Slip and Fall Lawyer in Los Angeles

Premises liability cases require specific evidence of negligence to receive a financial settlement.  This is something I have been very successful with for many years. Injuries sustained after a slip or trip and fall can be devastating, causing broken bones, head trauma and even spine injuries. The extended care and medical commitment that is necessary to make you whole again is costly, and should not be overlooked because of its expense. Allow The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter to hold the negligent party responsible for your injury, so you will not have to worry about your future expenditures.

How We Can Help You

If you have been injured in a slip and fall, contact The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter for a free consultation. Our firm is dedicated to helping you feel comfortable with the legal process and get you the maximum monetary compensation.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall, I will provide a free consultation to help you feel comfortable with the legal process. Once I uncover the facts related to your injury, I will take the lead in holding the negligent party responsible. Whether you were injured in a private home, office or public place, I have over three decades of experience successfully representing slip and fall victims. Allow The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter to provide you with the same expertise for your case. I will build a case that allows you to recover financial damages that will cover your medical expenses and your lost wages along with any future earning opportunities that may have been compromised by the injury.

Comprehensive Legal Representation

As a dedicated attorney, I work diligently to provide my clients with the best representation possible. My aggressive and thorough examination of the accident scene helps to compile the evidence I need to build a successful case on your behalf. If you have been injured by any of the following negligent scenarios, or even one that is not listed, contact an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer today for help:

  • Spilled liquids, water or gasoline
  • Uneven pavement/crumbled curbs
  • Defective stairways, escalators walkways and ramps
  • Fallen merchandise in retail or grocery outlets
  • Negligent maintenance in retail outlets, groceries or multifamily homes
  • Smashed food/broken containers
  • Waxed & slippery floors
  • Poor lighting
  • Inadequate security
  • Defective doors that smash fingers or toes

At The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter, I am skilled at pursuing the property owners whose  negligence caused your injury. I will comb the scene of the accident for evidence that implicates the property owner as I build my case to submit to their insurance company. If it comes down to it, I will not hesitate to present your case in front of a judge. Getting you the settlement you deserve is my only goal and I will work hard to make sure you walk away with the full financial reward you are entitled.

Q & A With Marvin S. Lanter

What are the Most Common Types of Slip and Fall Accidents?

There’s many different types of slip and fall accidents. There’s slip and falls on water or liquids and trip and falls on uneven steps or sidewalks. There’s other types of incidents where people will be walking on the floor and the floor will collapse. I’ve had cases where roofs collapse on people. I’ve had situations, and these are all under the premises liability cases, where, in fact, there’s a defective door or a defective elevator. There’s many, many situations where people, unfortunately, end up on the floor or being hit by some sort of object, and many of these cases are considered premises liability cases. I have experience in almost every type of situation. People slipping on everything from rice, grapes, soda, water. I’ve even had cases in Los Angeles County of people slipping on ice – actually it was in Palmdale, because you do get icy conditions there. So people have come to me with all different types of situations involving slip and fall cases.

What is the Difference between ‘Slip and Fall’ and ‘Premises Liability’?

Well, premises liability is the general term, and then under “premises liability” we have slip and falls, so that’s like slipping only. We have trip and falls. For instance, somebody can walk between uneven or misplaced paved tiles and they put their foot between them. That would be a trip and fall…or tripping over a dangerous step. So these are different types of premises liability cases. Also, another type of premises liability case would be a defective elevator or defective door. These are all types of the general category of  “premises liability”.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Handle and Slip and Fall?

Well, they can try to deal with the insurance company or the owner themselves, or they can come to me. Now, I wish I could tell you that you could deal with this yourself.  But slip and fall, and many other negligence cases, are not for the inexperienced. This is what I do every day and I have been doing it for thirty-five years. You see, you have to come to a trained professional like me or other types of trained professional attorneys who know exactly how to deal with these cases…..these cases are difficult, but there’re winnable. You have to make sure you’re going to have somebody like me who can give you every advantage that you can have in regards to this type of premises liability case.

How to Prove Liability of Property Owner?

Premises liability is a different type of animal when it comes to personal injury cases. You have to show two things: First, that there was a dangerous condition; Second, you have to show that the owner knew, or should have known, of the dangerous condition. In the question of whether the owner of the premises should have known about the dangerous condition is when you have to get some very complex discovery to prove. That is one of my strong points – knowing how to handle these cases and where to go for the evidence necessary to prove your case. For instance, if the question is whether water just spilled on the floor a moment before, how would the owner have known? We prove in some cases that the water was there for a half hour, forty-five minutes, an hour, or longer – and the owner never did anything. The reason could be because they did not have proper cleanup staff or surveillance of what was going on in the establishment. Many times these cases hinge on how long the dangerous condition existed. Without that, the case can go down the tubes.

I realize how important these points are, so when you call me, I will go out to the accident site as soon as possible to take pictures and to examine the accident site. For example, I had a case where a tool box fell on the head of a beautician. She called me up and I went out to the site and took photographs of the cabinets where the tool box had fallen from as well as photographs of the tools in the tool box. Now, sure enough, three or four months later, the owner of the establishment completely changed the cabinets and they completely changed the configuration of the cabinets, and, of course, the tool box was “lost”. Without that evidence and immediate personal involvement, the case would have gone down the tubes. Since I did have the photographs of the cabinets, and of the tools, the case ended up with a very successful outcome.

With slip and falls, the evidence disappears almost immediately. Whatever liquid is on the floor, they clean it up right away. So, when this happens, make note of your surroundings, which employees come to talk to you by asking their name. Now sometimes this is difficult because if you fall and hit your head you may be dizzy. But, if you are able, remember these key pieces of information: Who did you speak to? What caused the slip or trip? How wide an area the liquid was oozing? If it was a liquid, what did it look like? Did it look like it was recent? Were there tracks? Were there footprints or wheel tracks (from shopping carts) through it? If an employee came to clean it up, what did they look like – and what were they using? Were they using a bucket and mop? Where did they come from? Did the owner or employee say something?

I had situations where the supervisor will admit, “Hey, I told someone to clean that up but they didn’t do it.” That’s devastating. Give me that information and I can take it and I can sock it to them.

Why is it Important to Document the Accident?

Start taking those pictures. Don’t take two, keep snapping them, because you never know what little detail amazing that there will be something in that picture.  Six months later, we’re going to take a look. You’ll see there was a bottle missing from the shelf or you’ll see the bottle that was broken. I’ve had photographs that revealed a critical piece of evidence that showed up all of a sudden after months. Many times people will be walking with flip flops, and the store says, “You see they’re walking with flip flops – it’s dangerous”. Well, the person had taken some pictures of the aisles… What was the store selling? Flip flops. There’s all different types of things that can be proven with a simple photo. When you call me, I’ll go right away to find the aisle where they’re selling the flip flops, where they’re selling alcohol, where those cameras are that were taking photographs of the scene of the accident. All this can be used against the insurance companies and the store owners who are going to be using everything they can to try to dismiss your case.

Does Taking Pictures apply to all Types of Personal Injuries?

A picture says a thousand words. Many times, one photograph will say it all. Every experienced trial attorney will tell you that even if it takes years to complete a case, there’ll be one piece of evidence, one thing somebody said that wraps up the case right away.  My job is to find that point and though it’s like finding a needle in a needle in a haystack, I’ll find it.

My family has a very simple motto “No excuses and get the job done”. That’s what I’m going to do for you to maximize the monetary compensation for your personal injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to obtain the skilled representation you deserve to confront the insurance company head on. I will guide you through the legal process while ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve for your injury. Call The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter today at (310) 276-1142 to discover how I can help you.

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