Were you involved in a home water slide accident? Were you injured in a defective water slide accident? Were you harmed in an inflatable waterslide accident? Regardless of how you or a member of your family suffered harm in a water slide accident, it is important for you to know that you might have grounds to pursue a claim. Can I sue the homeowner or the product manufacturers? The answer is simple; yes, you could sue.
If you would like to learn more about your right to sue for water slide accident injuries, do not hesitate to contact our Riverside water slide accident lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the representation that you need to hold the liable parties accountable for the harm that you suffered.
Water Slide Injuries
Many of us disregard the danger that water slides represent. How could something so fun lead to harm? Unfortunately, water slide accidents are very common. Victims involved in water slide accidents could suffer a variety of injuries, including but not limited to broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, severed limbs, and decapitation, for example. Although many victims survive their injuries, many others are not as lucky. Regardless of the way that you or a member of your family were harmed in a water slide accident, do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience. You might have grounds to take legal action.
Who is Liable for Water Slide Accidents?
Before being able to understand liability in water slide accident cases
, we must first have an understanding of the different causes of these incidents. For example, a lack of maintenance, hazards, issues with restraints, water slide design, and water slide installation could all contribute to an accident. In general, the reasons behind water slide accidents can be classified into one of two of the following:
When discussing liability, it is important to note that liability is based on negligence.
- A homeowner or property owner was negligent
- A designing or manufacturing company was negligent
The four elements of negligence must be present to find a party or entity liable for harm. Negligence consists of a duty of care, a breach of duty, cause, and harm. The most important thing to do is establish that a party or entity owes you (or owed a member of your family) a duty of care.
Homeowners and property owners, for example, have a duty to ensure that their property is free of any hazards that could pose a risk of injury to their visitors; this is due to premise liability
. Likewise, the companies responsible for the production of water slides have a duty to ensure that their products are free of any hazards that could pose a risk of injury to their consumers; this is based on product liability.
What does this mean? If a homeowner fails to ensure that everything on their premises (including waterslides) is free of hazards and a visitor is injured, the homeowner will likely be liable given that the victim was lawfully on the property. Likewise, if a company fails to ensure that their products (water slides) are safe for the public and a consumer is injured, the company will likely be liable given that the victim was harmed as a direct result of a defect in the product’s design, manufacturing, or labeling.
If you would like to learn more about liability and establishing liability for the water slide accident
that you suffered in Riverside, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible.
Your Right to Sue
As mentioned above, liability is based on negligence. If you suffer any sort of harm as a direct result of the negligent actions of a homeowner or a company, you will likely have grounds to pursue a claim. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you might have grounds to pursue an injury claim, a wrongful death claim, or a product liability claim. The specific type of claim that you could pursue will always depend on the details of the incident and the harm that you suffered. If you would like to learn more about your right to sue (and what type of claim you could pursue), do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Your Right to Receive Monetary Compensation
If you suffered any harm as a direct result of the negligent actions of a party or entity, you might have grounds to recover at least some sort of monetary compensation. Although recovering compensation cannot reverse the harm suffered, recovering monetary compensation can help victims and their families move forward after such a traumatic water slide accident experience. To understand how much compensation you could be eligible to recover for your claim, it is essential that you discuss your claim with an attorney.
Some of the types of compensation available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral/burial costs
- Punitive damages
If you would like to discuss the potential value of your claim with the Riverside water slide experts at our law firm, do not hesitate to contact our firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to receive compensation – you can be certain that our experts will not rest until you recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. If you would like to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could receive, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.
What Should You Do after a Water Slide Accident?
After being involved in a water slide accident, there are a number of things that you should do to ensure that you could pursue your claim. Even if you are not immediately thinking about filing a claim, you must still follow the recommended steps to ensure that you could pursue a claim if you later decide to do so. So, what should you do? What are the steps that you should follow?
In all incidents, the most important thing to do is get medical care. If you suffered injuries, it is important to get immediate treatment and that the cause of the injuries is clear. In the case of death, it is essential that the cause of death is clear. Victims and surviving family members must also take photos of all physical injuries suffered because of the accident. If the hazard that caused the accident is clear, victims and surviving family members must also photograph the hazard. It is also important for victims and their families to gather witness contact information, if there were any witnesses to the accident. If the water slide accident occurred on the property of a friend or family member, or anyone who allowed you on the property, you should collect their homeowner’s insurance information. As soon as you are able to do so, you must also seek legal assistance with an experienced attorney.
What if the harm that you suffered was caused by a defective product?
If the harm that you or a member of your family suffered was caused by a defective product, you still have to follow the recommended steps above; however, you will need to take a few additional steps to ensure that you preserve your right to sue – as product liability cases require a different approach. If the harm that you suffered was caused by a defective product, you must first contact the company to report the product defect and the harm that you suffered. You must stop using the defective product as soon as possible. You should also take photos of the defective product, ensuring that the defect is clear from many different angles (if possible).You should never tamper with the defective product (attempt to repair it) or agree to a free repair. You should also never agree to a refund or to a return (of the product back to the company). You should also gather all purchase records associated with the defective product.
Unfortunately, failure to take the appropriate action immediately after suffering harm can significantly reduce the possibility of being able to pursue a claim and fight for the right to recover compensation.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations
If you are interested in pursuing a water slide accident claim, you must ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the statute of limitations that applies to your claim. What is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitations establishes the deadline that applies to a claim. A statute of limitations ensures that claims are filed within an appropriate length of time allowing the involved parties to prove or disprove claims with the appropriate evidence. When claimants fail to file their claims within the appropriate length of time, they lose their right to sue.
To avoid losing the right to sue, it is essential that you discuss your claim with an expert and determine the deadline that applies to your claim. In California, personal injury claims and wrongful death claims are subject to a 2-year statute, meaning that claimants will only have two years to file their claims. However, many exceptions could apply. For example, if an underage victim suffers injuries parents will be able to pursue a claim within two years; however, the victim can directly file a lawsuit up to two years after becoming of age (or being emancipated).
A statute of limitations could also be tolled (paused) if the victim is determined to be mentally incompetent (in a coma, for example) or if the defendant leaves the state for some time, for example. Because many different factors could affect the statute of limitations that applies to your claim, it is essential that you speak with a lawyer immediately – do not risk your right to sue.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
After being involved in a water slide accident, it is likely that you are in need of a water slide accident lawyer. If your water slide accident occurred in Riverside or surrounding areas, you might benefit from speaking with a Riverside water slide accident lawyer. Would you like to discuss your water slide accident claim with an expert? If so, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group. At Downtown L.A. Law Group
, our firm has many years of experience handling personal injury claims and ensuring that all affected parties have access to the legal assistance that they need to recover the compensation that they deserve.
We acknowledge that many people who have been victimized in one way or another decide not to seek legal assistance because of the high cost that is typically associated with the legal process. The fear of legal expenses should not prevent anyone from taking legal action or even seeking legal assistance. Because of this, our firm offers free consultations and free second opinions. Whether you are interested in starting or continuing your Riverside water slide accident claim, you can be certain that our experts will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and ensure that you have access to all the information that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. To benefit from our free legal services, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients never have to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our law firm is also based on a strict contingency structure, meaning that our clients will only be required to pay legal costs (from the compensation they recover, not out-of-pocket) only after reaching a successful outcome and recovering compensation. If you are ready to discuss your water slide accident claim with our Los Angeles experts, do not hesitate to contact Downtown L.A. Law Group
today – we are ready to handle your claim and fight for your right to recover compensation.