A slip and fall accident is probably not something you think about on a daily basis. But factors like dim lighting, faulty floors, damaged handrails, broken steps, snow, ice, and potholes can lead to serious injury in a matter of mere seconds.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more than 8 million hospital emergency room visits. At 21.3%, falls are the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits. Slips and falls account for more than 1 million visits.
When you trip on the street or at work, it’s normally easy to recover. If you fall, you typically expect to be sore at the point of contact before the pain goes away on its own. While it may seem that they aren’t a big deal, slips and falls can lead to fractures and even death. The NFSI also released these quick facts:
Slips and falls can occur at home, in the workplace, or just about anywhere else, and they can result in time away from work and/or serious, life-changing injury.
The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time the law allows you to file a claim. In the state of California, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a civil lawsuit for “an action for injury to the rights of another” and for “an action for taking, detaining, or injuring personal property.”
If you try to file your claim after the two-year period ends, the defendant will likely make a motion to dismiss your case, and the court will most likely grant it. In this scenario, you wouldn’t have a chance to explain your case and earn the retribution you seek.
Remember that the two-year period is a strict “clock” that doesn’t stop for weekends or holidays. If you’ve been the victim of a slip and fall and want to make things right, it’s crucial to talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later.
Any personal injury should be taken seriously, and that’s especially true considering California’s statute of limitations. Our team of lawyers in La Habra, California is experienced in slip and fall cases and can help you file your claim. Let the attorneys at Holland & Holland assist you through this difficult time. Contact us today for a consultation.