What If I’m Partially to Blame for My Accident?
If you were acting carelessly when your slip and fall occurred, you may still be able to recover some compensation. As personal injury claims are approached differently depending on the state, you need to understand how California treats these kinds of lawsuits.
California approaches personal injury claims through a system called ‘pure comparative fault.’ This means that monetary damages will generally be given out according to the percentage of each party’s fault. For example, if you slipped and fell on a wet floor in a restaurant, but you were running at the moment you fell, the court may find that you were 70% at fault. As a result, your overall settlement would be reduced by 70% to account for your level of responsibility in causing you to slip and fall. If the court awards you $10,000 in damages for your injuries, your compensation would be reduced by the percentage of your fault, entitling you to receive $3,000.
No matter your situation, we know that a slip and fall accident can be incredibly frustrating. We’re ready to help you build a strong foundation for your case and advocate on your side.
Statute of Limitations for Slip & Fall Injuries
After slipping and falling on a wet floor or other hazardous condition, you need to act fast. A ‘statute of limitation’ is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. In the state of California, you typically have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim, or else your case will be dismissed. In some instances, it can even be as short as six months. This statute of limitations applies to filing a lawsuit to recover compensation for personal property (like a cracked phone or broken watch) that was damaged in your slip and fall accident, as well as the injury itself.
You don't have forever to pursue compensation. It’s in your best interest to reach out to a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. At The Pollard Firm, APC, we’ll listen carefully to your story, seek to understand the details of your situation, and fearlessly advocate for you after your accident.