Answers to Your Southern California Injury Accident Questions
Have questions regarding your Southern California accident case? At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, we have the answers you are looking for. Our Los Angeles injury lawyers have been helping accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries for nearly 30 years. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to recover the highest compensation possible for your case.
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What legal claims could I have in an escalator accident case in Santa Monica?
If a person is injured in an escalator accident, there are many potential parties to sue. The owner of the business could be sued for failing to have the escalator regularly inspected, maintained, and repaired. If the owner hires a manager to supervise these duties, this person could be sued as well. Usually the owner hires a servicing company to perform these important tasks and this company could be liable for failing to do its job properly. A manufacturer or designer of the escalator might be responsible if a defect in the manufacture or design of the escalator caused the accident.
Possible Legal Claims You May Have in an Escalator Accident
Just like there is more than one party that may be responsible for a victim’s injuries, there is also more than one possible legal claim against these parties. An accident victim will generally be able to sue under one or more of these legal theories:
- Common carrier liability. In California, owners and operators of escalators are considered common carriers—entities that carry people or property from one place to another. Under California law, they must use the utmost care to be certain their escalators operate properly and safely. This means that owners and operators may be found responsible for even slight amounts of negligence.
- Negligence. Victims of escalator accidents often sue for negligence. For example, they might claim negligence if the escalator was not designed properly or was not repaired or inspected as needed.
- Failure to warn. A person could sue for failure to warn of a danger if the owner, manager, or servicing company knew the escalator posed dangers to people using it, but failed to warn the public of these risks.
- Premises liability. The owner has a duty to be certain that the escalator is safe for all people using it. Similar to negligence, if an owner fails to ensure the escalator is safe—for example if it is going too fast or the steps are not level—the owner could be responsible for the resulting injuries.
The legal claims a victim can raise will depend on the facts of his case. Escalator accident cases are complicated because of all the parties who may be responsible and the variety of legal claims that may be brought. It is important that an injured victim consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise him of the best course of action.
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What complications could I suffer after my total hip replacement surgery?
You recently tripped and fell on a cracked floor at a department store. The pain in your hip area was so excruciating, you were unable to stand. Then the ER doctor told you that you had fractured your hip and would need a total hip replacement. Now you’re worried about what problems you could face during and after your surgery.
There are many serious complications you face before, during, and after your surgery. You could suffer a blood clot that could travel to an artery in your lungs, which could be fatal. You might have problems during the hip replacement procedure or need more than one surgery if you have fractures in multiple areas of the pelvic region.
Not only are there dangers prior to and during the surgery, but you may also confront medical problems afterwards. Common complications following surgery are:
- Muscle atrophy or wasting away of the muscles
- Post-surgery infections
- Failure of the bones to join or improper joining of the bones
- Mental deterioration after the surgery
After surgery, you will require physical therapy while hospitalized and then at a rehabilitation center or at home. You’ll also need medication to control the pain. It could be months before you recover. You will also face a risk of permanent damage. You could experience weakness in one or both of your hips resulting in an inability to walk like you used to. And you could suffer chronic pain that won’t go away, requiring lifelong medication.
If you or a family member suffered a hip injury as a result of a slip and fall accident where you believe the store or business is at fault, we’re here to help. E-mail us for a free consultation. We offer free home and hospital consultations.
I fractured my fingers in a fall. Is it really worth it to file a lawsuit?
If the only damage you suffered in a fall was a broken finger, you may think you escaped with a “minor” injury. However, just because your accident did not cause life-threatening consequences does not mean that you will not suffer significant losses as a result.
You may want to consider an injury lawsuit if the fracture occurred:
- In your dominant hand. A broken finger will take immobility and rest to heal, affecting your ability to earn a living. If the bones were not properly aligned, you may suffer a loss of strength in the finger after it has healed, making it difficult to grip or pinch objects. Improper healing can also cause deformities, such as an inability to flex or bend the finger, a lump in the bone, or a shorter finger than before the injury.
- In your thumb. A thumb fracture is potentially more serious than a break in other finger bones, as it can result in damage to the thumb joint. Severe thumb fractures often require internal fixation surgery to implant pins or screws into the bones to help them heal straight. This not only increases healing time, but requires casting and physical therapy to retain the best possible function in the hand.
- In multiple fingers. If your hands absorbed a large amount of the impact from the fall, you may have suffered small fractures in many of the bones in your fingers. The more breaks that have occurred, the likelier it is that a victim will suffer loss of dexterity, lost grip strength, hand deformities, or arthritis.
The success of your case will depend on many factors, including the extent of your injuries, your occupation, and how much time you lost from work. For an honest legal assessment of your case, fill out the short contact form on this page and our office will get in touch with you. You can also learn more about your rights to compensation in our free guide, 7 BIGGEST MISTAKES That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.
