Collapsed Façade at a Temple City Strip Mall Leaves 6 Trapped – Premise Liability Lawyers
On May 25, 2022, the façade of a strip mall in Temple City collapsed, leaving 6 people trapped for over an hour in two businesses. The collapse of the façade occurred soon after 4 p.m. at the strip mall located on the 9400 block of East Las Tunas Drive. Reportedly, a 50-foot-long part of the building fell; this trapped 5 people in a salon and 1 person in a dry cleaners.
Luckily, no one was injured. The authorities had to remove the debris before the 6 individuals who were trapped inside could exit. Two of the people inside the businesses described the moments leading up to the building collapse as feeling similar to an earthquake.
The cause of the building collapse remains under investigation.
This incident highlights something that has proven to be a reoccurring issue – the condition of strip malls is often substandard and innocent parties are likely to suffer harm because of these unsafe conditions.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an accident at a strip mall – whether it was a façade collapse, a ceiling collapse, a slip and fall, a trip and fall, etc. – you might have grounds to file a lawsuit against the property owner. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including premise liability claims against the owners of strip malls. You can trust that our lawyers can provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim and fight for your right to a fair settlement. For more information about your legal options, contact us today.
Strip Mall Façade Collapse – Possible Injuries
Luckily, there were no injuries reported in the incident discussed above. This was because there was no one immediately under the façade. If the strip mall would have been busy, things might have been very different.
Possible injuries include the following:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
- Nerve damage
- Joint injuries
- Scrapes and bruises
The collapse of a façade can potentially lead to critical and even fatal injuries.
Strip Mall Property Owners
Strip malls are pretty unique in that the owner doesn’t usually conduct any business on the premises. On the contrary, the owner of the strip mall rents or leases the business spaces within the property. As long as these property owners are getting their payment, they are really not that interested in what happens on the property. Of course, the business owners renting out these spaces have to keep their space safe and free of hazards, but there are hazards – like structural hazards – that they cannot address on their own and must be directly addressed by the owner of the strip mall.
Other Possible Incidents
In addition to the collapse of facades, there are many other incidents that can occur on the premises of strip malls which can be directly caused by the negligence of the strip mall owner. These possible incidents include the following:
- Roof collapses
- Slip and falls caused by leaking air conditioning units
- Trip and falls in parking lots caused by broken concrete, exposed rebar, potholes, etc.
- Falling object incidents associated with defective doors
These are just a few examples of the different incidents that can happen at strip malls.
Your Right to Sue based on Premise Liability
Do you have the right to sue for the harm that you sustained in an incident at a strip mall? Yes – you could have grounds to sue the owner of the strip mall. Your right to sue is based on the concept of premise liability, which establishes that property owners have a duty to keep their entire premises safe for guests and free of any hazards that could contribute to accidents. When property owners fail to identify and address hazards on their premises they can contribute to incidents and be liable for any resulting harm.
What does this mean? This means that you could have grounds to sue the owner of a strip mall for the harm resulting from an accident on their premises. For more information about your right to sue, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Your Right to Recover Compensation
You could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
Of course, the type and amount of compensation that you could recover will be strictly based on the details surrounding your lawsuit. When you allow the experts here at our law firm to handle your claim, you can trust that our lawyers will aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available. For more information about what you could recover, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
The Statute of Limitations
If you fail to file your lawsuit on time, you could lose your right to sue. This is because all claims are subject to a statute of limitations which determines the time that claimants have to file their lawsuits. How long do you have to file your claim against the owner of the strip mall? In California, injury claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that you have only two years to sue. Of course, it is possible for certain exceptions to apply based on the details of your claim. To ensure that you file your claim on time, it is essential that you act promptly and start working with an injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our personal injury lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to take legal action after your accident and fight for your right to a fair settlement. Our lawyers have decades of experience and are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to win.
We are proud to offer free legal services – including free consultations and free second opinions. Whether you want to start your claim or redirect your claim after starting it elsewhere, you can trust that our lawyers will provide you with the guidance that you need to proceed with your claim. Our injury attorneys are ready to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to win. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will never pay upfront legal costs. Additionally, we work on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you simply will not pay.
If you are ready to discuss your legal options after a strip mall accident with the experts at our firm, contact us today.