The Possible Injuries Suffered in Slip and Fall AccidentsSlip and fall accidents can cause a number of injuries. Most people associate slip and fall accidents with only minor injuries; however, slip and fall accidents can be severe and cause significant, and sometimes, life-threatening injuries. The specific type and severity of injuries suffered will always depend on the details of the incident. Some of the possible injuries that victims of slip and fall accidents could suffer include the following: head injuries; traumatic brain injuries; neck injuries; back injuries; spinal cord injuries; broken bones; hip injuries; hand/wrist injuries; foot/ankle injuries; sprains; strains; nerve damage; torn ligaments; lacerations; bruises. If you suffered a combination of any of the injuries mentioned above, it is possible that different aspects of your life have been impacted. Regardless of how your injuries have impacted different aspects of your life, you must be aware that you might have grounds to take legal action for the harm that you suffered.
Leaking Air Conditioners are Common Causes of Slip and Fall AccidentsBy far, leaking air conditioners are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents. A lack of maintenance or even a product defect could result in a leak in air conditioners. Without the proper attention, leaks (which represent significant hazards for slip and fall accidents) could quickly cause an unsuspecting party to suffer harm. Whether the leak is caused by a defective HVAC unit or the lack of attention (or maintenance) that specific parties should be giving to address/prevent leaks, innocent people can be harmed.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.Part of the reason why slip and falls due to air conditioning leak are so common is that air conditioners are everywhere – in supermarkets, shopping centers, hotel rooms, and even the apartments that many of us call home. Consider the following information:
SupermarketsEveryone goes to supermarkets – sometimes multiple times per week. We purchase the groceries that we need to feed ourselves and feed our families. Many people go to different supermarkets looking for better deals. Supermarkets are generally air-conditioned. Besides air conditioning providing customers with a comfortable environment to do our shopping, air conditioning also keeps the supermarket at a steady temperature which can be essential for the products in the store (many are sensitive to temperature). In supermarkets, the employees, the managers, the supervisors, and especially the property owners, have the duty to ensure that there are no hazards on the premises that could result in any sort of incident or harm to innocent parties. In many cases, the changes in shifts and the busyness of the supermarket could all get in the way of employees, managers, supervisors, and property owners identifying and addressing hazardous leaks. In most cases, however, the failure to identify and address hazards is simply due to negligence.
Shopping CentersShopping centers, like supermarkets, are constantly filled with people – people eager to shop. No one is willing to shop in stores that are uncomfortably warm; therefore, air conditioning systems are essential. In shopping centers, people are constantly moving – walking from one store to the next. Indoor and outdoor shopping centers alike have an excess of foot traffic. In most cases, shoppers are focused on the products they are looking at buying. They are not looking out for any hidden leaks anywhere; after all, there should be no hazards anywhere in shopping centers. In shopping centers, like supermarkets, property owners, property managers, store owners, store managers, employees, and all staff members in general, have the duty to ensure that shopping centers remain free of any hazards that could put shoppers at risk of suffering any sort of accident, including slip and fall accidents. However, the negligence of these parties can contribute to the slip and fall accidents that shoppers suffer.
Hotel RoomsFor work trips or family vacations, hotel rooms are constantly booked. The hospitality industry is one of the largest and most powerful industries. Hotel owners, managers, supervisors, and all employees have the duty to ensure that their hotel rooms (and the entire premises) are free of any hazards. To ensure that hotel rooms remain safe for hotel guests, staff must constantly inspect hotel rooms and address any hazards that they identify. If any hotel guests report any existing hazards, the staff is responsible for quickly addressing the hazard to prevent any future guests from being harmed. The influx of hotel guests and the need to quickly accommodate guests can result in hotel staff neglecting to perform their duties. Although hotel rooms might look hazard-free (staff focuses on ensuring that hotel rooms look acceptable for guests), many hazards, such as leaking air conditioners, could go ignored. These leaks can be nearly impossible for guests to notice, putting them at significant risk. Again, the negligence of hotel staff can directly contribute to the instances of guests suffering slip and fall accidents.
ApartmentsMost apartments are air conditioned. Some apartments are air-conditioned by the landlord while others are air conditioned by the tenants. When apartments are air conditioned by landlords, it is the responsibility of the landlords to ensure that the air conditioning system is maintained (usually, tenants are only responsible for replacing filters) and not posing any hazards. If landlords are aware of an air conditioning leak in their property, they must immediately take action. If the air conditioner was installed by the tenant, the tenant will take on this responsibility; they must take immediate action whenever they become aware of a hazardous leak. What if you own the apartment? If you own the apartment in which you are living, it is likely your responsibility to take on these tasks. As soon as you become aware of a leak, you must take immediate action. If you fail to take any action to address a leak coming from your air conditioning system, you could put your friends, family, and any visitors that lawfully enter your property at risk of suffering a slip and fall accident.
Understanding Premise LiabilityBased on premise liability, property owners have the duty to ensure that their property – their entire premise – remains free of any hazards that could pose a severe risk of injury for any guests that lawfully enter the premise. Since property owners have this duty of care, they must actively inspect the premises with the goal of identifying and addressing any hazards before their guests are injured. When property owners fail to address hazards present on their premises, they are breaching their duty of care towards their guests and putting them at risk of injury. As soon as a breach of duty causes a slip and fall accident that results in injuries to an innocent party, the property owner (or other party in charge) could face liability for all the harm suffered. Liability is based on negligence. When parties negligently breach their duty of care towards others, they put others in danger and could directly contribute to slip and fall accidents. If you would like to learn more about premise liability in relation to the slip and fall accident that you suffered, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible. Our lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to understand premise liability and how it affects your situation.
Can I Sue?If the slip and fall accident that you suffered was caused by a breach of duty or the negligent actions of another party, you will likely have grounds to sue. Your right to sue is based on premise liability. With the appropriate evidence, your slip and fall claim could reach a successful claim outcome. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you could recover monetary compensation. Although every slip and fall claim is different, some of the compensation that could be recovered includes the following:
Who do I Sue?Who can you sue for the slip and fall accident that you suffered? Who can you sue for your slip and fall injuries? The answer to these questions depend on the specific details of your slip and fall accident – specifically, the location of the accident. If your accident occurred in a supermarket, for example, the store or the property owner (many store locations are leased) could be liable; therefore, you could sue either the supermarket or the property owner. If your accident occurred in a shopping center, determining who to sue might be more complex. If your accident occurred in the “common areas” of the shopping center (not inside the store), the property owner could be liable and, therefore, sued. However, if the slip and fall accident occurred inside a store, either the property owner or the store could be liable – depending on the circumstance. In hotels, liability is typically clear, so determining who to sue is not complicated. Liability for slip and fall accidents in hotel rooms generally falls onto hotel owners; therefore, if your accident was in a hotel room, you could sue the hotel owner. What about accidents in apartments? Who can be sued? If you are renting the apartment and the landlord is responsible for all maintenance, your landlord could be liable, so you could sue him or her. However, if your landlord-tenant agreement makes it clear that you are responsible for the maintenance of the air conditioner, things will be different. In specific, you might be unable to sue for any injuries that you suffer; instead, you might be sued for any of the injuries that your guests suffer. What if none of the parties mentioned above seem to be liable? What if the air conditioner was defective? If the air conditioner was defective, there is no way that any property owners or other parties could have done anything differently to avoid the incident. In these cases, the companies that negligently make defective air conditioning systems available to consumers could be held liable, meaning that you could sue a company for the harm suffered associated with their defective air conditioning system.
Learn more about your legal options by chatting with a representative now.If you would like to learn more about who you could sue for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered due to a leaking air conditioner, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible.