Property owners and managers may have an obligation to repair or replace carpeting that is:
- Not completely adhering to the floor (loose)
- Bunched up or prone to bunching up
Depending on the defect present in the carpet, those who walk on it may be at risk of suffering a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. If you or a loved one were injured because of defective carpet, then you may be able to collect compensation through a lawsuit alleging negligence.
If you want to learn more about how a Los Angeles carpeting that is ripped or torn lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries, call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 for a free case evaluation.
Defective Carpets Can Become Dangerous
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission defines a carpet or rug as:
- “a finished fabric or similar product intended to be used as a floor covering and has dimensions of more than 6 feet long and an area greater than 24 sq. ft.…”
The Journal of Injury & Violence Research provides details documenting how carpets that are not properly maintained or become too worn can become safety hazards. According to the research:
- Older individuals may be particularly susceptible to experience falls involving carpeting.
- The transition point between a carpet and another type of surface may be a likely spot of tripping and should be adhered to the floor thoroughly to avoid the edge of the carpet becoming a tripping hazard.
- Injuries resulting from defective or otherwise unsafe carpeting may be severe.
If carpeting becomes torn, tattered, loosened from the surface beneath, bunched up, or otherwise deficient, then those who encounter the carpet may:
- Slip because the carpet is not attached to the floor beneath, and may, therefore, be prone to sliding
- Trip on an edge, bunched up portion, or otherwise deficient part of the carpet
- Fall because a flaw in the carpet causes them to lose their footing
These possible scenarios may lead to a fall, which can have serious consequences to your health.
Possible Injuries From Carpet-Induced Falls
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 800,000 people suffer an injury from a fall each year that requires them to be hospitalized. As you grow older your body may become less equipped to absorb the impact of a fall, and you may become more susceptible to fall-related injuries because of:
- Worsening balance
- Decreasing bone density
- Slower reaction times
Even if you are in prime shape, it is possible that you can be injured as the result of a carpet-induced fall. Per the CDC, some of the possible injuries that may come from a high-impact fall include:
- Fractured bones, especially in the areas of your hands and arms
- Damage to your head, which could include a fractured skull, traumatic brain injury, or both
- Internal bleeding, whether in your brain or another part of your body, which may be difficult to detect yet could prove fatal
- A broken hip, which can be a very limiting injury potentially leading to subsequent health problems, such as infection or premature death, according to the Cleveland Clinic
These injuries have the potential to:
- Require significant surgery or other medical procedures
- Force you to remain hospitalized for a significant period of time
- Prevent you from working for an indeterminate, and possibly indefinite, amount of time
- Put a significant strain on your finances, both because of direct medical expenses and losses related to your inability to earn your normal income
- Impose lingering health effects that may or may not qualify as disability
- Lead to death
You may benefit from speaking with a Los Angeles carpeting that is ripped or torn lawyer if you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a defective carpet or rug. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.
An Individual May Be Responsible for Your Injuries
One of the preliminary steps in any lawsuit is determining who may have been negligent in a way that caused your injuries. If defective carpet caused you to fall and injure yourself, then the responsible party may be:
- A business owner
- A property manager
- A government entity
- A homeowner or renter
It is possible that a different party is responsible for the carpet that caused you to trip, and a lawyer will help you figure out who to name as a defendant in your lawsuit—you could ultimately name more than one defendant.
Once you have determined who you want to bring your lawsuit against, your lawyer will take the next steps in pursuing compensation.
A Lawyer Will Handle Your Deficient Carpeting Lawsuit All the Way Through
When you hire a lawyer, you can reasonably expect that they will see your lawsuit through from beginning to end, handling all of the legal filing, appearances, and negotiations on your behalf. Your specific lawyer can explain what, exactly, may be expected of you with respect to your lawsuit.
Your lawyer may:
- Document your account of events, as well as the accounts of witnesses and written reports of the incident, in the form of a lawsuit
- File your lawsuit in the correct legal venue
- Hire experts to testify on your behalf
- Collect and organize evidence that supports your claim of negligence by one or more parties
- Represent you in any settlement negotiations that occur
- Represent you at trial, should your lawsuit require a trial
- Defend your rights
Your lawyer may be able to collect monetary awards for:
- Your medical expenses
- Your lost income
- Your long-term disabilities, if you have any
- Any decline in your earning power because of the accident
- Your pain and suffering
You may be entitled to additional awards, and the specific details of your case will play a role in determining the type and amount of compensation you could be entitled to.
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