Injuries are common at gas stations. When gas station operators fail to properly maintain or keep safe their property, they will be held liable for injuries which occur. Issues such as slippery surfaces, debris or defective gas station pumps can make these areas dangerous. If you find the information on this page helpful contact our offices for a free consultation.
Whether you or a member of your family were injured at a Sinclair, Shell, Exxon, Arco, Mobile, Valero, Chevron, Unocal 76, or any other gas station, you might have grounds to pursue an injury claim. Form more information about your right to sue, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are ready to handle your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. Our lawyers have many years of experience handling different types of claims, including gas station slip and fall claims. If you would like to discuss your gas station slip and fall claim with the experts at our firm, contact us today.
Gas Station Owner Liability for Accidents and Injuries
Liability for slip and fall cases generally revolves around one common factor; notice. Did the gas station have notice of the defective condition on the property? If so then for how long? The two main factors are (1) notice; and (2) length of notice.
Notice and Liability Against gas Station Owners and Operators
Notice is considered knowledge of whether the issue or defect exists on the property. Did the gas station operator know that the floor was slippery, wet, oily or defective? This is an important question which often times requires discovery. In order to establish notice we will need to determine whether the defendant-gas station operator-knew or was put on notice of the issue. Did a customer inform them? Did they notice the defect on the surveillance camera? Did they notice the issue on their own, but failed to take proper action to notify, or inform customers? These are all important questions that need to be considered. Often times the only way to determine the proper response to these questions is through discovery. Discovery is conducted after we file a claim and begin determining who was at fault for the injury. This is a powerful tool used to determine very important facts.
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Length of Notice: Length of notice is equally important to establishing liability. Once you determine notice, you must determine the length of notice. How long did the gas station attendant, owner or operator know of the condition? Was it a matter of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or years before your injury took place? If the defendant waited a substantial period of time before correcting the problem, then they will be liable. The standard of time is measured against that of a “reasonably prudent person” or in this case a “reasonably prudent gas station operator”. This is the standard used to determine negligence. If the gas station operator waited an unreasonably long period of time before correcting the defect then they will be considered negligent. How to Win My Case In Court: To establish your case for negligence you need to establishing four element; (1) duty to the injured party; (2) breach of that duty; (3) causation; and (4) damages. With regards to gas station slip and falls, you are owed a duty because of your status as a business invitee. Business invitees are those that are on the premises for some business or economic purpose, such as purchasing gas or an item from the convenience store. If the property is dangerous or a defective condition exist which is not corrected, then they will be in breach of that duty owed. Causation requires that the defective condition be the cause of the injury. The final element is damages, were you damaged? It is important to consider all of these factors before bringing a cause of action for your injuries. Consult with an experienced gas station slip and fall attorney Los Angeles.
Recovery for Injuries – Personal Injury Claim for Your Injuries
Gas station injuries can be devastating. A list of common injuries suffered as a result of Gas Station Accidents include
- Traumatic head injuries;
- Back and spine injuries;
- Damaged or dislocated shoulder;
- Broken nose;
- Traumatic eye injuries;
- Dental damage;
- Broken wrist;
- Hip injuries;
- Sprained ankle;
- Neck injuries;
- Facial lacerations
- Smoke Inhalation
- Lung Damage
You are entitled for recovery for each of these injuries. To place a value on your injuries we will need to fully understand the scope and depth of your injuries. Each type of injury requires an assessment of both current and future medical care along with pain and suffering. Our job is to maximize any award or settlement to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries. Gas station slip and fall attorneys at Downtown L.A. Law Firm fight to ensure you are taken care of for any injuries you have sustained.
Defective Gas Nozzle Injury Claim
Another common injury results from defective gas nozzles which can cause burning or other related injuries. In this type of case you can hold both the manufacturer of the nozzle along with gas station owners liable for injuries. If you have been burned or suffered vapor inhalation at a gas station it is likely the result of a faulty or defective gas nozzle. In these gases you will be able to assert that the product was defective and obtain recovery for your injuries. Defective gas nozzles are not common injuries. However, when injuries result from such defects the damage can be devastating. Plaintiff’s can suffer serious 2nd to 3rd degree burns over their body and go through intense physical and emotional pain. Determining whether a gas station nozzle is defective will require expert testimony. It is important that the attorney you select has qualified experts and understands product liability laws. Call us today to speak with one of our attorneys regarding your personal injury claim.
File Your Claim On Time
There is no doubt that you could be eligible to pursue a claim if you are harmed in a gas station incident; however, you could – unfortunately – lose your right to sue under certain circumstances. More specifically, you could lose your right to sue if you file your claim within the appropriate length of time. All claims are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to pursue their claims. If claimants fail to file their claims quickly enough, they can lose their right to sue for their injuries.
How long do you have to sue? In California, slip and fall claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, which means that claimants only have two years to sue. However, it is possible for certain exceptions to apply (that is, the deadline that applies could be tolled or paused). To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total time that you have to file your claim, contact us today.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our gas station slip and fall lawyers have many years of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims and their families. Our lawyers are ready to help you recover the compensation that you are owed. At our firm, we offer free legal services and free second opinions. During our free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Our gas station slip and fall attorneys will provide you with all the information that you need to pursue your injury lawsuit against the gas station. We also offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay upfront legal expenses. Additionally, our firm is based on contingency; therefore, our clients will never have to pay anything until after reaching a positive claim outcome.
Are you ready to discuss your gas station injury claim with the experts at our firm? If so, contact us today.