For most people, doing laundry is far from their least favorite chore, but it is one that can be very time-consuming and even expensive. Using a laundromat or coin operated laundry facility can add up quickly, so many people put off making the trek as long as possible. But once you are there and can wash all your clothing, linens, and towels simultaneously in several washers, the task becomes less daunting. Even some people who own a washer and dryer choose to visit a laundromat from time to time to wash large items or catch up on several weeks of laundry in a few hours rather than the few days it takes at home.
But when you head to a coin operated laundry facility, the last thing you think about is suffering an injury. But you might be stunned to learn how many accident injury incidents occur in laundromats and coin operated laundry facilities across the state. Sadly, not all of the incidents involve minor cuts or bruises. Some laundromat accident injury victims suffer severe injuries that can be life-altering.
If you have recently visited a laundromat only to suffer an injury, the dedicated and experienced team at DTLA Law Group is ready to provide the information and answers you need to make well-informed and wise decisions. We are available 24/7 to take you call and discuss the injuries you suffered and how you could be eligible to file a laundromat accident injury lawsuit. We even offer a free consultation with a laundromat accident injury attorney to ensure you understand your rights and how to protect them and your financial future after sustaining injuries at a local laundromat. Please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to begin to overcome the challenges of your coin laundry accident injuries.
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The Laundromat Hazards You Might Encounter
When you think about the common injury accidents that could happen in a coin laundry facility, the most common one is a slip and fall. Most people know that many potential hazards related to wet floors and clothing could contribute to a slip and fall incident. However, that is just the beginning of the dangers you could encounter the next time you grab a roll of quarters or a credit card and head to the laundromat. Other common accident injuries in a laundromat include:
Trip and fall injuries due to clothing dropped on the floor, laundry baskets and detergent bottles left on the floor, damaged or wet carpets, or other items that are left on the floor and could be challenging to see when carrying an armload of laundry
Damaged flooring surfaces can also result in a slip and fall or trip and fall injury incident
Less common but also possible are the hazards of being exposed to chemicals in cleaning and laundry solutions or on the laundry someone else brings into the facility
Electrical shocks are also common because all washing machines use both electricity and water to get the job done, but as the equipment ages, the electrical cord or other parts could become worn and increase the potential of suffering an electrical shock or even electrocution
Explosions in laundromat locations are not all that common but can occur in facilities that use gas dryers or might have a gas heating system
Assault and battery is also common in some locations
In laundromats that are open 24/7 or have little traffic at night or on certain days, sexual assault is also a threat that patrons should be alerted to
Who Is To Blame For Your Laundromat Accident Injuries?
Just because you suffered an injury while at a coin operated laundry does not mean you can sue the establishment’s owner. Instead, you need to contact DTLA Law Group to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an expert laundromat accident injury attorney. During your meeting, you will discuss the details of the incident and learn more about the obligation of the laundromat owner to ensure the safety of their customers.
Duty of care is part of premises liability that defines the obligations of business and property owners to protect their guests or clients. Part of their responsibility is regularly inspecting the facility for damaged equipment or other hazards that could cause a patron to be injured. If the coin operated laundry owner failed to meet their obligation to keep the laundromat in a safe and functional condition, you could have grounds for a laundromat accident injury lawsuit. Your DTLA Law Group attorney will then explain the process of filing a claim to seek the compensation you deserve for your losses and expenses.
How Much Is My Laundromat Accident Injury Lawsuit Worth?
The value of personal injury lawsuits is primarily based on the actual expenses and losses of the injury victim. So, you will work closely with your DTLA Law Group legal team to compile all your allowable expenses. These costs typically include:
All current and future medical expenses to treat or rehabilitate the injuries sustained at the coin operated laundry facility
The value of any personal property that was damaged or destroyed in the laundromat accident
Your lost income if the injuries you suffered prevented you from working
The legal fees for the services of your laundromat accident injury attorney to prepare and litigate your claim
If the injuries suffered were severe or would have a life-long impact, it is common to seek pain and suffering compensation as well as your expenses. This amount is more arbitrary than your expenses, so your legal experts will assist you in selecting an appropriate amount based on previous cases with similar injuries or impacts on your quality of life.
What Are Some Severe Laundromat Accident Injuries?
Unfortunately, there are countless injuries that could be life-altering and might occur in a coin operated laundry facility. Of course, the age and overall health of the injury victim will have an impact on the ability to make a full recovery from any injury. However, these injuries are almost always considered severe:
Damage to the neck, back, or spinal cord
Broken bones or compound fractures
Severe lacerations or puncture wounds that include damage to internal organs and internal bleeding
Facial injuries to the skin, eyes, ears, nose, or mouth that often require surgery
Soft tissue injuries that include nerve damage
Head injuries that could range from a severe concussion or skull fracture to a brain contusion, brain hemorrhage, or other traumatic brain injuries
These extensive injuries often result in a lifetime of pain and medical treatment for the victim, as well as financial hardships and increased stress. Many victims suffer a loss of quality of life and depression that robs them of the future they deserve. And it all could have been prevented in many cases if the owner of the laundromat had provided the required level of care and maintenance to ensure customers’ safety.
The Statute Of Limitations On Laundromat Accident Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury victims have two years from the date of their injury to file a claim against the owner of the laundromat where they were injured. If the case is not filed in that time, the victim often loses the right to seek compensation for the damages and losses caused by the incident. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule that your DTLA Law Group legal team will explain if they apply to your case. In addition, the claim can be filed as soon after the incident as you like if that is in your best interest and provides needed financial relief.
How To Help Your Attorney Get You The Compensation You Deserve
Many laundromat accident injuries occur when few witnesses or employees are in the facility. So, you will want to be sure to gather some vital information, if possible, before leaving the property. The few minutes you invest in collecting this information can be significant when it is time to prove how the accident occurred and that the laundromat owner was not meeting their obligation to provide a safe place for customers. The items to gather include:
The names and contact information of any witnesses
Pictures of any visible injuries you sustained
Images of the area where you were hurt and any items or issues that caused the accident
Pictures of the overall condition of the facility if lack of care or maintenance is a contributing factor in your injuries
How To Afford The Best Laundromat Accident Injury Attorney
Getting the best laundromat accident injury attorney to handle your case has never been easier or more affordable. The skilled and experienced team at DTLA Law Group is ready to take your lawsuit with no upfront legal fees or expenses required. Instead, we only get paid after we have gotten the settlement or verdict needed to cover your legal costs and other expenses created by your laundromat accident injuries. In addition, if we fail to win your coin operated laundry accident injury lawsuit, you owe us nothing.
You will not find a more dedicated team of legal experts than the staff at DTLA Law Group. Nor will you find a more skilled team willing to work tirelessly and even work for free if we fail. However, that is not likely because we have complete confidence in our ability to win every case we handle and deliver the compensation our clients need to overcome their laundromat accident injuries. Don’t hesitate to contact DTLSA Law Group today for your free consultation.
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