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Residents of California have many options when they are ready to retire to a facility that will offer added care or assistance when they need it. If you or a loved one are looking for a retirement center or community, you will quickly discover there are over 4,500 facilities that could offer assistance to older residents. However, what you might not learn as you research these facilities that claim to cater to older residents is that there is an alarming number of retirement center falls each year. It has been determined that over half a million older residents in California fall at least once each year. That comes to over 12% of the elderly population, many of whom live in retirement centers.

If you or an elderly loved one has recently suffered a fall while at a retirement center, please know that you do not need to face the challenges and financial hardships of this tragedy alone. The exceptional legal team at DTLSA Law Group is here to help you sort out the legal and monetary issues you could face due to a retirement center fall. Our staff can be reached 24/7 and is ready to answer your questions and help you understand your rights as a personal injury accident victim.

In addition, we hope you will take advantage of our generous offer for a free consultation with a skilled and seasoned retirement center fall attorney to discuss the details of your case. Once they have all the facts, they will provide a comprehensive evaluation of the legal merit of your claim and advise you if you have grounds for a retirement center fall injury lawsuit. Along with that information, they will explain how long you have to make your choice about taking legal action to ensure your case is filed with the court before the Statute of Limitations expires. Please reach out to our team today to ensure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve for the retirement center fall injuries you suffered.

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Understanding The Statute Of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations is a law that applies to all lawsuits, regardless of the legal matter involved. It defines how long a victim has to file a lawsuit with the court. While the time allotted can vary based on the legal matter, once the time limit provided has passed for any case, the victim permanently losses the right to seek justice and compensation for their losses from that incident. So, it is essential that all victims seek legal guidance and clearly understand how long they have to decide if they will take legal action to ensure their case is filed before time expires. It is also crucial to know that there are few exceptions to this law, so it is best to consider the Statue of Limitations non-negotiable.

In cases involving a retirement center fall, the victim is given two years from the date of the incident to file a claim with the court against the facility where the fall occurred. Victims are advised to contact DTLA Law Group as soon as possible after their fall to ensure they understand their rights, do not sign any documents that could limit their rights, or fail to consider the time needed to properly prepare a retirement center fall injury lawsuit. The sooner you contact our experts, the faster we can have your case completed and the compensation you need in your hands to cover your medical costs and other expenses.

What Causes So Many Seniors To Fall Each Year?

Many elderly residents in the state face declining health or some issues that add a level of difficulty to their daily activities and mobility. These conditions can be due to physical challenges or are created as side-effects of essential medication they may be using. But the results from both can include:

  • Stability issues
  • Dizziness
  • Diminished sight or blurred vision
  • An uneven gait
  • Lack of strength in legs, arms, and lands
  • Foot or leg conditions
  • Back and spine challenges

While these issues can appear minor, when they are accompanied by other challenges that could have been avoided, the victim often suffers a fall that could cause severe injuries. These very preventable issues an elderly person could face in their retirement center can include:

  • Water or other liquids spilled on the floor but not cleaned up
  • Ice dropped on the floor and left to melt into a hard to see puddle
  • Missing or damaged floor mats
  • Saturated floor mats oozing water
  • Loose or broken handrails
  • Damaged or broken steps
  • Loose or damaged flooring surfaces
  • Food dropped on the floor and not properly cleaned up, leaving a slippery area
  • Clothing or linens dropped on the floor but not picked up
  • Litter or small pieces of paper left on the floor
  • Electrical cords or hoses left in walkways
  • Water leaking onto the floor from damaged pipes, leaking tubing, clogged drains, or malfunctioning plumbing fixtures
Injuries Commonly Sustained In A Retirement Center Fall Incident

Older residents are at a significantly greater risk of suffering severe injury from even a minor fall. Less muscle mass and aging bones make them more susceptible to severe injuries from only a small impact on the ground. Some of the more common injuries reported after a retirement center fall incident include:

  • Severe lacerations or soft tissue damage
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Damage to internal organs or internal bleeding
  • Facial injuries to the skin, mouth, teeth, nose, eyes, or ears
  • Damage to the back, neck, or spinal cord
  • Head injuries that could range from a concussion or skull fracture to a much more severe traumatic brain injury

If you suffer a fall at your retirement center, seek immediate medical care to evaluate your injuries and begin medical treatment. The sooner you are properly diagnosed, the better your odds of making a full recovery. Once you have completed your medical evaluation and treatment, please contact DTLA Law Group to learn more about how our expert staff can help you secure the compensation owed to you for the harm you suffered.

Understanding The Duty Of Care Obligation For Retirement Centers

Duty of care is a part of premise liability law that was created to ensure the safety of guests on any public or private property. The property owner and their staff are required to provide the minimum level of care defined by these guidelines. It is also vital to understand that due to the additional needs of many elderly residents, the obligation placed on the owner of a retirement center and their staff is greater than would be expected in other settings.

Added safety features such as handrails, walk in showers, or ramps are expected in areas where the elderly would reside. There are also differences in the number of staff that might be expected in a retirement community or to supervise the activity of older residents. If the owner of a retirement center fails to meet the criteria defined in duty of care, they are said to be negligent in their duty of care. Furthermore, if that negligence is determined to have caused or contributed to a retirement center fall injury accident, the owner could be liable for the victim’s losses and expenses caused by the incident.

To learn more about how duty of care could impact your ability to sue the retirement center where you suffered a fall, please reach out to DTLA Law Group. Our staff can be reached 24/7 and will put you in contact with a skilled retirement center fall attorney to evaluate the legal merit of your claim.

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What Is The Potential Value Of My Retirement Center Fall Lawsuit?

Victims of a retirement center fall injury must know that the value of each lawsuit is independently calculated based on the losses and expenses incurred by the victim. There are no predetermined values for certain accidents or injuries. So, you will work closely with the caring legal team at DTLA Law Group to compile all the expenses to be included in your retirement center fall lawsuit compensation value. The items typically included in these cases are:

  • All current medical expenses and estimated future medical costs to treat the injuries suffered in your fall, as well as essential medical equipment, medication, and any therapy
  • The value of any personal property that was damaged or destroyed during the fall
  • Lost wages if you were unable to work until fully recovered from your injuries or you missed work to attend medical appointments related to the fall injuries
  • All legal expenses and costs associated with your retirement center fall injury lawsuit
Can I Afford To Hire DTLA Law Firm?

We hope you are pleased to learn that when you hire the expert legal team at DTLA Law Firm, there are never any upfront legal fees or expenses required. Instead, we only get paid after the case is resolved, and you have the compensation that includes funds to cover your legal costs and fees. In addition, you owe our firm nothing if we fail to win your retirement center fall lawsuit and get you the compensation needed to cover your losses and expenses.

Please make the time as soon as possible to contact DTLA Law Group to speak with an expert retirement center fall attorney. You need to understand your rights and the legal merit of your claim to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for any harm you suffered that was caused by negligence on the part of the retirement center or staff where you suffered your fall injuries.

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