We use doors all the time. We use doors so much that we don’t really realize the danger that they pose until after it is too late. When doors function correctly, using them is simple and risk-free. However, if the door is broken in any way, an incident can quickly occur that can result in a number of injuries.
Were you injured because of a broken door? If so, you might have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you have any questions about the legal options available to you – including whether you have the right to file a lawsuit – it is essential that you seek the guidance of an expert broken door accident lawyer as soon as possible for more information.
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including those arising from broken door incidents. Our broken door injury lawsuit lawyers are ready to evaluate your situation and help you fight for your right to sue and recover monetary compensation. If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us at your earliest convenience. Our experts are ready to help you with your claim.
Types of Broken Doors Resulting in Incidents
- Broken restroom and bathroom doors
- Broken doors in Airbnb’s, hotels, and motels, etc.
- Broken doors in office buildings
- Broken doors in residential apartment buildings and rental units
- Broken doors in schools (including public schools, private schools, colleges, and universities)
- Broken doors in medical facilities (including ER’s, hospitals, doctor’s offices, etc.)
- Broken doors in commercial locations (including malls, stores, restaurants, etc.)
All of these can potentially lead to incidents that can leave unsuspecting parties with a number of injuries. When you think of a door incident that results in injuries, you might picture revolving doors, automatic doors, glass doors, etc.; however, all types of doors can result in injuries – yes, even the regular wooden doors that are often used in residential properties.
Common Causes of Broken Door Incidents
Accidents can happen for a number of reasons. There is not one single cause that applies to all accidents. Some of the common causes of door incidents are listed below:
Causes of Door Latch Defects
- Door latch defects
- Broken screws
- Lack of maintenance
- Construction and repair at the time of the accident
- Defective door (i.e., the material is too weak, there is a design defect, manufacturing defect, etc.)
- Poor installation
One of the most common causes of door incidents, listed above, is defective door latches. A door latch is a hardware that allows the door to be fastened to the doorframe, allowing it to open and close effectively. Like any other piece of hardware, these doorlatches can be defective and fail to work properly. In many cases, the doorlatch breaks, causing the door to fall off the frame entirely. Doorlatch defects can be associated with poor manufacturing, poor design, or poor labeling (usually an issue with instructions that cause the product to be used incorrectly).
Of course, it is possible for the door latch to become defective due to normal wear and tear – in these cases, the defect can be directly attributed to a lack of maintenance.
The door broke as I was opening it. The door broke as I was closing it. The door fell on me. The door hit me on top of my head. Without a doubt, a broken door incident, whether it was caused by broken hinges or a broken door, car result in a number of injuries. Although every accident is different, common injuries include the following:
- Head injuries (concussion)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Ligament damage
- Spinal cord injuries (which can lead to paralysis)
- Lacerations (common in broken shower glass door incidents)
If you or a member of your family suffered any of these injuries in a broken door incident, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. If the incident occurred as a direct result of the broken door (whether you were struck by the door or the falling door caused you to fall, etc.), then you could have grounds to file a lawsuit for the harm that you suffered.
Understanding Negligence and Your Right to Sue
Although it is possible that the incident was caused by a defective product, whether it be a defective door or a defective doorlatch, it is actually more likely that the incident was caused by the negligence of the property owner – which most often translates into a lack of maintenance.
Is the property owner liable for the harm that you suffered? Yes – in most cases, the incident can be directly associated with the negligence of the property owner. The right to sue is based on the concept of premise liability, which establishes that all property owners owe their guests a duty of care. That is, they have a duty to ensure that their premises remain safe for their guests. This means that they must routinely inspect their premises to be able to identify and address any hazards that could lead to incidents and harm to guests – yes, this includes keeping up with maintenance and identifying any issues that can cause broken door incidents.
This means that you could sue the property owner for the harm that you suffered in a broken door incident. What if the incident occurred in an Airbnb? Typically, the property owner is still liable. In some cases, Airbnb can have some liability as well; however, it is best to discuss case-specific details with your lawyer as soon as possible.
Of course, you could also be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit if the incident was caused by a defective product.
For more information about your right to file a lawsuit after a broken door incident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to help you understand your right to sue.
What Could You Recover?
If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit for the harm that you suffered, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered. Some of the categories of compensation that could be available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
Here at our law firm, our personal injury lawyers are committed to helping you recover the maximum payout possible. You can be certain that our lawyers are ready to fight for your right to recover the settlement that you are owed. If we can’t negotiate a fair settlement, then we will go to trial to make sure that your case reaches a fair verdict.
Average Case Value
What is the average value of a broken door injury lawsuit? This is a perfectly valid question that will inevitably come up if you are thinking of filing an injury lawsuit after a broken door incident. In general, the value of a case is determined by a number of factors, including the following:
- The type of injuries suffered
- The severity of these injuries (whether they require extensive/long-term care)
- The total medical costs incurred due to the incident (past and projected)
- The way that the injury affected your ability to work and earn income
- The way the injury affected your mental and emotional wellbeing
- The way the injury affected your ability to return to a normal life
In general, cases with minor to moderate injuries can reach up to a $350,000 to $400,000 value. Although it is possible for cases to be valued much lower than this. Cases with more serious injuries can be worth up to $750,000. It is also possible for cases to settle for up to $1 million dollars.
If you have any questions about the possible value of your claim, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Here at our law firm, our experts are ready to help you understand the possible value of your claim.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you are ready to speak with a lawyer experienced in broken door injury claims, contact us today. Our lawyers are more than ready to take on your claim and help you recover the highest settlement available. We are proud to offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our experts will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. We can help you with your claim regardless of whether you are looking to start or redirect your claim.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal costs for our legal services. In addition, our firm works on contingency. Therefore, you will not be responsible for paying any legal fees unless your lawsuit is successful. If you don’t win, you simply won’t pay anything.