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How To Get Fair Compensation After Being Hit By A Parking Lot Attendant

Drivers in downtown Los Angeles often use the service of a valet or parking lot attendant as they visit restaurants, stores, and office buildings. It appears to be a very welcome benefit that saves you time. Just exit your vehicle and know that a trained professional will relocate it to a safe and secure parking space until you return. But you never think about the potential for life-changing or even life-threatening injuries if a parking lot attendant hits you with a car in Los Angeles. Even at slow parking lot speeds, the impact of a moving vehicle can be catastrophic. And as the victim of such a harrowing incident, you need to know whom you can trust to help secure a fair settlement for your injuries and loss.

The personal injury experts at DTLA Law have decades of combined experience defending our client’s rights. We work to ensure that you receive full compensation under California law for your injuries and other losses resulting from being hit by a valet in a Los Angeles parking lot.

Your Health And Safety Are Paramount

As with any incident that involves being hit by a car, your safety should always be your priority. Even if you suspect your injuries are minor, seek immediate medical assistance to evaluate any visible or potential injuries thoroughly. It is vital for anyone hit by a parking lot attendant to understand that they could be suffering from shock and a potential adrenaline rush as their body tries to compensate for the sudden trauma.

Shock can appear as:

  • irregular breathing
  • a rapid pulse
  • profuse sweating
  • fatigue
  • thirsty
  • anxiety
  • nausea
  • confusion

These are just some of the more common indications of shock. The equally important point to remember is that shock and adrenaline can mask the pain of injuries sustained when you are hit by a parking lot attendant with a car. An evaluation by a medical professional is the only way to know that you have no severe injuries or to begin treating your injuries properly.  

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The wise choice is always to call 911 or ask a witness to call 911 if you have been struck by a parking lot attendant in a vehicle. Depending on the speed and size of the car that hit you, your injuries could include:

  • broken bones
  • soft tissue strains, sprains, tears, or other damage
  • nerve damage
  • neck, back, or spinal cord injuries
  • head trauma, brain injury, or concussion
  • internal organ damage
  • internal bleeding
  • burns or lacerations leading to scarring and disfigurement

Always request immediate medical treatment to ensure that you are protecting your health and ability to make the fullest recovery possible from your injuries sustained from being hit by a parking lot attendant in a car.

Estimating The Value Of Your Case

The dollar value of your settlement after a parking lot attendant hits you with a car varies based on the severity of your injuries. If your injuries are less severe, the range is commonly near $15,000 to $25,000. However, more complex injuries, loss of wages, or long-term disability can escalate the settlement amount well into a six-figure to the seven-figure range. Your DTLA Law team will be able to provide a more accurate estimate of the value of your case after discussing the details of the incident at your free initial consultation.

When To Expect Your Settlement To Be Completed

As with the dollar amount of a settlement, the time needed to complete the process varies. The details of the case and the severity of your injuries will impact the settlement timeframe. Some cases can be settled in just weeks or months, while others require years to reach the completion of the process. In the instance of being struck by a car driven by a parking lot attendant, there is an added complexity in establishing responsibility and proving fault. Fortunately, the National Parking Association requires members to carry at least $5 million in general and $1 million in legal liability coverage. These significant amounts are vital when a valet or parking lot attendant causes damage to property or injury to a person on the property. And the experts at DTLA Law are always well prepared to take on the sometimes sizeable legal team representing a commercial property owner to ensure that your rights as a victim are protected.

When To Contact DTLA Law

In California, a victim injured when a parking lot attendant struck them with a car has two years to file a lawsuit. However, it is essential to understand that the sooner you begin working with the team at DTLA Law, the stronger your case will be against the parking lot owner or the company employing the parking lot attendant or valet.

Our team of experts understands that you have suffered a traumatic event and are physically and emotionally suffering. However, we ask that you contact our office as soon as you are able to discuss the details of the incident. The sooner our team begins gathering evidence that includes witness statements, images of the parking facility, and the incident, the faster we can request a settlement from the responsible parties. In addition, our staff needs to document as many details as you can recall about the accident before your memories begin to fade.

It is also imperative that victims understand the added complexity of undertaking a lawsuit against a business rather than an individual. For example, if a driver strikes you in their personal vehicle, the claim is often quickly passed along to the vehicle owner’s insurance company to process a settlement. However, when a professional valet or parking lot attendant is driving the car that struck you, the business’s legal team and insurance company quickly become involved. Both work vigorously to minimize the severity of your injuries and, therefore, the possible settlement amount. Fortunately, your team at DTLA Law is well prepared to fight for your legal right to fair and full compensation for your injuries when a parking lot attendant hits you with a car.

What Is Included In Full Compensation?

When a pedestrian is struck by a parking lot attendant with a car, there is more to consider when calculating compensation than medical care expenses. The formula to determine the complete payment can include:

  • medical expenses, including current and possible future medical care needed as a result of the injuries sustained
  • lost wages from missed work due to the injuries and treatment for the injuries
  • pain and suffering due to the injuries sustained

Additional amounts could be included if there is long-term or permanent disability due to the injuries or if they alter your quality of life in the future. Only after a lengthy discussion of your case and evaluation of your injuries and loss can a genuine estimate of a settlement amount be formed.

Always Seek Expert Legal Advice From DTLA Law

It is not uncommon for the parking lot owner or a representative of the company or their insurance company to offer a fast settlement to a victim. After a parking lot attendant hits you with a car, you are sure to be worried about expenses and the time needed to heal from the injuries you sustained. So that rapid offer of a cash settlement can appear appealing. However, never be too quick to accept a payoff after you have suffered injuries. The valet or parking lot owner’s representative is only working for their client’s best interest. And it is crucial for you also to have skilled and well-qualified legal representation.

The team at DTLA Law will take your case and work with your best interest at heart. As our client, we will protect your legal rights and financial future. Only after a thorough examination of your injuries, financial losses, and potential future expenses are evaluated will we entertain a settlement amount on your behalf. In addition, we provide all of our expertise and services to you at no cost until we secure a settlement for your injuries sustained when you were struck by a car driven by a parking lot attendant. Only after you have been compensated for your injuries and losses do we get paid for our services.

Even if you have spoken to another firm but are unsatisfied with their evaluation of your case, the DTLA Law team is here to offer you a free second opinion. We will provide you with an honest assessment and recommendation of how to move forward to secure the settlement you are due for the injuries and suffering you have endured. Our team of experts has secured over $500,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we are eager to help you secure the compensation you need to move forward with your life after this life-altering incident.

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