As a pet owner, you have many responsibilities to ensure the safety and health of your pet and those near your pet. But you rarely think about how caring for your dog could result in an injury to yourself. However, it is more common than you might think to suffer a slip and fall injury while washing your dog. Many of the larger pet stores now offer what appears to be a very convenient option to dog bathing at home.
These facilities have larger wash basins or walk-in spaces that resemble shower stalls but are designed to be dog-washing friendly. But when water, a dog, and a human are all in any small area, there can be accidents that include a dog cleaning slip and fall injury. If you have suffered a slip and fall injury while washing your dog at any of the California pet stores or dog wash facilities, the staff at DTLA Law Group is here to provide the answers you need to protect your rights and financial future.
We offer a free consultation for any injury victim to understand better how they might choose to seek compensation when they have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. Even if you had to sign a waiver to use the facility, there could still be reasons for you to consider a lawsuit against the facility’s owner where your dog cleaning slip and fall injury occurred. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the DTLA Law Group today to request a free consultation to discuss your injuries and the details surrounding the incident. We are here 24/7 to provide the answers and information you need to regain control of your life and finances after suffering this potentially painful and costly incident.
Understanding Breach Of Duty And Premises Liability
In California, all property owners are required to maintain their property, or in this case, dog bathing facility, in a manner that is safe and free of hazards. If the owner of a property fails to meet the minimum standard of care accepted by the average person, they are found to be in breach of duty. In short, they were negligent in maintaining the property and are financially responsible for any damage caused by their neglect.
This information is essential when considering your dog cleaning slip and fall injury and why the property or store owner could be responsible for your damages and expenses. Certainly, the area needs to be built to accommodate the water and soap products used to wash dogs. In addition, there is sure to be some shaking and splashing of water, soap, and other grooming products that could make the floor surface slippery. However, there are standards in place to meet the requirements of the wet areas to ensure the safety of humans and dogs in most cases.
Some examples of a breach of duty of care could include:
- Failure to keep drains clear and flowing – if water backs up in the bathing area, the potential for a slip and fall injury significantly increases
- Failure to provide the necessary slip-free surfaces and floor mats for the protection of the humans using the facility
- Failure to have functioning faucets and water valves to regulate water flow and avoid flooding
- Failure to keep debris or hazards off the floor could result in a slip and fall injury
The expert slip and fall injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group will help you understand how premises liability could allow you to sue the owner of the dog wash facility for breach of duty.
Proving Owner Negligence
When your team at DTLA Law Group builds your case to prove that the owner of the dog bathing facility is responsible for your injuries and expenses, three factors must be considered. If the owner meets any of these three factors, negligence under premises liability is likely to be proven to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
The three factors include:
- The owner knew about the issue that was creating a hazard but did nothing to repair it or warn guests of the property about the hazard
- The property owner created the safety hazard through neglect of the area, equipment, or a faulty repair to the environment
- The owner of the property should have known about the issue through regular inspections of the space but was not conducting them and is therefore negligent in the proper care of the space
If the dog wash facility owner meets any of these criteria, you likely have grounds for a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. The experts at DTLA Law Group will guide you in moving forward with this matter to ensure that you get the payment owed to you for your losses and injuries.
Documenting Your Slip And Fall Injury
Of course, medical care is your priority if you have been severely injured in a dog cleaning slip and fall injury. However, you will also want to ensure that you gather the information that will be very beneficial should you pursue legal action against the facility’s owner. If you are able, it is crucial to take photos of the space where the slip and fall injury occurred. This will help explain and support your demand for compensation. Also, gather the contact information of any witnesses of the slip and fall incident and request a written statement regarding what they saw. Finally, keep all medical documents related to your evaluation and injuries due to the slip and fall.
How Long Will A Slip And Fall Injury Lawsuit Take To Complete?
There is no way for the DTLA team to provide a specific time frame to complete any lawsuit. Each case is unique and will require its own time frame based on the severity of your injuries, the defendant’s actions, and even the court’s workload. However, please know that the DTLA slip and fall injury lawyers and staff will work tirelessly to see your case move through the court system as rapidly as possible.
We understand that you need the compensation from your lawsuit to pay medical bills and cover living expenses and other costs associated with your slip and fall incident. Our goal is always to get our client’s the money they need as quickly as possible to relieve their stress and allow them to move past this traumatic event.
How Much Is A Slip And Fall Injury Lawsuit Worth?
Determining the value of any lawsuit will require more information than you might have at your initial consultation with the DTLA Law Group. Each case is based on the injury victim’s actual expenses and losses, meaning each case will have a unique value. Some of the items included in the value of a slip and fall injury lawsuit include:
- The amount of all current medical bills and any future bills for care related to the slip and fall injuries
- The amount of your legal fees for representation and filing the lawsuit with the court system
- A dollar amount to replace your lost wages if you were unable to work while you heal or recover from your slip and fall injuries
- There can also be a dollar amount included to represent your pain and suffering as a result of the slip and fall injuries
The staff at DTLA Law Group will help you gather all the information needed to compile the amount for all your losses and expenses related to your slip and fall injuries. Our focus is on securing the more robust amount possible to ensure that our client does not face financial challenges due to their injury due to another person’s negligence.
The Statute Of Limitations
In California, an injury victim has two years from the date of their injury to file a claim with the court. In most cases, you will lose your right to seek compensation for your losses and injuries if you do not submit your claim in that time. The staff at DTLA will work with you to ensure your matter is filed within the Statute of Limitations. However, we request that you contact our office as soon as possible after the incident to allow us to handle the matter as rapidly as possible to get you the compensation you deserve.
No Upfront Legal Fees
At DTLA Law Group, we pledge always to consider our clients and their well-being first. That dedication drives everything we do, from our level of effort in gathering documentation to filing the case as soon as possible. In addition, it is the reason that we never charge any upfront legal fees for our services. Instead, we work diligently to get you the money you need for bills and expenses. And we only request payment after you have the settlement or compensation you deserve for the slip and fall injuries you suffered while using a dog bathing facility. Please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to learn more about your rights as a slip and fall injury victim and how we will work to get you the money you deserve for your injuries, suffering, and losses.