whether the landlord was aware of the loose gravel. These type of cases are usually litigated and you must prove that the Landlord knew of the dangerous condition. Be4st of luck.

Jean-Simon Serrano
Jean-Simon Serrano
Answered
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It is very dependent on what condition caused you to slip and fall. In California, property owners are not the insurers of the safety of those on their property but they must warn of any known dangerous conditions and they must take reasonable steps to learn of any dangerous conditions and either warn against them or remedy them. Depending on what caused you to slip and fall, you MAY have a case. You should contact a personal injury attorney to explore further. If possible, get photos of the condition that caused you to fall.

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