Hand sanitizer has become omnipresent in an effort to get people to be more health-conscious and to stop the spread of germs of disease. By constantly sanitizing your hands after coming into contact with unknown surfaces, you eliminate many chances for people to become sick. However, the sanitizer can spill, resulting in dangers and hazards to those nearby. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, can ensure that you are paid the compensation you need if you were hurt in a spilled hand sanitizer accident.
Injuries from Hand Sanitizer Slip and Fall Accidents
Many hand sanitizer slip and fall accidents happen because customers or other individuals use the hand sanitizer and it spills, but no one notices it on the floor. This is especially tricky if the hand sanitizer is clear and is not visible on the tile. Hand sanitizer can spill in bathrooms, at cash registers, in aisles, and more. It is very easy for someone to slip and fall. Some of the injuries that can result from these accidents include:
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Facial damages
- Broken bones
- Hip injury
- Neck injury
- Leg injury
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Herniated disc
If you were injured, it is crucial that you take appropriate action to pursue compensation for your damages.
Premises Liability Information
All property owners have a duty of care to all guests who enter their premises. Owners and managers must take care not to harm the guest or potentially expose him to any harm. There must be no hazards present; one such hazard is spilled hand sanitizer, and it can be made worse by the fact that some employees in a store might not know that it has spilled.
Guests on properties can be considered one of three things. They may be invitees, such as customers; they are afforded the most care and should always be protected. They cannot know what kinds of dangers are present. The guests may also be licensees, or social guests. They have a high duty of care as well, but they can reasonably be expected to know if there are certain hazards or dangers. Finally, there could be trespassers, who have no legal right to be on the property at all; they could be present in the store after it’s closed, for example, via breaking in. Still, property owners cannot set traps or anything for these individuals.
In order to file a premises liability claim, you must establish that the property owner or manager was negligent. This can be shown in one of three ways:
The owner caused the hazard on the property
The owner knew about the hazard and did nothing to fix it, such as by mopping the floor, or did not provide any warnings to customers
The owner was not aware of any issues but should have known, or his employees should have been attentive enough to fix the problem
If you wish to sue a store for a spilled hand sanitizer slip and fall accident, you will need legal help. But first, you will need to go to the doctor. It is important that you do not hesitate or delay this visit because your injuries may actually worsen without treatment.
Compensation from a Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Your slip and fall claim will be valued by the insurance agent handling it. He will look at various factors of the case, such as how severe your injuries were, the impact they had on your daily life and career or future work capabilities, your age, your job type, whether or not you could be held accountable for the accident, and more. Some injuries may make your claim worth less than others, such as minor bruises and cuts, compared to injuries like broken bones and nerve damage. Regardless, the company should be held accountable for your damages if they were responsible for the spilled hand sanitizer. It is not fair at all if you were injured because of the negligence of an employee or business. You should not be forced to cover the debts if you were not at fault. Our lawyers will seek compensation for you for the following:
• Medical expenses from the past and future if you required surgery, had to stay in the hospital for observation or treatments, required medication and prescription drugs, had to attend physical therapy sessions to improve mobility, and more
• Lost wages from the past and future if the incident or injuries required you to miss work at any point in time; missed income can include benefits, promotions, tips, commissions, bonuses, and more
• Property damage to any personal items that were broken, lost, or had to be replaced because of the accident, like cell phone damages or lost jewelry
• Pain and suffering damages for any emotional trauma, mental scarring, psychological anguish, PTSD, fear, anxiety, and more
Your main focus after an incident should be recovery and treatment of your injuries so you can return to your life. Our lawyers will take on your case and handle it from start to finish so that you do not have to worry about legal negotiations. You should not increase your stress levels, as that could delay your return to health. You might not have necessary negotiating experience or knowledge about the law, which is all the more reason to let us help.
Statute of Limitations on Slip and Fall Claims
The statute of limitations on slip and fall lawsuits in California is two years from the date of the injury. If you fail to take legal action in this time period, your claim will be voided and you will not be able to win any damages. The company or property owner will be free from owing you restitution. Sometimes, victims fail to act within this time frame because they do not know the actual statute of limitations or they wait too long while gathering evidence. The number one reason that claims do not get filed on time is simply due to lack of awareness.
There are some ways in which the statute of limitations can be extended beyond the deadline. Your attorney can look at the circumstances of your case and determine if you are eligible for any extensions or exceptions. They include:
• Individuals who were under the age of 18 years old; minors cannot legally sue, so they can wait they turn legal age, or a parent or legal guardian can sue on their behalf prior to their birthdays
• Individuals who were left physically incapacitated or mentally unfit after the accident; they can wait until they return to awareness or viable health before suing
• Individuals involved in claims where the defendant has vacated California or the country, as he cannot be sued until he comes back, so the statute of limitations will not count down
It is highly recommended to speak with a lawyer to determine the accurate statute of limitations on your case. We will efficiently handle everything and ensure that your claim is submitted on time. You should not have to wait an inordinate amount of time to receive compensation.
The Best Firm in Los Angeles
The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the most successful legal groups in Southern California. We are highly rated and our expert attorneys have decades of combined experience. We are aggressive and know exactly how to secure you a large settlement for your injuries. If we have to take your case to court to defend you in front of a judge and jury, we will do so.
Call today for a free legal consultation. You can ask us anything you want about your case and we’ll tell you what we think it’s worth. If you hire us, we’ll also give you our zero fee guarantee. This means that you will pay nothing from start to finish, and we’ll cover any costs we accrue if we lose. If we win, our payment comes from the settlement we win.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Downtown LA Law Group to file a hand sanitizer slip and fall accident.