Windows are an essential part of any home or building, as they let in fresh air and sunlight. But too much light can cause all sorts of problems for people inside the structure, which is why there are window coverings in all shapes and sizes. These include drapes or blinds that you can install on your own, or arrange for a professional to install them for you. Due to the complexity of these units, especially window blind systems, it’s very common to hire someone for the installation process. In most cases, blinds manufacturers will offer to send over an installer, and this is generally safer than trying to do the job yourself.
Unfortunately, there is the other side of the coin where the installation may be at fault for a dangerous accident to you or your loved ones. Failure to properly install can result in the blind dislodging and falling on someone’s head. Injuries to children can also happen from usage of unsafe cords, which is typically an issue with the manufacturer. However, the property owner may to blame as well if a child is a guest or visitor on the premises.
Drape and blind installation accidents have devastating consequences for the injury victim and their family members. If you were injured due to another party’s failure to exercise reasonable care, we can help you obtain compensation from a window blind or drape injury accident claim. Contact us today and schedule a free case evaluation.
Injuries Due to Improper Drape and Blind Installation
There are numerous ways that people can be injured by blinds or drapes on a window. However, the vast majority of these accidents involve the entire unit falling off and hitting the person underneath. As a result, people can end up various injuries, such as:
- Cuts, gashes, and puncture wounds in the skin
- Infections and permanent disfigurement
- Injury to the neck of spinal cord
- Brain injury and skull fracture due to blunt force trauma on the head
- Dislocated joints in the elbows, shoulder, and knees
- Tearing of muscles, tendons, and ligaments (soft tissue injuries)
- Nerve damage that can result in paralysis
- Chronic pain (complex regional pain syndrome)
Children are especially vulnerable to window blind injuries. Entanglement injuries, and even death, are alarmingly common, due to failure by the manufacturer or installer to use cordless blind or drape systems, or cords that are short enough to be out of reach from children. The dangers of window blinds for children have been studied extensively by the American Pediatric Association, as well as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
As the parent or guardian of a child that was killed in an incident involving window drapes or blinds, you may be eligible for a lawsuit against the product manufacturer, installation company, or both (these are one and the same in many cases). In the next section, we will talk more about your right to sue for being injured by a defective or improperly installed window drape or blind unit.
Can I Sue for Injuries from Blinds that are Not Installed Correctly?
Yes, you can sue if you were harmed by blinds or drapes that fell off due to improper installation or other acts of negligence by one or more entities. The key is to speak with a personal injury lawyer right away, who can advise you of your rights and conduct a proper investigation into your accident. Proving a case of negligence by a blinds installation company, homeowner, etc., can be very challenging, as you will need considerable evidence to hold them responsible for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, missed wages, and other monetary damages.
To ensure that you have the best possible chance of winning your case, please take a moment to contact our office. We can take the time to answer any questions you have and walk you through the legal process for a personal injury claim if you were injured by failure to properly install window blinds or drapes.
What if I am Injured at Work?
Injuries from faulty blind systems can happen in office buildings and other workplaces. In fact, there is a greater chance of injury at worksites, especially buildings that have wide or tall windows, meaning they will have oversized drapes and blinds that can cause serious harm if they fall down on someone.
Even in people’s homes, these incidents are considered workplace accidents if you were performing a job-related task. For example, cable installers, electricians, and other technicians often work around or under windows in apartments, houses, and buildings. Any failure by the installers or a defect caused by the manufacturer can cause the entire unit to collapse and hit the person on the head and other vulnerable areas.
As someone that was injured at or during your job, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation. This is a benefits system that will cover your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages while you are recovering from a work-related accident. Based on the extent of your injuries, you may qualify for other payments, like permanent disability and job retraining benefits.
Unfortunately, many employees run into problems with their claim and end up missing out on the payments they deserve by law. If you have any questions or concerns about a workplace injury claim in the state of California, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of DTLA Law Group.
Average Value of a Blind or Drape Installation Injury Claim
The value of an injury claim is determined by various elements, including the injuries to the victim and the losses resulting from those injuries. These include direct monetary damages, like medical expenses and damage to one’s property. Or, in the case of a workers’ comp claim, the extent of your injuries and how long you will be out of work are some of the issues that must be examined. That’s why case values are anywhere from a few thousand dollars to over $1,000,000 for those who are injured from a collapsing drape or window blind system. For an accurate valuation of your accident injury claim, contact our law firm.
Length of Time to Settle a Hazardous Window Blinds Lawsuit
A falling blind or drape accident case will probably take at least a few months to settle, though we have had cases where a fair amount of damages was negotiated within weeks. This is rare, however, as insurance companies typically handle hundreds of claims at the same time. Getting a response can take 3 weeks on average, and the settlement process usually requires multiple exchanges of offers and counteroffers. In the event the insurance company is unwilling to work towards a fair settlement, it may take another year or two before you receive payment from a lawsuit. We can provide you with a more detailed explanation of the settlement process during a free consultation, so please give us a call.
Statute of Limitations to File a Lawsuit
How long you have to file an injury claim depends on the circumstances of your accident. If you are filing a WC case an injured employee, you have 1 year from the date of the incident to submit your claim to the insurance company. Additionally, you must notify your employer that you’ve been injured within 30 days of the accident. For a personal injury claim, meaning you were injured at home or on someone else’s property, you have 2 years to file a PI lawsuit or wrongful death claim.
Lawyers with Experience in Faulty Blinds or Drapes Installation Accidents
When you’ve suffered bodily harm due to someone else’s negligence, legal advice is essential to recovering your losses. But many people are struggling to stay afloat after an accident, and paying for a lawyer seems like an impossible task. Right now, you can receive free legal services from a falling object injury attorney, thanks to the Zero Fee Guarantee. Under this policy, all our expenses are recovered at the end of your case, when you are compensated by the negligent party. This is the only way we get paid, meaning you won’t be responsible for any legal fees if we fail to win your case.
Our “No Recovery – No Payment” policy also applies to anyone that wishes to continue an existing lawsuit with us. Perhaps you are in need of new representation on a case that isn’t going anywhere or seems to be headed in the wrong direction. After a free second opinion consultation, you can decide for yourself if we are the right law firm to take over your case. If so, you pay nothing unless you receive payment from a falling drape or blind accident injury claim.
Our lawyers are waiting to speak with you, so contact us for a free consultation with a drape and blind injury attorney.