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Wedding Slip and Fall Accidents – Lawsuit and Liability Information

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Were you or a member of your family injured in a wedding slip and fall accident? Did you suffer any other type of personal injury accident at a wedding hall? If you were injured in the accident, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit for the harm that you suffered – in fact, you could sue the wedding hall (that is, the property owner) for the harm that you suffered in the wedding accident.

For more information about your right to file a lawsuit after a wedding slip and fall or any other personal injury accident that occurred on the premises of a wedding hall, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers here at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to take on your injury claim and help you recover a fair payout for the harm that you suffered.

Slip and Fall Injuries at Wedding Venues

Some of the most common slip and fall injuries include the following:

  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck injuries, back injuries, and spinal cord injuries
  • Hip and knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Ligament, muscle, and nerve injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Scrapes and bruises

Regardless of the specific injuries that you sustained in a slip and fall accident at a wedding venue, it is important that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our experts are ready to help you sue for the harm that you suffered.

How to Sue a Wedding Hall for Injuries

To file a lawsuit against a wedding reception hall wash, you must show that you were a rightful visitor. Premises liability claims can be filed by any guests on private property if there was negligence at play. Customers are generally considered invitees and have the highest duty of care, while licensees (or social guests) have less and trespassers (those with no right to be on the property) have the least. Guests at a wedding hell may be considered invitees.

Premises liability claims require one of three points to be shown as true:

  • The property owner knew about the hazard and did nothing to fix it or warn others of the issue
  • The property owner caused the hazard or problem himself
  • The property owner was unaware of the issue but reasonably should have been

Wedding hell or banquet hall owners generally either know about problems and are too lazy or cheap to fix them, or they do not know there are problems because they do not conduct thorough inspections and investigations enough.

In order to file a claim, you should follow these steps:

  • Go to the doctor for medical treatment
  • Do not hesitate in going to the hospital, as your injuries may worsen with time and your claim may be looked at as suspicious by the insurance agent
  • Make copies of medical records, charts, X-rays, MRI results, doctor’s statements, insurance billings, and more
  • Take photos of your injuries
  • Take pictures of the wedding hall, any defects, and more; if possible, acquire security footage from the hall
  • Interview eyewitnesses and other guests for their statements and testimonies about the incident
  • File an incident report with the wedding hall
  • Get any necessary contact information from involved parties, including the bride and groom
  • Hire an expert lawyer to litigate your claim for you

A recent client of ours was injured at a wedding and was considering his options with regards to a potential lawsuit. Of course our client had his reservations and did not want to pursue a claim against the bride and groom, which we understand, but at the same time his injuries were rather significant. Our office investigated and found the rental company was at fault for negligently installing the flooring and other equipment which resulted in the accident. As a result we were able to pursue and obtain a settlement on behalf of our client, without involving any other parties. If you were hurt at a wedding you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and if you had serious injuries it is in your best interest to consider pursuing a claim.

Trip and Fall Accidents in Weddings

In certain accident you have a rental or equipment rental company who was negligent in the installation of their equipment. They either failed to tie down loose wiring, cables or had a dance floor that caused trip and falls over the edges. In such cases you will be able to pursue a claim for damages against them for damages. When you have a photographer who fails to properly duck-tape or secure wiring that causes trip and falls resulting in injury, they will be liable. Slip and fall accidents at such functions are actually very common. Considering the dim lighting, loud music and general atmosphere injured parties can trip and fall over objects that are not properly secured. In such cases the party responsible for assembling this equipment will be liable for the accident. Depending on your injuries you may want to consider pursuing a lawsuit for your injuries. If the injuries are minor, then you may not want to consider filing suit, however if you have more pronounced damages, a demand or lawsuit is warranted.

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Who is liable, I don’t want to sue the bride and groom

Morally no one wants to sue a bride and groom after their wedding day. This is especially true if you are friends of the couple. However, in most cases the bride and groom are not liable for the injuries you sustained if a third party was present. In the above mentioned incident, the rental company was at fault for the dance floor installation. Additionally after further discovery we found that the rental company actually knew of the issue and was told by other individuals who rented the dance floor of the potential for injury. However, in order to cut costs and save money the rental company failed to make the changes. As a result our client sustained injuries to his knee, face and had extensive dental damage. Additionally the rental company had insurance coverage for the accident, which allowed us to pursue a claim. In fact most venues, whether it is a hotel or any space will require ALL the vendors to have letters of indemnification and show proof of insurance.  More information see our Premises Liability Laws Page. As a result you will be able to pursue a claim against the insurance policies of the at fault party, without ever involving the bride and groom.

