Many people are unfamiliar with the term rebar. However, when they see the ridged steel rod, they recognize it as an item used to reinforce concrete, masonry walls, and even in constructing an in-ground swimming pool shell. The purpose of these various diameter rods is to add tension and increase the tensile strength of the concrete or block structure. Knowing this, it is clear that rebar is a very solid and strong piece of metal. However, it can become exposed when the surrounding concrete or structure deteriorates.
Typically, you might see rebar exposed on a sidewalk, concrete steps, a block wall, a BBQ island, or other outdoor features constructed from concrete and cinder blocks. The exposed rebar is often dark and can be very difficult to see, creating a significant tripping hazard. If you have recently become the victim of a rebar trip and fall incident, the staff at DTLA Law Group is here to provide the answers and assistance you need.
Our team of expert rebar trip and fall attorneys and support staff can be reached 24/7 to ensure you have access to reliable legal advice and guidance after suffering injuries due to a rebar trip and fall. In addition, we are happy to provide a free consultation with an experienced DTLA Law Group rebar trip and fall attorney to discuss the details of your case and determine if you have grounds for a California rebar trip and fall lawsuit. Please get in touch with the office at your earliest convenience to ensure that you understand your rights as a trip and fall personal injury victim and how to protect yourself.
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Who Could Be Responsible For Your Rebar Trip And Fall Injuries?
To determine who could be to blame for the injuries you have suffered, you must first understand a little about premises liability. The section of the law dictates the level of care property owners must provide to ensure the safety of guests on the property. It is also crucial to know that premises liability applies to all properties, from a privately owned residential home to a privately owned office or even a city-owned park or street.
The vital information to take away here is that the property owner is responsible for maintaining the space in a safe manner and free from common safety hazards, such as an exposed piece of rebar that could easily cause a trip and fall injury. But the responsibility for the property is not always limited to just the owner.
There can be other people or entities that are also responsible for the care and upkeep of the space. These could include a maintenance service, landscape company, or property management company, which might share the liability if you suffer a rebar trip and fall at a specific property. In addition, the company that installed the structure or surface using rebar could be responsible if the installation was not completed to code and industry standards.
When you meet with a DTLA Law Group rebar trip and fall attorney, you will discuss the details of your rebar trip and fall injury accident. In addition, your legal team will determine who could be liable for the injuries you sustained and, if your case has legal merit, to file a rebar trip and fall lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.
How Much Is A Rebar Trip And Fall Injury Lawsuit Worth?
The value of most personal injury lawsuits is calculated based on the expenses and losses suffered by the victim. In the case of a rebar trip and fall incident, you will work with the DTLA Law Group staff to compile all the expenses that can be included in your claim. The most common categories for these costs include:
All medical expenses related to the diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation of injuries suffered in the trip and fall incident, as well as medications and essential medical devices
Your legal fees for representation and the rebar trip and fall lawsuit
Any lost income if your injuries prevented you from working during your recovery
The value of any personal property damaged or destroyed in the fall
In cases with significant injuries, there is the potential to include a dollar amount to compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Your rebar slip and fall attorney has significant expertise in selecting an appropriate amount for the severity of your injuries and the time needed for them to heal.
Common Injuries Sustained Due To A Rebar Trip And Fall
Due to the location of most rebar and the nature of the material, many of the injuries sustained by a rebar trip and fall victim are severe. In addition, if the area contains multiple pieces of exposed rebar, falling on this steel rod can inflict extensive damage to the body. Some of the more common rebar trip and fall injuries include:
Severe lacerations and puncture wounds that often include damage to internal organs or internal bleeding
Broken or fractured bones
Spinal cord or back injuries
Complete joint dislocations or damage to the connective tissues
Soft tissue or nerve damage
Facial injuries to the skin, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or teeth
Head injuries, including a concussion, skull fracture, brain hemorrhage or contusion, or other traumatic brain injury
Any of these injuries have the potential to be life-altering for the victim. In addition, many trip and fall injury victims face significant financial hardships due to medical bills and their inability to work. Anxiety, increased stress levels, and depression further complicate these issues.
What To Do After A Rebar Trip And Fall Injury
Gathering as much information as possible after you suffer a rebar trip and fall injury is essential. The rebar is often outside and in a public area that could change quickly. Repairs could be made or the damaged feature removed before your case is filed with the court. So you need to document the conditions where you fell as soon as possible.
Take pictures of the area and the rebar that caused your fall. Be sure the images are shot from different angles and show the rebar clearly. Also, document your injuries with photos and retain copies of your medical evaluations and treatment for the injuries. Gather the contact information for anyone who witnessed the incident to ensure they can support your description of the incident and provide information to your legal team if you decide to file a rebar trip and fall injury lawsuit. Then contact DTLA Law Group as quickly as possible to request a free consultation to discuss the details of the incident and determine if a lawsuit is the best way to protect yourself and your financial future.
Understanding The Statute Of Limitations
A rebar trip and fall injury is considered a personal injury and typically has a two-year Statute of Limitations. As the victim of a personal injury, your claim must be filed with the court in that two-year period to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. There are very few exceptions to this time lime. However, if any apply to your matter, your DTLA Law Group rebar slip and fall attorney will explain how the added time to file the case could benefit you.
Another critical piece of information is that the two-year time limit does not apply to government-owned properties. In these cases, the victim has only six months to file their claim with the court system. So if you suffer a rebar trip and fall injury on a city street, in a municipal park, or a state or federally-owned building, your case must be prepared and filed within the shortened six-month window. The legal experts at DTLA Law Group handling your case will inform you of the time limit to file your claim based on the responsible party and work diligently to complete their work as quickly as possible.
Getting The Best Rebar Trip And Fall Attorney To Represent You
Many personal injury victims are aware that they need the help of an expert rebar trip and fall attorney to secure the settlement or verdict funds required to pay their medical expenses. However, they are also sure that they cannot afford quality legal representation due to their limited financial resources. However, that is not the case. The team at DTLA Law Group is happy to handle your legal matter with no upfront payment required.
Instead, we only get paid after we have completed our work and gotten you the compensation you deserve for the injuries and losses you suffered. And if we fail to secure a settlement or verdict, you owe us nothing. This adds no stress to you or your budget and puts the pressure to perform on the DTLA Law Group staff. So you never need to worry about added legal expenses coming out of your pocket.
So don’t hesitate to get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to discuss the details of your rebar trip and fall injury and who could be responsible for your medical expenses and other losses. The call and consultation are free, and our staff is here around the clock to immediately provide the information you need. Soon you will be able to focus on healing and returning to your daily life while your legal team at DTLA Law Group handles every aspect of your rebar trip and fall lawsuit for you.
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