Parties and get-togethers are rife with accidents, no matter what time of year or who is present. When these parties happen at large homes or mansions, there is less supervision and more chances for accidents to happen. The amount of house parties that occur means that there are many injuries and incidents within, but few people pursue rightful compensation if they were hurt because of the fault of another party. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, can ensure that you are appropriately compensated if you were injured at a house party in Los Angeles.
Types of Accidents at House Parties
House parties have become very common in the quarantine and lockdown era, but they have always been a way for people to get together and hang out. The issue is that many individuals do not take necessary safety precautions to protect guests. Further, these parties may not be limited to just friends; some companies throw large parties at mansions, while some other individuals simply rent out homes so they can have festivities. Some of the accidents and incidents that can happen at private parties or mansion parties in LA include:
Slip and fall accidents due to torn carpeting, slippery floors, lack of handrails near steps, holes in the ground, and more
Security assaults in which security guards cause harm to guests
Assault and battery cases where fights break out or individuals are harmed for no apparent reason
Sexual assault and rape, in which individuals are harassed or violated in seclusion at events
Alcohol related incidents, such as allowing guests to drive home when they’re had too much to drink, allowing inebriated individuals to continue to imbibe, not getting help for individuals with signs of alcohol poisoning, and more
Some of the types of injuries that can occur include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Closed head injuries
It is crucial that you take appropriate legal action if you were injured at any private house parties in Los Angeles. Your expenses can be fully covered by the homeowner’s insurance.
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How to File a Lawsuit against a Property Owner
Property owners must ensure that all people on the property are protected or are not in danger. There are three classes of visitors who can be present on properties; they are invitees, or customers who are present for a mutual purpose; licensees, or social guests; or trespassers, or individuals with no legal right to be on the property at all. Invitees are afforded the highest duty of care, but licensees are not far behind. They must not be exposed to potential harms. Trespassers must also not be deliberately harmed or have traps set for them, even though they are not allowed on the property. Guests at parties are considered licensees.
Premises liability law and lawsuits are slightly different from personal injury claims. Negligence is the root of both, but while there are four points that must be shown in normal claims, premises liability has three potential scenarios that can be used. Only one of these situations must be established as true:
The property owner knew there was a hazard or problem on the property and did nothing to fix it, or he provided no warnings to the individuals on the property
The property owner caused the hazard on the property
The property owner was not aware of any incidents or hazards, but he reasonably should have been if he were attentive
No matter what kind accident you were in at a house party or what kind of injuries you suffered, it is crucial that you establish the negligence of the homeowner and that you acquire evidence. However, the most important facet is your health. It is crucial that you go to the hospital for medical treatment as quickly as possible. You will need medical records, test results, treatment summaries, receipts, insurance billing papers, prescriptions, and more to prove the extent of your injuries. It is very important that you do not hesitate to go to the doctor or postpone your treatment. If you wait too long, your injuries may get worse and your health could suffer. Additionally, a long gap between the injury and the treatment can be a red flag to the insurance agent handling the case. He may doubt that you were seriously hurt in the incident, or he can claim that you were actually injured elsewhere.
You should take pictures if possible of your injuries as soon as you can to illustrate how severe they were before they begin to heal or are treated. You can also take pictures of the scene of the accident, any responsible parties, any hazards, the property, and more.
Because the incident occurred at a party, there were likely eyewitnesses who saw the incident happen. You can add their statements and testimonies to your claim.
You should contact the police if you were assaulted, as they can conduct an investigation and they will file a report that you can use in your claim.
You will need the contact information of the homeowner, such as his phone number, email address, insurance details, and more. This will allow you to file a claim against the proper party.
Once you’ve gathered your evidence, you should reach out to a skilled personal injury lawyer who can file your premises liability claim for you, or who is able to take on assault cases. We will do everything in our power to negotiate a fair deal for you. You should not have to worry about taking on these legal issues – your focus should on your health and your recovery.
Compensation from an Accident at a Party
You could potentially receive a large settlement from a homeowner’s insurance agency if you were hurt while attending a house party of some kind. The value of your case is largely determined by the insurance agent handling it, though. He will consider the injuries you suffered and measure how severe they were, the impact they had on your daily life and future life, the impact they had on your career and ability to work, the level of responsibility or fault you had in the incident, and much more. He will then make you an offer based on his findings. Insurance agents generally want to protect their profits and do not want to award settlements, especially if the settlements are large. They often wait a few weeks or months before they make contact with you to talk about the claim. The initial offer will likely be very small. Their tactics are meant to drag you along and make you desperate until you accept whatever they offer you. Our lawyers will relentlessly negotiate until we are satisfied with the result. We will strive to win you the following damages:
Medical bills from the past and future for any hospitalization, surgery, prescription drugs or medication, physical rehabilitation, and more
Missed income if you were unable to return to work in the past or in the future, which can include benefits, tips, commissions, bonuses, and more
Property damage if your personal items and belongings were lost in the incident or if they must be repaired or replaced, such as jewelry, cell phones, and more
Pain and suffering damages to account for mental anxiety, fear, PTSD, psychological trauma, and more
Punitive damages if the responsible party were grossly negligent or intentionally tried to harm you, but these damages are difficult to win and are often viewed as excessive, so only a skilled lawyer will be able to secure them for your claim
Statute of Limitations to Sue a Property Owner for Injuries
The statute of limitations is the time during which you can legally file a lawsuit to pursue compensation. If you fail to sue within this time period, your claim will expire and you will be unable to receive any restitution in the future. It is imperative that you act quickly – not only do you run the risk of missing out on restitution, but the longer you wait, the more likely it is that your evidence will get lost or will become corrupted. Further, some eyewitnesses may move or not remember important details about the event and incident, which can be a big blow to your claim.
Generally, California’s statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of the injury. There are ways that the statute of limitations can be extended, though. For instance, minors cannot legally sue unless a parent or legal guardian does so on their behalf, so the statute of limitations will not begin to count down until they turn 18 years old. Additionally, anyone who is left incapacitated after the incident, such as someone left in a coma, can wait until he returns to health before the statute runs. Additionally, the defendant must be present in California; if he has left the state or vacated the country, the statute won’t count down until he returns.
You can ensure that you adhere to the statute of limitations for your personal injury or assault claim if you come to our law firm. Many times, victims fail to get the coverage or compensation they need because they do not know that there is a statute of limitations on their cases. They end up trying to file too late or they remain unaware of a deadline. With our help, you will not miss any important dates. Our attorneys are efficient and punctual, and we will never let the deadline on your claim expire.
Why Choose Us
Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, has handled hundreds of personal injury lawsuits over the years. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience, and together we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for victims of accidents. We are aggressive in our pursuit of justice and we are dedicated to every client who comes to us with a case.
Call today for a free legal consultation to discuss your claim. We’ll wake you through the legal process, tell you what we believe your case is worth, and more. All consultations are totally confidential, so no private information or case details will be shared elsewhere.
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To sue a property owner because you were injured at a house party in Los Angeles, contact the Downtown LA Law Group today.
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