How can I tell if a fall caused a broken wrist?
Many slip-and-fall victims may be unaware that their accident has caused a fracture. While falling onto an outstretched hand is undoubtedly painful, many victims may assume that they have suffered a sprain or simply “jammed” their wrist, and many never discover that the bones were broken until years later.
The truth is that the symptoms of a broken wrist and a sprain can be very similar. While there are some obvious signs of a break—such as bones protruding from the skin or a wrist turned in the opposite direction—it is much more common for a broken wrist to be a closed injury.
You may have broken your wrist in a slip-and-fall if you are experiencing:
- Severe pain. In the days after the accident, you will likely have pain in your wrist, arm, or fingers that gets progressively worse, especially if you attempt to keep using the affected hand.
- Swelling. The body may react to the break by swelling, causing further tenderness around the area. Applying ice to the wrist can help bring down the swelling and alleviate pain.
- Bruising. The wrist may turn black or blue, with bruising extending into the hand and fingers.
- Numbness or immobility. You may have trouble moving the fingers or thumb in your affected hand due to extreme pain or experience numbness in your fingers that causes a loss of grip strength.
The similarities in wrist sprains and fractures are so prevalent that doctors will often order x-rays to make a conclusive diagnosis. Although treatment for both injuries will usually involve stabilization with a splint, a fracture may require surgery to realign the bones and ensure that they heal in a way that prevents further injury.
Should I File a Lawsuit to Recoup the Costs of My Injury?
Victims will often suffer painful rehabilitation and lost time from work after a wrist fracture. Some victims may even suffer complications of their injury that lead to permanent disability, such as decreased range of motion or inability to hold objects in their affected hands. In these cases, victims should consult with an attorney to determine who could be held liable for their losses.
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Who is at fault for a slip and fall accident in a Riverside parking garage?
You may have seen one of those signs declaring, “we assume no responsibility for the loss of your items!” while entering a parking structure. But can that sign also prevent you from taking action against the owner of a parking lot, garage, structure, or other vehicle storage facility?
Parking facilities (and their owners) are subject to the same premises liability laws as other property types—and for good reason. Accidents in multi-level structures—such as falling and breaking through a defective barrier—can cause a victim to break several bones, sustain a serious head injury, or even fall to his death.
Here are a just a few factors that have led to slip and fall accidents in Riverside parking garages:
- Poor construction: cracks in the concrete or protruding rebar
- Design defects: low ceilings or structure collapse during a minor earthquake
- Negligent maintenance: slippery steps, missing handrails, elevator issues, broken curbs, oily surfaces, broken safety barriers, etc.
- Security problems: missing or burnt-out lights or failure of security to respond after a fall
- On-site objects or structures: public art displays, overgrown hedges, a truck with a ladder hanging off the back
Who Can Be Held Liable for Your Accident Costs?
The first step in determining who is responsible for a slip and fall accident is finding out the exact cause of the trip or slip. If the garage owner knew about a potential defect (such as steps in stairwells that are not properly level) but did not correct them, he or she may be held liable. However, if the accident occurred due to another object that happened to be in the structure (such as construction tape or cones), a third-party may be liable for your medical bills and lost income.
You should always consult with an attorney to make sure the facts are on your side in your premises liability lawsuit. Order our free guide, 7 BIGGEST MISTAKES That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case, or click the contact link on this page to find our office location nearest to you.
Can I still hold a property owner responsible if I, as the parent, did not witness my child’s fall?
Most parents can’t be with their children every second of their young lives, and they often have to trust others to keep their children safe away from home. If an under-aged child suffers a serious trip, slip, or fall while out of sight or on someone else’s property, it can leave parents with a lot of pressing questions about their legal rights. However, despite the panic you may feel, rest assured that it may be possible to hold a careless property owner responsible, even if you weren’t present to witness your child’s fall.
A Child’s Unwitnessed Fall Can Create Difficulties for Parents Negotiating Injury Claims
The insurance companies that handle personal injury claims for falls often manipulate statements and documentation in order to reduce how much they must pay a victim, no matter how legitimate their claims may be. When your child is at the center of a struggle for fair payment against a large insurance company and individual or commercial property owners, protecting your family from these kinds of tricks and tactics can be difficult, especially if you weren’t there to really see what happened. This is a big part of the reason why it’s so important for parents to at least consult with an attorney about their rights and the evidence they may need to successfully negotiate with the insurance company.
If you have questions about your legal rights after a child suffers a serious injury, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced San Bernardino personal injury team for guidance. We have helped parents, families, and individuals across Southern California get the legal help they need to hold property owners responsible for their carelessness, and we hope to help your family, too. For free and confidential information, simply call us today or fill out the convenient contact form on this page.
When is a Riverside property owner responsible for injuries sustained when I tripped and fell?
Not every trip, slip, or fall that happens on someone else’s property is necessarily the fault of the property owner, and the circumstances in many of these kinds of cases make it difficult for the injured victim to determine whether it’s appropriate to pursue an injury claim against the property owner or just give in to paying medical expenses out of their own pockets. If you’re having trouble determining your legal rights and options after a fall, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for personalized answers about your situation. In the meantime, here are some things to consider when determining if the property owner should be held responsible for your injuries:
- Responsibility can fall on other parties, and the property owner may not be the only potentially responsible party. A quick review with an experienced attorney can help you quickly identify any additional responsible parties.
- Just like property owners across the rest of the state, Riverside property owners are responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe environment for visitors and customers. If you can prove that the property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition, there is a good chance that you could successfully pursue an injury claim.
- Accidents happen despite the efforts of property owners. If the owner took reasonable action to address the problem, you may not have a legal case against him or her.
Small details can make a big difference in the outcome of your claim for fall injuries, but our Riverside legal team is ready to offer a thorough and personalized review of your situation. To get started, request your free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case, or simply contact our team directly.
What are the common injuries caused by a slip and fall in a bathroom?
Public restrooms are one of the most common (and awkward) places for a slip and fall accident to take place. Whether you're at a local supermarket or changing after swimming at Santa Monica Pier, the fact is that floors often become wet and slippery, and management may do nothing about it. Or perhaps the flooring becomes chipped or broken, causing a customer to trip and fall. The owner or management of the facility has the responsibility to provide a safe place for their customers, and yes, this includes the bathroom.
As most are aware, bathrooms are usually full of hard objects, many of which have sharp or pointy edges. The facilities at the beach also include stools and benches. This makes for injuries that can be very serious during a slip and fall accident. Some of the common injuries associated with a slip and fall that occurs in the restroom are:
- Head injuries. The head falling with force on any object can be dangerous. When that floor is hard, it is very likely that head trauma will occur. It is not uncommon for victims of slip and falls in restrooms to sustain head injuries.
- Broken bones. The bones can only take so much force before they break. This force is often surpassed when the body falls onto the hard bathroom floor. Broken bones can range from a slight fracture to bones protruding from the skin.
- Sprains. As the body falls, it is instinctive to throw out the arms and hands in order to stop the fall. When the mass of the body shifts to the upper limbs, the result can be wrist, elbow, hand, or shoulder sprains.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall incident, it is important to remember that you do not have to fight for compensation on your own. To learn how we can help in your case, simply fill out the contact form on this page.
What are the most common types of bone fractures that occur as a result of a slip and fall accident?
Slip and fall accident victims may be overwhelmed with embarrassment when they fall in front of other people in a public place in and around Ventura. However, if embarrassment is the only result, the accident victim is quite lucky. Many times, slip and fall accidents result in painful injuries that cause long-term complications and permanent disability.
One of the most common slip and fall accident injuries is a broken bone, or fracture, which can be very serious and requires immediate attention. Bone fractures occur when the force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself. Following are six common types of fractures:
- Greenstick fractures take place when a bone bends and cracks instead of breaking into separate pieces. These types of fractures occur most often in children because their bones are soft and pliable.
- Transverse fractures are often the result of a sharp blow that breaks the bone straight across—at a right angle to the bone’s long axis.
- Oblique fractures are caused by a fall or other trauma. The break is typically curved or sloped—running diagonally to the bone’s axis.
- Comminuted fractures are usually triggered by a high-impact blow that causes the bone to fragment into several pieces.
- Impacted fractures also known as buckle fractures, occur when a bone breaks into multiple fragments and the ends are driven into each other.
- Compound fractures, also known as open fractures, occur when a bone breaks and then tears the skin and surrounding soft tissue. The bone protrudes through the open wound, putting the victim at increased risk for infection.
If you broke a bone or suffered some other serious injury during a slip and fall accident you may be entitled to compensation. Call 800-989-6385 today to discuss your legal options during a complimentary consultation with an experienced Ventura slip and fall attorney at Steinberg Injury Lawyers. You may also wish to download a free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case, for information you can use right away.
I was hurt when I slipped and fell in Los Angeles at a gas station. What should I do?
If you have a slip and fall accident on a business property in Los Angeles, make sure that you report it to the manager on duty. Also, if there were any witnesses, get their name and contact information. If you are able, take pictures of the condition that caused you to fall.
After seeking medical treatment, the next most important thing to do is call a Los Angeles personal injury attorney who has experience and success handling slip and fall cases in Los Angeles county. These types of cases are sometimes difficult to prove fault, so it is important to get the best attorney on your side as soon as possible.
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