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Victims who recently suffered injuries because of a broken step accident need to understand their rights and ability to seek compensation for the harm and losses they are enduring. Sadly, many people will blame themselves for being careless or rushing if they suffer a fall on steps. However, upon closer inspection, it was found that the reason for the incident was a broken step. In these cases, the legal team at DTLA Law Group is ready to help the victim and their loved ones understand how they can secure the compensation needed to eliminate medical expenses and other financial hardships created by the injuries due to the damaged step.

Most people give little thought to steps. They are a simple means of getting from one floor to another that does not involve the potential safety issues and hazards of using an elevator or escalator. Your body seems to navigate the average step as easily as if you are walking on flat ground because muscle memory has been created over the years. However, we all need to understand that when something as simple as a cracked or broken step is not corrected, it can result in injuries that could alter or even end a life. If you or a loved one are facing painful and costly injuries because of a fall due to a broken step, please get in touch with the broken step injury accident lawyers at DTLA Law Group today for expert legal guidance and potential solutions.

When you contact DTLA Law Group, someone is always ready to take your call, provide dependable legal information, and answer your questions. We understand that navigating the complexities of the legal system after suffering an injury can be overwhelming. Our staff is here to remove the stress and worry from using the legal system to protect your rights and financial future. In addition, we hope you will take advantage of our offer for a free consultation with a skilled personal injury lawyer to discuss the facts of your case.

Once they have gathered all the details, they will provide a complete evaluation of the legal merit of your claim and explain your right to sue if it applies. Should you want to pursue legal action, our staff is ready to assist you in taking the appropriate steps. But please know that even after your free consultation, you are never obligated to hire DTLA Law Group or take legal action. Our goal is only to ensure that you have all the facts needed to make a well-informed choice about a broken step injury accident lawsuit that could change the course of your future and eliminate your financial concerns. Finally, we also want to clarify the time limit the legal system imposed on victims to make this choice and file their claims with the court.

What Is The Statute Of Limitations?

The Statute of Limitations is a law that defines how long victims have to file a claim or lawsuit with the court. The time provided will vary based on the legal material or matter involved in the case. However, in all cases, once the Statute of Limitations has passed, the victim will lose the right ever to seek compensation and justice for the losses due to that specific incident.

In cases involving a personal injury caused by a broken step, victims have two years from the incident date to prepare and file their case with the court. If the case is not filed, then there will likely be no exception to grant the victim more time to seek justice for the injuries or harm due to the accident in question. Even if you are unsure you want to take legal action, it is wise to seek a free consultation with DTLA Law Group to discuss the time limit to file your claim with a skilled broken step injury accident lawyer. This short meeting will ensure you understand the time you have to process and make this decision that could significantly impact your future.

Broken Step Safety Hazards Are More Common Than You Might Think

When you think about hazards involving steps, you often picture a step outside or near an exterior door that could be wet. But rarely do we think about the average wear and tear on steps or how it could degrade the integrity of this simple device. However, there are many ways that a step could be broken or damaged, which might result in someone suffering life-altering injuries.

If a heavy item is dropped on a step, it could easily crack the wood plank where you will place your foot as you navigate the steps. There could also be damage to the vertical support of the step if something is dropped or strikes the face of the step. Moving furniture or other large or bulky items up or down steps could cause damage that will cause you to fall.

The best advice to avoid a severe injury due to a broken step is to watch where you place your feet, move cautiously, and always hold the handrail when using the steps. While this might not prevent you from taking a tumble on a broken step, it could help to minimize the injuries and pain you suffer due to this unfortunate incident.

Common Broken Step Accident Injuries

Even a slight slip or loss of balance while on steps can result in catastrophic injuries. The sharp edges of the steps and the distance you might fall can cause multiple injuries before you come to rest at the base of the steps. Knowing this, it is vital, especially for older adults, to use the handrail to prevent lengthy falls and multiple injuries that could include:

  • Broken or shattered bones
  • Damage to the soft connective tissue of joints
  • Severe lacerations or soft tissue injuries
  • Daños en órganos internos o hemorragias internas
  • Neck, back, or spinal cord injuries
  • Damage to the face
  • Head injuries, including a concussion, skull fracture, or traumatic brain injury

If you or a loved one suffer a fall on the steps, it is imperative that you seek a complete medical evaluation to establish the nature and severity of any injuries. Immediately beginning treatment is essential to the best possible recovery time and healing.

It is also vital to know that professionally documented medical records, pictures of the visible injuries, images of the broken step where you fell, and contact information for any witnesses will be beneficial if you need to seek legal action to get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered.

Who Caused My Broken Step Injury Accident?

Determining the cause of your injury accident might not follow the process you expect. This is not a process of searching for someone who pushed you, in most cases. Instead, your legal team will look at who was responsible for the care and maintenance of the damaged step that caused you to fall and get hurt. This path of research is because of premises liability laws that explain or define the obligation of property owners and their agents to maintain the facilities in a safe and hazard-free manner.

In short, the owner’s staff must repair or eliminate hazards identified or reported in a reasonable amount of time. In addition, they must place warnings in the area if a hazard cannot be immediately corrected to alert others at the property of an increased potential for a safety issue. If the staff does not meet these obligations, they are said to be negligent in their duty of care. In addition, if that negligence is found to be the direct cause or part of the reason for a person to suffer an injury, the property owner is liable for the harm the person suffered.  

What Is The Possible Value Of My Broken Step Injury Lawsuit?

