Injuries and bodily harm can happen anywhere at anytime. Consider all of the generally overlooked hazards in a heavily populated city such as Los Angeles. Dense highway and road traffic, numerous construction sites, and senseless crimes against innocent victims sometimes make for an unfortunately dangerous living situation. It’s almost no wonder that many take for granted the simple pleasure of walking down a street, through a building, or down a flight of stairs by comparison. However, something so simple can be just as dangerous under the wrong circumstances. Sidewalks can have uneven surfaces by which people can trip, freshly-cleaned or mopped floors can be hazardous if not clearly identified, and walking along any stairwell can be a challenge if it is not properly maintained. In these circumstances, it is imperative to know your rights as a pedestrian or a patron within a business or public facility. Which makes it equally imperative that suffering any injuries from slipping or falling in these and other scenarios should be discussed with an injury attorney at Los Angeles Personal Injury Law who can review your case and potentially find methods by which to have you compensated for your injuries.
It is scary to think that something as simple as walking down a sidewalk can still be considered so perilous in certain situations. But, it is your right as a pedestrian to have a safe pathway by which to walk down the street. The same applies for public institutions. As a citizen and beneficiary of these institutions, you have the right to a safe environment in which to move. And there are many factors to consider in regard to a safe environment:
- Dry walkways, or walkways that are clearly labeled as slippery or wet
- Well-maintained stairways
- Even flooring surfaces or carpets
- Sufficient lighting
- Clearly-marked warning signs where applicable
Your rights can even extend out to private property, as property owners and managers have certain obligations to meet in regard to safety standards. However, proving negligence on part of a property owner can be difficult. Beyond proving your own privilege to be on said property, a case must be made that the property owner was aware of the safety hazard and failed to repair the problem in a timely fashion. In some cases, property owners may even make repairs soon after an accident takes place, making a case of personal injury even more difficult to prove. It is for these reasons that consulting an attorney at Los Angeles Personal Injury Law as quickly as possible. By contacting us sooner, we have the ability to gather evidence more quickly and contact any possible witnesses to bring substance to your case.
It is important to review your options regarding injuries from slipping and falling, as the injuries that you can suffer from such a seemingly simple thing can be extensive. Some of the more common injuries include the following:
- Overstretched tendons
- Torn ligaments
- Strained and sprained muscles
- Fractured wrists, ankles, or legs
- Fractured clavicles
- Bruised or fractured tailbones
While these sorts of injuries have the potential to create setbacks on their own, more serious injuries have been known to come about as a result of slipping and falling on hazardous surfaces:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and brain injuries, particularly traumatic brain injuries
In circumstances such as the above, it is always important to seek out medical assistance before all else to determine the full extent of injuries suffered as a result. Consulting with a medical professional will add weight to your personal injury case in regard either to settlement or should a case be brought to court. In either regard, consulting closely with an experienced attorney at Los Angeles Personal Injury Law is in your best interest to seek optimal compensation for your injuries.
If you have suffered what you believe to be otherwise avoidable injury or loss due to injury in a public or private setting brought about by slipping or falling, contact us at Los Angeles Personal Injury Law. We have experienced, expert injury attorneys ready to put together a case to recover compensation and damages on your behalf. Because at Los Angeles Personal Injury Law, our dedication is to Los Angeles and its citizens.