Urgent Care Slip and Fall
Urgent Care facilities are essentially locations where sick or injured individuals go to get treatment, but the treatment does not warrant going to an emergency room. However, some individuals go to these facilities as more than just patients. They can be deliverymen, mailmen, visitors, prospective workers, students, interns, and more. If there are any accidents in such a facility, you could be seriously hurt. Our team of attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group can ensure that you’re sufficiently covered if you wish to sue an Urgent Care facility for a slip and fall accident.
Urgent Care Facility Accidents
There are many ways that you can be involved in slip and fall accidents in Urgent Care facilities. There could be water on the floor from leaks, or someone could have spilled something and it was not cleaned up fast enough. There could be bodily fluids from sick patients. You may fall from wayward or discarded chairs, gurneys, crutches, wheelchairs, and other equipment. Some of the injuries you could suffer include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Closed head injuries
Spinal cord injuries
These injuries range from minor to serious. It is important that you get medical help quickly to prevent the injuries from worsening.
Slip and fall accident
Premises Liability Information
Premises liability claims can be filed if a landlord, property owner, or property manager was negligent in some way. Premises liability means that there was an issue with the location, whether a hazard or a defect, that contributed to accidents and injuries. There are three ways that you can show that a property owner was negligent. They are as follows:
There was a hazard in Urgent Care facility that was caused by the property owner or staff
The hazard or defect within the Urgent Care facility was made known to the property owner, but he did nothing to fix it, section it off, or place warning signs to indicate the dangers
The hazard was not known to the property owner, but he reasonably should have been aware of it if he had been attentive, or staff should have seen the issue
It is also important that you establish your status as a guest. If you are not receiving treatment in the hospital – for example, you are merely picking up medical records or tests, making a delivery, or visiting someone – you are not a patient. Therefore, you can be one of three types of guests:
Invitees, or those present on the property for a mutual benefit, who have the highest duty of care and must not be harmed or placed in harm’s way
Licensees, who have less care but still must be protected
Trespassers, who have the fewest rights but still cannot be deliberately hurt, such as with traps
You can speak with an attorney to accurately determine how the facility was liable and your status as a guest.
How to Sue an Urgent Care Facility for a Slip and Fall Accident
Filing a premises liability lawsuit requires you to have ample evidence on your side. You must establish negligence as noted above, but you must also have proof of the damages you suffered and the hazard that was present.
The first step you should take is to get medical assistance, which is convenient since you’re already at the Urgent Care location. You should not wait too long to get help; if you do, your injuries may worsen and lead to additional damages. Further, the insurance agent will say that you weren’t seriously hurt or that you were actually injured elsewhere since you left the facility easily and readily enough.
It is important that you get any receipts from the hospital, doctor’s statements, medical records, test results, prescriptions, and more. This will be a good amount of evidence to showcase the degree of your injuries and the treatment you received.
You will need to take pictures of the damages you suffered to illustrate how severe they were, as they may heal up externally. You can also take pictures of the scene of the accident, which could showcase a torn rug, crack in the floor, or other issue in the Urgent Care facility. You can also request security footage of the incident, although it might be difficult to acquire it.
If there were any eyewitnesses in the waiting room, patients in the facility, individuals you were with, or employees, you can ask them to provide their statements and testimonies for your claim.
You must file an incident report with the facility to ensure that they are aware of the injuries. This will prevent them from denying that you were present.
Finally, you should contact a skilled slip and fall lawyer with experience in Urgent Care accidents who can handle your claim for you. You might not have any legal experience, which can prevent you from getting what you need. Our attorneys can write your demand letter, hire expert witnesses, gather your evidence, and negotiate a fair deal for you.
Compensation from a Premises Liability Claim against an Urgent Care Facility
You may be able to secure a large amount of compensation from an Urgent Care facility if you were injured because of broken stairs. Your case could be worth a lot of money, but the value will be determined by the insurance agent handling it. He will primarily look at your injuries and how severe they were, as well as how much of an impact they had on your daily life and career. He will also consider the future possibilities and effects. Your job type and age will play a role, but so will your level of responsibility for the incident. If you actually caused or contributed to the accident, the agent would try to reduce the value and make you a smaller offer. Insurance agents only want to preserve their company’s profits and not have to pay out settlements or coverage. One of the common tactics is to make a small offer months after your claim was submitted, as they believe you will be desperate for compensation that you will accept anything. Our goal is to bring you the maximum compensation available under the law, including coverage for:
Medical expenses from the past and future for surgery fees, hospitalization, prescription drugs and medication, physical therapy sessions, ambulatory transportation, and more
Lost income if you were unable to return to work, which can include commissions, bonuses, various benefits, and more, as well as future missed wages
Property damage for your damaged belongings
Pain and suffering damages for emotional anxiety, psychological trauma, PTSD, fear, and more
Wrongful death damages if a loved one or family member passed away in the incident, which can include funeral and burial fees, loss of consortium and relations, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, loss of savings and inheritance, and more
We will not stop pursuing the highest settlement for you, even if it means we have to go to court to defend your rights.
Statute of Limitations on Slip and Fall Accidents at Urgent Care Facilities
California has a deadline of two years form the date of the injury to file a claim against an entity if you were hurt in a slip and fall accident. If you do not sue within this time period, you will be unable to receive any compensation whatsoever. You should act quickly so that your evidence is preserved and does not get lost or corrupted. Many times, individuals fail to sue within the time period and end up unable to get payment for their losses and damages, which will lead to heavy debts.
It is possible for the statute of limitations to be extended past the deadline in some scenarios. If you were underage at the time of the accident, the statute will not count down until you turn legal age at 18 years old. You can also have parents or your legal guardian sue on your behalf ahead of time. Further, you may have been left physically or mentally incapacitated after the incident, which would make the statute count down when you return to health. Moreover, the defendant must be present in California – if he leaves the state, the statute of limitations will not count down until he returns.
If you speak with our attorneys, we guarantee that your claim will be filed on deadline. We will not miss any crucial dates and you will receive the compensation you deserve in a speedy time frame.
Why Choose Us
Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, has a team of expert attorneys who can handle your case for you and will pursue your maximum compensation. We know how to win your claim and will stop at nothing until we are successful. Our attorneys are aggressive and experienced, and we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Call today to set up a free legal consultation. We will discuss your case and help you understand the legal process. We will also give you more information on our zero fee guarantee, which says that you will not pay us any money throughout the case. Our costs are covered only if we win, and the money comes from the settlement we win for you.
If you need to file a slip and fall lawsuit against an Urgent Care location, call the Downtown LA Law Group today.
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