Trip and Fall due to Exposed Tree Roots
Trip and fall accidents are among the most common types of personal injury accidents. Trip and falls can happen due to a number of reasons, one of these reasons being exposed tree roots. Exposed tree roots can cause unsuspecting parties to trip and fall, potentially suffering a number of injuries. If you suffered injuries due to a trip and fall caused by exposed tree roots, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit.
In fact, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered in your trip and fall accident. For more information about your right to file a lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately – our lawyers are ready to help you.
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, we are a personal injury law firm with decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including trip and fall accident claims. Our lawyers are more than ready to take on your injury claim and help you hold the negligent property owner or city entity accountable for the harm that you suffered. If you are ready to discuss your claim with our experts and learn more about your right to sue for the harm that you suffered, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys immediately.
Exposed Tree Roots – A Common Problem
Exposed tree roots are, unfortunately, very common. Exposed tree roots can occur due to natural land erosion and overwatering, for instance. Exposed tree roots can also occur if the tree roots are too cramped underground that ultimately force the roots to the surface. If the tree is planted near sidewalks, walkways, or any sort of concrete, the tree roots will ultimately break the concrete as they become more and more exposed. Unfortunately, this can create a significant hazard both on private property and public spaces alike. Of course, this could also lead to injuries.
Slip and Fall Injury
A trip and fall due to exposed roots of a tree can quickly lead to a number of injuries, some of which could be devastating. Although every situation is different, some of the injuries that victims of trip and fall accidents can potentially suffer include the following:
- Foot injuries, like broken toes
- Ankle injuries, broken or sprained ankles
- Knee injuries
- Hip injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Scrapes and bruises
- Sprains and strains
- Head injuries
Regardless of the specific injuries that you or a member of your family sustained in a trip and fall accident caused by exposed tree roots, it is essential that you explore the legal options available to you.
Can I Sue? Do I have a Case?
Do you have the right to sue? Do you have grounds to pursue a trip and fall injury case? You could sue – in fact, you could sue based on premise liability, which establishes property owner liability. Based on premise liability, all property owners have a duty to ensure that their entire premises are safe for their guests. This means that they must routinely inspect their premises to be able to identify and address any hazards (like exposed tree roots) that could cause incidents (like trip and falls) that could result in parties being harmed. When property owners fail to identify and address the hazards on their premises, they could ultimately be liable for any harm that guests suffer. Do I have a case if I feel injured due to tripping over exposed roots of a tree? If you suffered actual injuries after tripping and falling on exposed tree roots, you could have a case.
Who can you sue? The answer to this question will be based on the details surrounding the incident. If your trip and fall accident occurred on private property, such as a private residence, a wedding venue, outside a restaurant, etc., then you would sue the property owner. What if the accident occurred on city property, like a park, a public sidewalk, or the parking lot of a city building? In these cases, city liability would apply. Just like any other property owner, the city has a duty of care to keep their “property” safe; that is, there is government responsibility for fixing hazards. If the city fails to address hazards, like roots above ground, then they could be liable for the harm suffered.
For more information about your right to file a trip and fall accident lawsuit against a private property owner or the city, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawsuit attorneys are ready to guide you every step of the way.
You Could Recover Compensation
Based on the details surrounding your trip and fall lawsuit, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation. Some of the compensation that you could be eligible to receive could include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
What could you be eligible to receive? If your injury claim is successful, you could be eligible to recover some of the compensation listed above. The specific type and amount of compensation that you could receive will be strictly based on the details surrounding your claim. The value of your claim will vary significantly based on the severity of your injuries and other factors. For more information about the compensation that you could be eligible to receive, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
What Should You Do?
After suffering a trip and fall accident, there are a number of things that you should do to prepare to pursue your trip and fall claim. Consider the following recommendations:
- Seek medical care as soon as possible
- Take photos of all the injuries resulting from the accident
- Take photos of the scene of the accident
- Identify any cameras that might have captured the incident
- Speak to witnesses and collect their contact information
- Gather all relevant medical records
- Gather all records of lost wages
- Seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible
Act Fast – Your Claim is Time Sensitive
All injury claims are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims; if claimants do not file on time, then they could lose their right to sue. In general, claimants have two-years to pursue their personal injury claims. However, if the claim involves a government entity, the deadline is different. In claims against the government, initial administrative claims must be filed within six months. The government entity will have forty-five days to respond. If there is a response that rejects the claim, the claimant will have six months to file a civil lawsuit (upon receiving the rejection notice). If there is no response, the claimant will have two-years to file a civil lawsuit. For more information about the specific deadline applies to your claim, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you after tripping and falling due to exposed tree roots, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to sue and recover the compensation that you are owed. Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, we have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including trip and falls. Our experts are ready to help you every step of the way.
We offer free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our trip and fall attorneys will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with the information that you need to begin or continue your claim. Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees. In addition, we work on a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not pay until they win.
If you are ready to discuss your exposed tree root trip and fall accident claim with our experts, contact us immediately.