Public water fountains are a sensible solution for a quick sip of water when you’re on the run. We usually see these fountains at schools, parks, and many other locations throughout our lives. The possibility of an accident involving these structures is not something that most people think about. However, public drinking fountains pose a serious risk of injury when they are not maintained properly by property owners and operators. Typically, these accidents occur from water that spills out from the fountains, resulting in slippery conditions. Water around the fountain can also come from plumbing issues, like faulty valves or loose fittings.
If you or someone you know was the victim of a public fountain slip and fall accident, please give us a call to learn about your rights from one of our attorneys. If your injuries were caused by the property owner’s failure to resolve a hazardous condition, we can help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to. For a consultation with an experienced slip and fall injury lawyer, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Injuries from a Public Fountain Slip and Fall Incident
Slip and falls and trip and falls are responsible for over 8 million emergency room visits every year in the U.S. Around 800,000 of these people are hospitalized for serious injuries that merit long-term care, surgery, and physical therapy. Your health should be your number one priority after an accident, so please seek medical attention immediately if you’ve slipped on water, ice, or any other hazard that was caused by a public fountain.
Injuries that are commonly associated with slip and falls include the following:
Who Can I Sue if I Slipped on Water from a Public Fountain?
- Laceraciones profundas
- Infections from cuts and puncture wounds
- Huesos rotos
- Hip fracture / broken pelvis
- Fractura de cráneo
- Lesión cerebral traumática
- Daños en la médula espinal
- Latigazo cervical
- Daños en los órganos internos
- Sprains or strains in the ankles and wrists
- Torn ACL / MCL, dislocated kneecap, and other knee injuries
- Chipped or missing teeth
- Dolor crónico
- Emotional injuries – nightmares, insomnia, hypervigilance, panic attacks, etc.
Generally, these types of accidents are blamed on the property owner, as they are responsible for ensuring the safety of their property through cleaning, maintenance, and other reasonable actions. With a public fountain, the owner is usually a private business (shopping center, for example) or a government entity (city park, public school, government building, etc.). There are different procedures for suing a private entity versus a government agency, which one of our attorneys can go over with you.
Regardless of who you are suing, there are several elements you must establish in a premises liability lawsuit:
- Duty – since you had a legitimate reason to be on the premises, the property owner had a duty of care to you while you were on their property.
- Breach – the defendant breached their duty of care to you through an act of negligence or misconduct (for example, failing to remove puddles of water that had formed around the fountain).
- Liability – due to the defendant’s negligence, they are liable for the injuries you’ve suffered from a slip and fall accident.
- Damages – based on injuries you’ve sustained, you have the right to seek monetary damages from the property owner.
This is a simplistic description of what it takes to build a solid case for a slip and fall injury claim. However, your accident may involve complex circumstances that go beyond the basics, and it’s important to discuss these issues right away with an experienced personal injury lawyer. For guidance on your rights and legal options, contact us to speak with a public fountain slip and fall injury attorney.
Monetary Damages You May be Eligible to Receive
When you have been harmed due to a property owner’s negligence, there are many losses that you are left to deal with as a result of your injuries. That’s why the law allows you to ask for economic and non-economic damages, such as:
- Gastos médicos
- Salarios / ingresos perdidos
- Dolor y sufrimiento
- Angustia emocional
- Daños materiales
- Honorarios del abogado
- Daños punitivos
Not everyone is entitled to the same types of damages, so please schedule a free case review with one of our attorneys to learn about the compensation that’s available to you.
Average Case Value for Slip and Fall Lawsuits
There is no satisfactory answer to the question of how much these cases are worth on average, as there are too many factors that are unique to each and every claimant. The best we can do is to provide you with a range of values that apply to most cases we handle, which is around $15,000 to $250,000. However, those with severe injuries, like loss of function and traumatic brain injury, may have case values that exceed $2 million. We understand the importance of knowing what you can potentially receive from a lawsuit when you are struggling with the losses from an unexpected accident. A slip and injury lawyer at our office can help you figure out the right amount of funds to ask for, and fight to bring you every penny you deserve from the responsible party.
How Long do These Cases Take to Settle?
The estimated time to settle a slip and fall claim can be anywhere from 30 days to over 2 years, so it’s impossible to say ahead of time how long it will take to obtain compensation on your behalf. Insurance companies usually offer settlements fairly quickly in these situations, but these amounts are usually very low. It’s in your best interest to retain an attorney who can negotiate a higher payment, but how long this process will take depends on many factors that we can’t foresee ahead of time. We endeavor to close out all cases within 6 months, but achieving the compensation you deserve can take 1 or more years, especially if you have extensive injuries with permanent complications.
Statute of Limitations to File a Slip and Fall Injury Claim
The deadline to file an injury claim against a property owner is 2 years, starting from when you had your accident. Keep in mind that the courts are very strict about the amount of time you have to sue another party for an act of negligence. If you miss the deadline to file a slip and fall lawsuit, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to seek compensation from the property owner. That’s why it’s essential to contact us right away and get started on a slip and fall injury claim with help from one of our attorneys.
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Speak to an Experienced Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
Falling down may seem like an everyday occurrence, but many people are unaware of how serious these accidents can be until they’ve experienced if for themselves. The costs associated with the recovery process can be overwhelming for most people, which is why legal advice is so important if you’ve fallen due to a dangerous condition that was caused by someone else. The lawyers of Normandie have helped countless victims receive the settlement they deserve, and we are more than ready to do the same for you.
All our fees are paid by the defendant at the end of your case, so you never have to worry about legal fees if you choose to work with us. Along with our contingency-based payment structure, we will offer you a Zero Fee Guarantee from day one, which means you won’t be responsible for any legal fees if we don’t recover your payment.
To learn more about your legal rights as a public fountain slip and fall injury victim, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.