For some people, a California slip and fall injury is a life-changing event. In serious cases, back, neck and head injuries can occur, not to mention broken bones. If the California slip and fall accident happened on someone else's premises and that person had a legal responsibility to keep those premises reasonably free from hazards or harm, a California slip and fall lawsuit can be filed to recover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages and other expenses.
Slip and fall accidents happen all over the US. One lawsuit was filed in New Orleans against grocery chain Winn Dixie Montgomery Inc., after a customer suffered a slip and fall injury. The plaintiff seeks more than $2.5 million for injuries sustained when she slipped on a foreign substance on the floor.
According to The Louisiana Record (12/17/10), the plaintiff alleges that Winn Dixie is negligent for failing to provide a safe place to shop and failing to properly maintain its aisles. The victim claims she suffered a severe injury to her back and mind as a result of the accident.
Meanwhile, Onondaga County has agreed to pay $75,000 to a woman who alleged she was injured while walking on county-owned property. According to The Post-Standard (12/08/10), the victim, Kristen Rickert, sued the county for $250,000 after she fell and fractured both her feet and one ankle. The plaintiff also filed a lawsuit against a company that was responsible for construction on the sidewalk, but that lawsuit was dismissed.
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If the courts find that the owner and/or operator of a property is legally responsible for injury to the victim, the victim could recover medical expenses, lost wages and other costs related to the accident.