The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a document in 2012 detailing ways that business owners and other property owners may reduce the risk that somebody can trip or slip and fall, potentially suffering a life-altering injury. Among the advice that the CDC gives is:
- To clear “walking surfaces” of clutter, as items strewn in walkways are among the leading reasons for slip and fall and trip and fall accidents.
The type of clutter that may be present in a walkway may depend on the property, and may not be the most important factor in any lawsuit you choose to bring. What may be important is that a property owner or manager should have known of the clutter, and that you or a loved one suffered an injury because they did not remove it.
If you would like to learn how a Los Angeles cluttered walking spaces lawyer may help you pursue a lawsuit, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation.
Falls may Cause Injury or Death
Leaving clutter in a walkway may contribute to two primary types of accident:
- Trip and fall
- Slip and fall
Injuries related to these types of accidents may vary depending on:
- The age and physical condition of the person who falls.
- The way they fall, whether it is forward, backward, or on one side.
- Whether you are able to catch yourself before you strike the ground or another object.
- The shape and density of the object that you strike as a result of a fall.
- The force with which you strike one or more objects as the result of your fall.
Depending on these and possibly other factors, you may suffer a spectrum of injuries. Some types of trauma that may come from a trip and fall or slip and fall include:
- Traumatic brain injury: the effects of which the Mayo Clinic explains could be more likely if you are unable to catch yourself before striking the ground or another object.
- Broken bones in your arms and hands: as your body weight could fall upon these bones as you attempt to brace yourself for impact with the ground.
- A broken hip: which is generally considered to be more common and potentially deadly in older adults who fall, according to the CDC.
- Internal bleeding or damage to internal organs: if the force of the impact of your fall is substantial.
One or more of these injuries may also lead to death, especially if your loved one who fell was elderly or had other health conditions that may have heightened the consequences of a fall. Such injuries may also prove costly, both financially and in noneconomic terms.
The Fallout From a Fall may be Substantial
There are two primary categories of injury that may result from a trip or slip and fall:
Each of these possible consequences may create a domino effect of secondary losses incurred by you or your loved one. In the case of an injury, secondary consequences may include:
- Significant financial costs for the diagnosis and treatment of one or more injuries.
- Forced time away from work that prevents you from earning an income, further compounding the financial strain of your medical expenses.
- A lingering injury, permanent disability, brain damage, or other consequences of a fall that may require rehabilitation and could also diminish or eliminate your ability to earn the income that you did before the injury.
You or your loved one may have experienced further losses beyond these. If you are exploring the possibility of bringing a wrongful death claim, then some of your losses resulting from a loved one’s fall may include:
- The absence of the comfort and company of your loved one, which may be an incalculable loss but is still grounds for compensation.
- The loss of your loved one’s income, which may specifically impact their spouse and children.
- Funeral costs related to your loved one’s death.
- Medical expenses related to your loved one’s fall.
Regardless of whether your accident or a loved one’s accident resulted in a death or a non-fatal injury, you may have reason to pursue a lawsuit. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm if you want to find out more about how a Los Angeles cluttered walking spaces lawyer may be able to help.
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A Lawyer may be Able to Help You
A personal injury law may:
- Have experience bringing cases related to dangerous premises.
- Be able to handle your lawsuit from beginning to end.
Many lawyers aim to help those who have been harmed through no fault of their own, and if you or a loved one suffered an injury or died because of a cluttered walkway, then you have possibly been injured through no fault of your own. Some of the ways a lawyer may be able to assist include:
- Diagnosing the strength of your case and your eligibility for a lawsuit
- Answering your questions about the legal process and helping you identify one or more parties that should have foreseen and removed the danger
- Completing all paperwork and legal motions necessary for your lawsuit to move forward, and having conversations with attorneys for the defense to explore settlement options
- Representing you if your lawsuit takes the path to a trial
- Defending your rights during this critical time
A lawyer’s primary goals may be to:
- Prove that you were the victim of negligence
- Prove that the negligence affecting you or your loved one caused real, measurable harm
- Obtain compensation you may be entitled to for that harm
You may be entitled to collect compensation for:
- Healthcare expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning power
- Death-related losses
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