Navigating Slip and Fall Accidents in California

Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of serious injuries, such as hip fractures head trauma and death. Each year, one-third of all senior citizens will suffer a fall. Over 2 million senior citizens each year will be treated by emergency room services. Of these injured adults, one out of five will suffer a moderate to severe injury.

If you’ve been injured because of a slip or trip and fall, it’s in your best interest to speak with a qualified attorney who can tell you whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Michael Beliz is a Long Beach slip and fall attorney with a decade of experience and millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients. For a free case review, we invite you to call us today at (562) 452-3772 or fill out the short form at the bottom of this page.

Not ready to talk to Michael? Browse the information below to gain a better understanding of slip and fall accident cases.

Guide to Slip and Fall Accidents


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Who’s Liable for a Long Beach Slip and Fall Accident?

A property owner who is negligent when he or she fails to use reasonable care to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition.

A California jury will use some of the following factors in determining whether the property owner used reasonable care:

  • Property location;
  • the likelihood and probable seriousness of harm;
  • if the property owner knew or should have known about the condition that created the harm;
  • property owner control over the creation of the harm;
  • if and how the property owner protected the public from the harm.



Report the slip and fall accident! If the accident happened in a public or commercial setting, give notice and report the accident to the owners, managers, supervising personnel, and/or employees of the establishment.


Take photos with your camera or cell phone! If possible take photographs of the location and the determining factor such as any substance that may have caused the injuries. In addition, take photographs of your injuries and the shoes you were wearing, including the soles.


Obtain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any independent witnesses who may have seen the accident or accident scene conditions before, during, or after the fall.


Promptly seek medical help for your injuries. If needed, have an ambulance take you to the emergency room for treatment. Due to adrenaline and other factors, injuries, even serious ones, may not be evident for hours or days. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention without delay.


Stay Silent! You are not legally obligated to speak to the other party or the other party’s insurance company. Anything you say regarding the accident or your injuries may be used against you in a potential personal injury case. Only speak to your attorney.


Contact a knowledgeable and experienced California slip and fall lawyer.


A Long Beach slip and fall attorney can help you through the legal process. Choose an attorney who understands and has experience in the personal injury field. Further, pick an attorney who has a good track record in handling similar cases as yours. If you were in a Long Beach slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to the following compensation:

  • Medical expenses for injuries suffered
  • Future medical bills for injuries suffered, including physical therapy and surgery
  • Loss of earnings and loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages


Michael has worked on hundreds of cases throughout California including many serious injury cases involving trip/slip and fall accidents. He has handled cases from the very early stages of a claim through the entire litigation process, including trial, and has settled claims for hundreds of thousands of dollars for his clients.

For a free slip and fall case review, please call our office at 562-452-3772. If you prefer email, please complete the short form below, and one of our friendly staff will be in touch soon.

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Slip and Fall Accident Case Study

Case type: Small scar caused by slip and fall accident
Settlement amount: $34,000.00

The Beliz Law Firm settled a case for a client that was involved in a slip and fall incident where the client incurred a small, faint scar to the head. The client parked his vehicle in a parking structure. The client got out of the vehicle and opened the rear hatch to organize his work equipment. The client wanted to close up the vehicle so the client took a step back while grasphing the rear hatch door. The client’s foot and pant leg snagged onto a 3-inch metal bolt. The client lost his balance while his hand was still on the rear hatch door. The door comes straight down and struck the client’s head.

The strike caused a laceration to the client’s head. The client went to the emergency room and the visit revealed no significant damage to the client’s head. The doctors stitched the wound up.

The client had an original attorney but received zero offers from the defendants. The Beliz Law Firm signed up the client and sent the client to a plastic surgeon to determine the permanent nature of the scar.

The scar was small and faint, however the client was employed as an undercover agent in law enforcement. The Beliz Law Firm argued that the scar would compromise the client’s ability to be undercover.

Settlement negotiations happened immediately after a lawsuit was filed against the owners of the parking structure among others. Even though the client’s medical bills were under $3,400.00, the Beliz Law Firm settled the case for $34,000.00.