Today’s lifestyle is frantic. We have lengthy to-do lists, and many people rely on multi-tasking to get through their busy days. So you might be recording information on the digital message page of your phone or speaking to someone as you walk to your next meeting or appointment. This is what most people consider making good use of the time they spend in transit from one office to the next or one building to the next. So rarely do you have the luxury of looking around and taking in all the finishes and materials that make up the surrounding spaces.
Thanks to premises liability, the guidelines in our legal system that cover how a property owner should maintain the spaces, you are confident that public and private rooms and hallways are maintained in a safe condition and free of hazards such as broken floor tile. However, that assumption quickly changes when you are the victim of a trip and fall injury due to a broken tile. Suddenly, your fast-paced world comes to a stop, and you find yourself sprawled on the floor and possibly in a great deal of pain.
Only after you look at the floor surface do you realize that broken floor tiles caused your fall. And in addition to needing a complete evaluation from a medical professional, you need the expertise of a fall due to broken tile lawyer. Fortunately, the staff at DTLA Law Group is available 24/7 to answer any questions you have and schedule your free consultation with an experienced and very successful broken tile lawyer in California. So contact the DTLA Law Group today and know that you will have the answers you need and a path forward to securing the compensation owed for the injuries and losses you suffered due to the broken floor tile safety hazard.
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Why Would Anyone Install A Tile Floor?
When looking at flooring for a private or public space, you are not likely to spend a great deal of time thinking about safety issues. If the flooring is widely used and accepted, it must be as safe as all the other surfaces. However, that is not always the case. Several features of tile can make it less appealing and secure than many other flooring choices. But it is often selected because it is a durable flooring surface that requires little maintenance and care. So those selecting this flooring material choose to overlook the following potential safety hazards:
The edges and corners of most tiles are susceptible to cracking and breaking under less force or abuse than a single solid surface
A single tile can become loose or damaged, creating a very uneven surface and a constant tripping hazard
Loose tiles can be hard to distinguish from secure tiles and again result in unstable footing and a trip and fall or slip and fall safety concern
Poorly installed tile can create an uneven surface that is visually hard to detect but creates a tripping hazard
Tile with minimal texture on the surface can create a slip and fall hazard, especially when it becomes moist or damp
Group lines between the tiles can deteriorate and create tripping hazards due to the uneven surface and the bits of grout debris on the adjacent tiles
If you have been injured due to a broken tile, damaged tile, or damaged tile grout, the experts at DTLA Law Group are here to assist you in securing the compensation owed for the injuries and pain you have endured.
Broken Tile Trip And Fall Injuries Can Be Severe
Sadly, many people could have stumbled and tripped over the same broken tile that caused your more severe trip and fall incident. While the others might have suffered only mild bruises or a twisted ankle, trip and fall injuries can be very serious or even life-threatening. Some of the more common injuries resulting from a trip and fall on broken tile include:
Fractures or broken bones in the hands, arms, or legs
Dislocation of the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, knee, or hip
Damage to internal organs and internal bleeding
Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
Head injuries, including a concussion, traumatic brain injury, or fractures skull
Facial injuries to the eyes, nose, mouth, or teeth
If you have suffered a trip and fall on a broken tile, seek a complete medical evaluation to ensure that you have not sustained a serious injury. The impact on this solid surface can result in many severe injuries that could be masked by shock.
Understanding Who Is Responsible For Your Injuries
Once you have gotten the medical care needed to treat your injuries from a trip and fall on broken tile, you will want to determine who is to blame for the pain you are suffering. In addition, you want to know who will be held responsible for the medical bills you have already incurred and any others that will be generated for the future care of your injuries. The answer to these questions comes from the premises liability section of the law.
In most cases of a trip and fall or slip and fall, the liability comes back to the property owner. It is their responsibility to maintain the property in a safe manner and free of safety hazards like broken tiles. If the danger was not clearly marked, blocked to keep pedestrians safe, or being repaired, the owner could have failed in their duty of care of the property.
Determining the owner or responsible party of a private property like a house or condo is typically very straightforward. However, the process can become more complex when the property is a more public space. Some of the most complicated locations include:
Homeowner association owned recreation spaces
City, state, or federal government properties like courthouses, libraries, or police stations
The experts at DTLA Law Group are ready to help you determine who owns the property where you fell on the broken tile and how best to seek compensation due to you for the injuries and losses you have suffered.
Understanding The Statute Of Limitations
Most people believe that the time limit to file a specific type of lawsuit is a precise length of time. However, that is not always the case. The Statute of Limitations can vary based on the responsible party or, in this case, the property owner. For example, in California, most personal injury lawsuits and premises liability cases have a two-year limit on filing. So the victim has two years from the date of their injury to file their claim with the court system.
However, when the property is owned by a government entity, including local, state, and federally owned properties, the time limit is only six months from the date of the incident. So it is vital for a trip and fall injury victim to begin working with a legal expert as quickly as possible after the incident to ensure the case is ready to be filed on time, regardless of the property ownership status. The staff at DTLA Law Group is always prepared to handle any matter related to your injury and deliver success. We are not intimidated to take on the lawyers representing the city, state, or federal government and bring you the compensation you deserve.
The Potential Value Of A Trip And Fall On Broken Tile Lawsuit
Each lawsuit is as unique as the victim we represent. While there are some basic guidelines to determine the estimated value of the matter, each one comes down to the losses and expenses incurred by the victim. In the case of your trip and fall due to broken tile, the claim could include the following:
Your current and future medical expenses to treat the injuries you suffered
The cost of your legal representation for the lawsuit
Lost wages if you could not work while healing from your injuries and the work missed attending medical appointments
The value of any damaged personal property
In addition, some victims include a dollar amount to represent their pain and suffering due to the injuries they sustained after falling due to broken floor tile.
We Only Get Paid After We Win Your Case
The policy at DTLA Law Group is only to get paid after we have successfully completed a case for our client. So there are no upfront fees for you to pay. And if we fail to secure a settlement or verdict in your favor, you owe us nothing. This policy is the best way to demonstrate our dedication to getting you the full and fair compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered. In addition, it helps instill a level of confidence in our lawyers and staff to win your case and make your needs the priority. We don’t want to work for free. But more importantly, we never want to fail to deliver for our clients. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with DTLA Law Group if you have suffered injuries due to falling on broken tiles. The consultation is free, and so are all our services until we have gotten you the settlement or verdict needed to move past this challenging time in your life.
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