Common Types of Accident in Weddings

There are few common types of accidents from these types of events. First, you have trip and fall accidents which occur often. This happens when the wiring from lighting equipment is not properly secured or fastened. Or when the equipment is generally not properly fastened. This will cause injury to unsuspecting guests. Second, we see a number of accidents happen from slippery surfaces. Third, we see a number of accidents happen from stage collapse at weddings. If the wedding party rushes the stage it can cause it to collapse if the weight is significant.

In addition to these incidents, broken chair or chair collapse incidents are also very common. Falling off a broken chair in a wedding can unfortunately result in significant harm. These incidents can result in a number of injuries, including but not limited to the following: head injuries; neck injuries; back injuries; spinal cord injuries; fractures; joint injuries; lacerations. These are all potential injuries that can occur from the negligence of the people charged with setting up the event. If you have been hurt know your rights. You might have grounds to sue the negligent property owner. For more information about your right to sue, do not hesitate to contact the expert attorneys at our law firm as soon as possible.

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More about Other Possible Accidents at Wedding Venues

Without a doubt, there are many other incidents besides slip and fall accidents that can occur at wedding venues. These incidents include the following:

  • Assault and battery – assault and battery at a wedding can occur due to a number of reasons, one of the most common being a lack of on-site security or properly trained security. If you were beaten up during a wedding, you could definitely have grounds to sue.
  • Sexual assault – unfortunately, sexual assault is also a very common incident that could occur at wedding venues. Whether it was rape, attempted rape, or any other sexual abuse, the incident could be strictly caused by the dangerous conditions at the venue. Some examples of the dangerous conditions that could contribute to sexual assault include a lack of security, poorly trained security, negligently hired security, isolated areas, etc.
  • Falling object incidents – wedding venues often have things hanging from ceilings or fixed on walls, for instance. Any item, like chandeliers, drapery, ceiling fans, light fixture, etc. that is not properly installed or that has not been properly maintained can result in a falling object incident.

Compensation and Average Case Value

If your wedding venue accident claim is successful, you could be entitled to recover compensation for some of the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal costs

How much compensation could you recover? How much can your accident claim be worth? What is the average case value of wedding venue accident claims? The specific amount of compensation that you recover will always be based on the details surrounding the specific lawsuit. Although evaluating past case values can definitely help better understand the possible value of your claim, it is important to note that past case values can be misleading because cases can be so different from one another.

To ensure that you are not misled, it is important that you review cases similar to yours – similar incident and/or similar injuries. In general, the average value of accident cases with moderate injures can reach up to $350,000. Cases with severe injuries can reach and sometimes surpass $1 million dollars. It is also important to note that only an experienced accident attorney can really determine the value of your claim – you should find legal help as soon as possible.

Time to Settle a Wedding Venue Accident Claim?

How long does it take to settle a wedding injury accident case? Here at our law firm, we aim to settle injury claims within six to eight months. However, we are always straightforward with our clients and let them know that their claims can take much longer to settle – of course, based on the details surrounding their claims. Issues are very normal during the legal process; unfortunately, said issues could delay the settlement process significantly. Although most claims with minor to moderate issues can be settled within 18 months, it is possible for claims to actually take two years or more to reach a settlement. For more information about how long it could take to settle your case, do not hesitate to contact our experts today.

DTLA Law Group – Here to Help

Whether you suffered a wedding slip and fall, wedding trip and fall, or any other incident, our lawyers can help you. Our experts are experienced in wedding accident cases, including broken chair in a wedding injury cases. We have decades of experience representing victims and helping them recover the compensation that they are owed. If you are ready to discuss your claim with the wedding accident attorneys at our law firm, contact us today. We offer free legal services (both free consultations and free second opinions), meaning that you will have access to all the information that you need to begin or continue your claim without having to pay any upfront legal fees. We also work on a strict contingency structure, so you will not have to pay anything until you win; if your case in unsuccessful, you will not be responsible for paying any legal expenses.

Wedding Venues in the Los Angeles Area

Some of the most popular wedding venues in the Los Angeles area include the following:

  • 1880 Union Hotel
  • Albertson Wedding Chapel
  • Banquet Hall Salon Oaxaca
  • Carondelet House
  • City Club LA
  • Glenoaks Ballroom
  • Guadalupe Wedding Chapel
  • Hangar 21
  • Hollywood Banquet Hall
  • Honeypot
  • Knollwood Country Club
  • L.A. River Studios
  • Long Beach Museaum of Art
  • Los Angeles Athletic Club
  • Maravilla Gardens
  • MountainGate Country Club
  • SmogShoppe
  • Taglyan Cultural Complex
  • The Belasco
  • The Ebell of Los Angeles
  • The Fig House
  • The Majestic Downtown
  • The Wiltern
  • Vibiana

These are just some of the many wedding venues in our area. Did your accident occur at any of the venues listed above? If so, you might have grounds to sue. It is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible to explore the legal options available to you after your accident. Do not hesitate to contact our experts today.

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