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San Diego Slip & Fall Attorney

For many, falling in public is embarrassing, but far worse than any embarrassment are the serious injuries that such an incident may cause. The elderly are at a particularly high risk of suffering broken bones and other catastrophic injuries if they slip, trip or fall. At The McClellan Law Firm, we help clients across San Diego and the surrounding areas who have been injured in slip and fall accidents. We take on cases involving stairway accidents, escalator accidents, wet floors, dangerous sidewalks, poorly lit walkways, and more.


One of the troubling things about slip, trip, and fall accidents is they are largely preventable. If property owners took reasonable measures to keep their premises free from the hazards that cause these accidents, they could prevent countless injuries.

It is a matter of properly inspecting, maintaining, and repairing property grounds and placing warning signs if a hazard is present and has not yet been remedied. If landowners are negligent in maintaining property grounds and slip and falls occur, victims may be able to hold them liable. Slip and falls generally fall under the area of premises liability law, which includes injuries that occur on another's property.

For a plaintiff to effectively prove liability in such a case, it will be necessary to establish:

  • The defendant (at-fault party) owns or manages the property in question;
  • The defendant was negligent in keeping this property reasonably safe from hazards through improper inspection, maintenance or repairs, or failed to warn visitors of hazards;
  • The plaintiff was injured; and
  • The defendant's negligence caused the plaintiff's injuries.

The burden of proof in personal injury cases involving slip and fall accidents is less than the burden of proof required in criminal cases (beyond all shadow of a doubt). Rather, a plaintiff in a slip and fall case must prove the defendant's fault based on a preponderance of evidence.

This means that it must be enough to show that it is "more than likely" true. If a plaintiff can prove the four aforementioned points based on a preponderance of evidence, he or she may be able to recover compensation from a landowner for: medical bills, future medical treatment, lost earnings, loss of potential earnings, pain, suffering and emotional trauma.

Involve a Personal Injury Lawyer at Our San Diego Firm

Proving fault in a slip and fall injury claim is not easy, particularly if the hazard that caused your accident has since been repaired or the property owner claims you were to blame. You need a competent attorney who can utilize the services of investigators and expert witnesses to evaluate the circumstances surrounding your accident and then prove how the property owner was negligent. You need an attorney who can also prove the true and fair value of your claim to help you recover a maximum settlement or jury award.

In our years fighting for the rights of the injured and wronged, our firm has secured over 133 verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million each. Our San Diego personal injury lawyers place our clients' needs first and work tirelessly to hold property owners and other negligent parties accountable for their wrongdoing.

To find out how we can help with your case, contact our offices. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

  • Endorced by the Inner Circle of Advocates

    Craig McClellan is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Craig McClellan was voted Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation by Best Lawyers for 2019.

  • Best Lawyers in America 2020

    Craig McClellan has been selected to the list of The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1993.

  • 2020 Best Law Firms

    Our firm has been consistently selected to the list of Best Law Firms by U.S. News and Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 law firm.

  • Craig McClellan earned one of the top 10 medical malpractice settlements in California, securing a $9,000,000 settlement for a client.

  • Top 10 Settlements

    Craig McClellan & Conor Hulburt earned one of the top 10 premises liability settlements in California, securing a $3,175,850 settlement for a client.

  • Craig McClellan selected to Super Lawyers list, Top 10 San Diego Attorneys

    Craig McClellan has been selected to the list of Super Lawyers every year since 2007, and earned the most votes of ANY lawyer for 2019 in San Diego.

  • 2020 AV Preeminent Peer Rated

    Attorney McClellan earned a Distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his achievements.

  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys

    Craig McClellan is listed as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Business Litigation, Personal Injury, and Product Liability.

  • The National Trial Lawyers

    Attorney Craig McClellan is included in this invitation-only group of premier trial lawyers in each state.

  • Craig McClellan is rated 10.0 on Avvo - Top rated Personal Injury Lawyer

    Attorney McClellan has a 10/10 “Superb” rating, the highest rating an attorney can receive from Avvo.

  • BBB Accredited Business

    The firm has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, the highest possible rating offered by the organization.

  • Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" - Commercial Litigation Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Commercial Litigation in the 2019 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Best Lawers "Best Law Firms" - Personal Injury Litigation Plaintifs Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury in the 2019 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" - Product Liability Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Product Liability in the 2019 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

    Attorney McClellan is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and previously served on its Board of Directors.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan was named as one of the “Best Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Times.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named as one of the “Best Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Times.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan named “Best Lawyers” by San Diego Metro.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named one of the “Best Lawyers” by San Diego Metro.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan named Top Lawyers in San Diego in Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named one of the Top Lawyers in San Diego in Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

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