As a victim of a personal injury, you will work with your legal team at DTLA Law Group to compile all the expenses and losses you suffered because of your accident. The total of your losses and damages will be used to determine the value of your lawsuit. Items that you will include in these calculations are:

  • All medical expenses related to the injuries suffered in your broken step fall
  • The replacement cost of any personal property that was damaged or destroyed in the incident
  • Your lost income if your injuries prevent you from performing your regular job until you are fully recovered or you miss time at work to attend medical appointments related to the harm caused when you fell on the step
  • All legal expenses and costs related to your broken step injury accident lawsuit
DTLA Law Group Delivers Justice For All

After suffering an injury, it is not always feasible to pay upfront legal fees and expenses. Our firm understands these challenges and the many other personal injury victims face. So, we never charge any upfront legal fees or expenses to ensure that all victims have the ability to secure the quality legal services they deserve. We only get paid after our client has the compensation to cover their legal costs and other expenses. In addition, you owe us nothing if we fail to win your personal injury lawsuit and get you the funds needed to pay all your costs.

Please be sure to make time today to reach out to DTLA Law Group to discuss the facts of your case with a broken step injury accident lawyer and determine if a lawsuit will be the best solution for your long-term and short-term needs.

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Can I Sue if I was Sexually Abused at Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility?

Yes, you have the right to sue for sexual abuse that you were subjected to by a staff member at Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility. We want to stress that under California law, any interaction between adults and minors for the purpose of sexual gratification to the adult is child sexual abuse. That’s why it’s irrelevant whether you said no or you were forced into performing a sex act. As long as you were under 18, i.e., a minor at the time of the incident, you are a victim of sexual abuse during childhood.

These lawsuits are generally filed against the person that sexually abused you, but the situation is much more complicated when you are a juvenile inmate. There are many people who are responsible for your safety, which includes protecting from sexual assault and harassment. If you are abused by a staff member, immediate action should be taken to investigate the incident and ensure that you are not subjected to further acts of abuse.

Sadly, it’s a well-known fact that county probation departments ignore sexual assault allegations. Many of them find ways to hide evidence and keep the victim from going to the authorities. They also go to great lengths to protect the abuser, even if it means sending them to another detention center where they can start their cycle of exploitation and traumatize a whole new set of children.

When there are sexual abuse complaints at a juvenile hall, it’s not just the predatory staff member that can be sued by the victim. To see if you qualify for a lawsuit against the Madera County Probation Department, contact a juvenile hall sexual abuse lawyer at our office.

Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit

Victims of sexual assault and harassment at juvenile halls are generally aware that there are many other inmates who are dealing with the same predicament. Frankly, there’s no way to avoid the fact that child sexual abuse has been going on for decades at just about every juvenile hall and camp program in California. With the potential for thousands of victims from the same facility, it may be in your best interest to join a class action lawsuit for sexual abuse at Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility.

If you wish to be part of a juvenile hall class action claim, we can take care of the associated paperwork and provide you with the representation you need and deserve. The first step is to contact our office and schedule time to speak with a sexual abuse class action lawyer.

How Long Do I have to File a Lawsuit?

You have until the age of 40, or 22 years from when you turn 18 if you wish to sue Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility for sexual abuse. This is a generous amount of time to file a lawsuit, but then again, you have probably come across news stories of lawsuits that were filed by older individuals.

In cases involving the sexual abuse of a minor, California law recognizes that it can take many years before the victim understands the emotional and/or physical impact of what they went through. And many of the former inmates that contact us are well into their 40s, 50s, or 60s by the time they go to a therapist and discover how their current suffering is related to the abuse they suffered at a juvenile detention center. This is why victims are given 5 years from when they discover an injury related to sexual abuse for a lawsuit against Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Don’t hesitate to call us if you need more information on the 5-year discovery rule for child sexual assault and whether you still have a chance to sue for being sexually abused while staying at Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility.

How Much can I Receive from a Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

On average, payments from a juvenile hall sexual abuse lawsuit fall between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000. Sexual assault claims are often settled for $2,500,000 to $5,000,000; sexual harassment cases are worth anywhere from $450,000 to $1,500,000. Though it’s rare, there are cases that settle for over $10,000,000 due to extreme circumstances, like aggravated assault that results in severe injuries and gross negligence by juvenile hall administrators.

You must always keep in mind that estimates do not necessarily reflect what you will receive from a lawsuit against Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility. Of course, it does help to consider the average value of a Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility lawsuit, but there are many factors that affect the amount of compensation that a victim is entitled to. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Number of sexual assault / harassment incidents
  • The relationship between the victim and the abuser
  • The duration of abuse (over how many weeks, months, years)
  • Acts of negligence, including deliberate misconduct that puts the inmate at risk of being sexually abused.
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Average Length of Time to Settle a Juvenile Hall Sexual Assault Claim

In our experience, it takes 1 to 2 years before a settlement is reached in cases for the sexual abuse of an inmate at Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility. For cases that go to trial, the settlement timeline is 3 years or longer, though most lawsuits do not end up in court, even if a trial date is scheduled. Typically, there is almost always a settlement before the trial date, which is the most efficient way for both sides to put the case behind them. Nevertheless, claims for sexual assault at a juvenile hall are extremely complicated for many reasons, particularly if the incidents took place many years ago. That’s why we anticipate these cases taking around to 12 to 18 months, though a settlement can certainly be achieved much faster.

Legal Advice from a Juvenile Hall Sexual Abuse Lawyer

An experienced sexual abuse attorney is your best ally when you are seeking justice from a negligent government institution. Our law firm has a dedicated team of lawyers who are ready to fight for you and the compensation you deserve.

For now, all you have to do is meet with us for a free, private consultation. If you decide that filing a lawsuit is the right course of action, you won’t have to pay a single penny upfront, since we are a contingency based law firm. The cost of legal services is paid by the Madera County once we successfully recover your payment. If we don’t win your case, you are not responsible for any legal fees, as you are protected by the Zero Fee Guarantee from day one.

For a free case review on your rights and legal options, contact our law firm as soon as possible.

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