Can I Sue if I was Injured from Falling Out of a Chair?
We’ve all heard of people being injured if the chair they are sitting on falls apart. These incidents can cause serious bodily harm, and the innocent victim may have grounds to sue one or more parties if their accident was caused by an act of negligence. But what if you hurt yourself due to a fall from a chair that is uneven or wobbly? Or, you may have slipped off a chair seat that was too slick, or fell out of the chair because the floor underneath was too slippery.
Defective chair accidents can happen in all sorts of environments, including homes, workplaces, hotels, doctor’s offices, restaurants, and furniture stores. As someone who has been harmed from an unstable chair, you most likely have questions about your rights and legal options, which we can assist you with here at DTLA Law Group. For a free case review with a falling out of chair accident lawsuit attorney, contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Who can I Sue if I got Hurt by Falling Out of a Chair?
Incidents of falling out of a chair can be funny in movies and TV shows where someone slides right off a chair or falls down because a chair is pulled out before they can sit in it. But an unsafe chair can have devastating consequences in real life, and many of these accidents are caused by someone else’s negligence. The identity of this negligent party is what you will need to determine in order to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit.
The owner of the property may be liable for a chair accident injury, as they have a duty to prevent incidents of harm to their guests and visitors. This involves taking care of hazardous conditions, like chairs with loose joints or uneven legs. If the seats are upholstered, they should also check that the seats are not too slippery, which can happen from wear and tear. Furthermore, chairs may need to be stabilized with furniture grips if they’re on tile or wood flooring.
Design flaws and mechanical defects can also cause or contribute to these accidents, and this is where the manufacturer of the chair may be responsible. Alternatively, the problem that made the chair unsafe may be traced to the distributor or wholesaler. To sue one of these parties, you would need to show that you fell out of the chair because of a defect that existed while the chair was still in their possession.
While liability for an accident is a complex subject, it’s essential to figure this out as soon as possible and ensure that you go after the correct party (or parties) in a fall from a chair injury claim. Contact us right away to speak to an attorney who can guide you through the legal process.
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Possible Injuries from Falling off a Chair
Since you are dropping from a relatively low height when you fall from a chair, people tend to underestimate how serious these accidents can be. To give you an idea of why compensation is so important to a victim, here are the injuries that are commonly associated with these incidents:
Traumatic brain injury
Broken hip or pelvis
Twisting injuries in the knees – ACL tear, dislocated kneecap
Spinal cord and neck injuries
Being Injured by an Unsafe Chair at Work
Just about every workplace has chairs that are used frequently throughout the day, and as a result, injuries from worn, unstable, or defective chairs are very common. If you fell off of a chair at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, even if there is no one to blame for the accident. However, it’s possible that you may have grounds for a third party lawsuit if the accident was caused by an entity other than your employer. For example, you may have the right to file a product liability lawsuit against the chair manufacturer if their negligence made the chair unsafe.
To obtain payment from a worker’s comp claim, you must notify your employer that you’ve been inured within 30 days of the accident. We strongly recommend that you talk to your supervisor right away so that your claim can be processed as soon as possible. This should be a relatively straightforward process with your employer’s insurance company. However, you may end up with a claim that is rejected for reasons that you don’t understand. Problems can occur even if your benefits are approved, like pressure from your employer to return to work before you are fully healed from your injuries.
If you are having issues with a workers’ compensation claim, please take some time to speak with a workplace accident lawyer at our office. We will provide you with the guidance and representation you need if you’ve been harmed from a dangerous condition at your job.
Average Value of a Chair Accident Injury Case
Case values in these lawsuits can fall within the range of $150,000 to $500,000 and above, due to the severity of injuries that many victims are left with. There are, of course, incidents with relatively minor injuries, which may be settled for under $50,000. Overall, there are many factors that contribute to the valuation of a settlement award, most notably, the damages you are eligible to receive. These include:
Lost income (wages, work benefits, etc.)
Pain and suffering
We can verify which of these payments you are entitled to and ensure that you receive maximum payment for your harm and suffering.
How Long is the Process to Reach a Settlement?
The length of time it may take to settle a chair accident injury case is not something we can predict, as there are complications that can come up during the legal process. Ideally, we will negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf within 6 months, but it can sometimes take up to 18 months to reach an agreement with the other side. If a lawsuit becomes necessary due to continued resistance by the defendant, the time required to recover your payment may be two or more years.
What is the Deadline to Sue for a Wobbly or Uneven Chair Accident?
The statute of limitations for a chair injury lawsuit is two years, expect in rare circumstances that must be approved by the court. Essentially, that means you have 24 months from the day of your accident to claim monetary damages from the responsible entity. Once you exceed this time period, it’s unlikely that you will be allowed to pursue a legal case, even if you have solid evidence to support your claim. As each day brings you closer to that deadline, contact us immediately to get started on an accident claim if you’ve been injured from slipping or falling off a chair.
We Provide Free Second Opinions
You may have gone to a doctor before to get a second opinion on a medical diagnosis. But if you have a pending injury case, you may benefit from a second opinion on your rights and legal options. We offer second opinions at no charge to the claimant, so you have nothing to lose by contacting us and speaking to a lawyer with experience in accidents from unsafe or defective chairs. Based on our evaluation of your case, you may decide to switch your lawyer and continue your lawsuit with us. However, this is completely up to you, since our main objective is to provide you with advice and guidance. Please give us a call if you would like to schedule a free second opinion with the personal injury attorneys of DTLA.
Legal Advice from a Fall Accident Injury Attorney
We understand that the days, weeks, and months after an unexpected injury can be a scary and confusing time. You’re not sure what you should do, especially when the bills are piling up and you’re being pressured to accept whatever the insurance company is offering. Right now, you need someone who can fight for your interests, and that’s precisely what we can offer you at DTLA Law Group.
All it takes is a free initial consultation to learn about your legal options. Should you decide to hire us, you pay nothing upfront, nor will you spend a single penny on legal fees. A portion of your settlement award will go towards our expenses, which means we only get paid by winning your case. Otherwise, we eat the costs, since the only way we get paid is if you get paid.
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