In our society, it is typical for the deceased to be buried at a cemetery. In a cemetery, friends and family could visit to pay respects to the deceased. Although visiting a cemetery can be uncomfortable for many people
, it can be peaceful for many others. Whatever the case, visitors always expect to spend some time at the cemetery and then get back to their normal routine. Unfortunately, many people do not leave the premise of the cemetery in the same state in which they arrived.
Accidents at Cemeteries
Personal injury accidents
can happen at any time – including at cemeteries. The most common type of accident that could occur at cemeteries is trip and fall accident
. Uneven pavement, cracked cement, potholes in walkways, and even holes in dirt patches or grass could result in trip and falls.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding specific falls, the cemetery in which the incident occurred could be liable for the harm suffered. What does this mean?
If you suffered a trip and fall accident in a cemetery, you might have grounds to take legal action against the party or entity that contributed to the harm that you suffered. Depending on the details of your claim, you might even be eligible to recover some sort of compensation.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of filing a claim for the harm that you suffered during your visit to a cemetery, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the trip and fall experts
at Downtown L.A. Law Group
at your earliest convenience. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of claims, including trip and fall claims. Regardless of where your accident occurred, you could be certain that our experts will provide you with the information that you need to pursue your claim.
Find out more about how we can help you. Call (888) 649-7166 to speak with a representative now.
If you are ready to discuss your trip and fall injury claim with our injury lawyers, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible.
The Common Injuries Associated with Trip and Falls at Cemeteries
If you suffer a trip and fall accident at a cemetery, you could suffer a number of injuries. Some of the injuries that are commonly associated with trip and fall accidents include the following:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Skull fractures
- Facial fractures
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Rib injuries
- Hip injuries
- Punctured organs
- Arm injuries
- Leg injuries
- Knee injuries
By far, the most common injuries that could be suffered include hand/wrist injuries and foot/ankle injuries. Hand and wrist injuries during trip and fall accidents occur due to our normal reactions to falling – we try to catch ourselves. The majority of people put their arms out in front of them to break the fall; this means that the hands, wrist, and the rest of the arm receive the strongest initial impact. Foot and ankle injuries are common simply based on the nature of the incident. In trip and fall accidents, the foot usually gets caught in something. The most severe foot and ankle injuries occur when the foot gets trap in something like a pothole, for example – in which the angle of the foot and the force of the fall could cause fractures and many other types of injuries.
Regardless of the specific harm that you suffered due to the trip and fall accident, you might have grounds to take legal action – especially if the harm that you suffered could be attributed to the negligent actions of a party or entity. If you suffered a trip and fall accident at a cemetery, you might have grounds to pursue a claim; you might even have grounds to receive monetary compensation.
The Right to Sue and Receive Compensation
Do you have the right to file a claim if you suffered a trip and fall accident at a cemetery? Depending on the specific details of your accident, you might have grounds to file a claim – specifically based on premise liability. What is premise liability? What establishes your right to sue based on premise liability?
Based on premise liability, all property owners have a duty of care towards all the guests on their premises. Property owners have a duty to keep their guests safe while on their premises. This means that all property owners must actively keep their premises free of any hazards that could represent a danger to visitors. When property owners fail to keep their premises clear of any hazards, they are breaching their duty of care to their guests. Property owners even owe a duty of care to trespassers; they cannot purposely create any hazards to increase the likelihood of accidents or injuries. When property owners breach their duty of care towards their guests, they can contribute to accidents – which can directly lead to injuries. When a breached duty of care (or any hazard that should have been identified or addressed) directly results in harm, the property owner will likely be liable for all harm suffered.
What does this mean? How does this apply to the incident and the injuries that you suffered due to your trip and fall accident at a cemetery?
The owner of the cemetery, and his or her entire management team, has a duty to ensure that every part of the cemetery is safe – that the cemetery is free of any hazards that could result in incidents and harm. Therefore, if a hazard on the premises causes an incident and injuries, the cemetery owner will likely be liable.
This means that injured parties and their families will likely have grounds to sue – and even fight for the right to receive monetary compensation for the harm that they suffered. Depending on the details of your claim, you could receive compensation for all or some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Punitive damages
The type and amount of compensation that you will be eligible to receive will always depend on the specific details surrounding your claim. If you would like to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could recover if your cemetery trip and fall claim reaches a successful outcome, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers will evaluate your trip and fall claim and help you gain a thorough understanding of the compensation that you could recover. Our cemetery trip and fall injury lawyers
are ready to fight for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim.
What Should You Do?
If you were involved in a trip and fall accident at a cemetery, there are a number of things that you should do begin gathering the tools necessary to file a claim. Consider the following points:
- Take photos of all injuries suffered
- Take photos of the hazard that caused your trip and fall accident
- Report the incident (you will need to locate the appropriate office on the cemetery premises – usually near the entrance of the cemetery)
- Speak to any witnesses and gather their contact information, if possible
- Seek medical care immediately
- Seek legal assistance to begin your claim against the cemetery owner
Many people unfortunately lessen the likelihood of reaching a successful claim and recovering compensation by failing to take the appropriate action after their accidents. Even something like postponing medical attention for a few days or for a few weeks could significantly affect the possibility of reaching a successful claim outcome. If you are ever unsure of what you should do after suffering a trip and fall accident at a cemetery, you should seek legal assistance immediately for the appropriate guidance. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.
Learn more about your legal options: call (888) 649-7166 with a representative now.
Filing Your Claim on Time
All personal injury claims, such as cemetery trip and fall accidents, are subject to strict deadlines, referred to as statutes of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the specific length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If they fail to file their claim within the time allowed by the statute of limitations, they will likely lose their right to sue. What deadline applies to your trip and fall claim arising from the cemetery incident? In California, personal injury claims are generally subject to a two-year statute of limitations – meaning that claimants will only have two years to file their claims before losing their rights to sue. However, certain exceptions could apply (strictly based on the details surrounding the claim). These exceptions could result in the applicable statute of limitations being tolled or paused for a certain length of time – essentially resulting in more time to sue.
Because failing to understand the appropriate statute of limitations could result in losing the right to take any legal action, it is essential to always seek legal assistance to learn more about the deadlines that apply to your claim. For more information about the time that you have to sue, do not hesitate to contact our law firm
Cemetery Injury Lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group
If you suffered injuries at a cemetery trip and fall accident
, do not hesitate to contact the experts
at our firm at your earliest convenience. At Downtown L.A. Law Group
, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including trip and fall claims. The location of your accident doesn’t matter; our experts will hold the liable parties accountable for the harm that you suffered. Without a doubt, filing a claim could be difficult; we acknowledge this and are dedicated to guiding you every step of the way.
At our firm, we are committed to ensuring that all parties interested in pursuing a claim have access to the appropriate representation; therefore, we make our legal services available to you at no cost. Specifically, our firm offers free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns – proving you with all the information that you need to file your claim.
Our free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee
. Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our firm is also based on a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything for our legal services until after reaching a successful outcome. If you do not win, you will not be required to pay anything at all. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our law firm
at your earliest convenience.