Ceiling fans are a common object in many homes and commercial buildings, including hotels, stores, and office buildings. Even with advanced air conditioning systems, these devices are an affordable way to bring down the temperature and provide a refreshing breeze any time of the year. Of course, we assume that all ceiling fans are properly secured and maintained on a regular basis by the property owner. Unfortunately, failure in either of these areas can lead to a ceiling fan accident injury if the unit malfunctions or falls off unexpectedly.
If you or your loved one sustained injuries from a ceiling fan, you may have the option of suing for monetary compensation, which you can learn more about during a free consultation with one of our attorneys. However, there is a strict deadline to sue a property owner, manufacturer, or any other party that may be responsible, so we implore you to contact us immediately and schedule a free case review on your rights and legal options.
What can Cause a Ceiling Fan to Fall?
It doesn’t occur to most people that a ceiling fan may fall off and hurt someone, but there are various causes that lead to one of these machines falling off the ceiling:
- Negligence by the property owner – owners must ensure that celling fans on the premises are inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Wobbling when the fan is on, loose screws and blades, and unusual noises are all signs of a ceiling fan that has the potential to fall.
- Mechanical defects – if there is a defect that occurred during the design, manufacturing, or distribution of the product, this may be grounds for a product liability lawsuit, as negligence by any one of these entities can also cause a ceiling fan accident.
- Improper installation – ceiling fans are often installed by technicians, especially in commercial settings. Faulty installation techniques, usage of cheap / defective hardware, and other issues may be the reason for a ceiling fan falling off and hitting someone.
Fall Accident Injuries that are Caused by Ceiling Fans
Injuries are possible with any kind of fan, but celling fans are especially dangerous due to their weight and size. If a ceiling fan were to hit someone that’s standing or sitting underneath it, there are many injuries that can occur, including:
- Deep cuts to the head, face, and other parts of the body
- Skull fracture
- Brain injury
- Broken nose and other bones in your body
- Corneal abrasion, broken eye socket and other ocular injuries
- Neck or spinal cord injury
Considering the effect these conditions can have on your life, possibly for many years to come, it’s essential to learn about your legal options from a lawyer with experience in falling object injury cases.
Your Right to Sue for a Falling Celling Fan Accident
We mentioned several parties in a previous section that may be responsible when a ceiling fan falls off without warning: the property owner, the manufacturer / distributor, and the installation company. You may have grounds to sue one or more of these parties based on the exact cause of your accident. Frankly, many of these claims are filed against the property owner, as they have a legal duty to resolve hazardous conditions on the property. Since there is no denying that an unstable ceiling fan is a dangerous condition, it’s the owner of the premises that is often sued in these situations.
But as we’ve mentioned, makers and sellers of the product can also engage in negligence, meaning that the issues with the ceiling fan existed while it was still in their possession. Or, the cause of your accident may have been created or exacerbated by the ceiling fan installer. These parties must also be examined in order to determine your right to sue for injuries from a falling ceiling fan. In short, there is a lot of evidence that you will need to obtain and interpret before you can file a lawsuit, which is where we can be of help. The falling object accident lawyers of DTLA are ready to assist you in a ceiling fan collapse accident claim, so call us anytime to schedule a free case evaluation.
Compensation from a Ceiling Fan Accident Lawsuit
A successful lawsuit will bring you compensation for the losses you’ve sustained as a direct result of your accident. Here are economic and non-economic damages that you may be entitled to:
- Expenses for medical treatments and services
- Lost wages during the recovery period and/or future lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering / mental anguish
- Lawyer’s fees
- Punitive damages
A ceiling fan injury lawyer can help you determine which of these payments you can demand from the defendant. In addition, we can help you calculate a fair amount of compensation to ask for, which is based on many factors that are unique to your accident. “What is the average case value of a falling object accident lawsuit?” is a question we commonly receive at our law firm. Based on our record of settlements and verdicts, $175,000 to $2,750,000 may be a reasonable range for these cases. However, we will need to learn about the severity of your injuries and other important elements before we can provide you with an approximate settlement value.
Make Sure to File Your Lawsuit on Time
Finding out how long you have to file a lawsuit is one of the most important steps in the legal process. For a personal injury claim, you must file a lawsuit no later than two years from the incident date, or from the date of discovering an injury from a ceiling fan accident. Waiting too long can be detrimental, as the courts will most likely invalidate your right to sue if you end up going past the two-year mark. By working with the experts at our law firm, you can be sure that all the necessary paperwork is filed in a timely manner.
Settling a Ceiling Fan Injury Case – How Long will it Take?
Based on our many years of experience with falling object accident claims, the best we can say is that the settlement process takes anywhere from a few weeks to one or more years. Much of this has to do with the insurance company’s response time and their willingness to negotiate in good faith. Keep in mind that their number one goal is to save money and close out your case for as little as possible. That’s why it normally takes 6 to 12 months of offers and counter-offers to reach a settlement that’s adequate for the victim’s harm and suffering. If you’d like a detailed explanation on how long it may take to recover your payment, contact our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation.
Free Consultation on Existing Accident Claims
Could you use a second opinion on your case from an experienced falling object injury attorney? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free second opinion consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you have about your claim, like why it’s taking so long to settle your case and what you can do if you’re dissatisfied with your current law firm. Again, this is a completely free consultation with a legal expert at our office, so take advantage of this offer by giving us a call as soon as possible.
Zero Fee Guarantee for all Accident Victims
The attorneys of DTLA are ready to investigate your case and fight for every penny of the settlement you deserve. Along with decades of litigation experience in falling object lawsuits, we offer a Zero Fee Guarantee to ensure that you receive free legal services throughout your entire case. The way we see it, you should not have to pay for legal fees when you are the victim of someone else’s misconduct. Our contingency fee structure means we only get paid if you receive compensation for your injuries. If we don’t win your case, you pay nothing out of pocket, even if your case goes to trial.
If you’re ready to learn more about your rights as a ceiling fan injury accident victim, please contact our office.