There are many reasons you could be in a warehouse that uses equipment to move items with a pallet jack or forklift with hydraulic lines. From shopping in a warehouse store to a big box hardware store or furniture store, these environments can all become very hazardous if there is a hydraulic fluid leak or spill on the floor.
Unfortunately, this oil-based fluid can be very difficult to see on the typical concrete floors that are found in most warehouses. So you will likely have no idea that you are about to step into a very slippery puddle that will end in a nasty slip and fall injury accident in a warehouse. From that moment on, your life could be altered forever. If you have suffered a slip and fall on hydraulic fluid in a warehouse, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the personal injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group today. We have associated available 24/7 to assist you with your immediate questions and to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer. At that meeting, we will explain your rights as a personal injury victim and how we can assist you in protecting your rights and financial future.
The Responsibility Of All Property Owners
When you enter any property, you have the right to expect the facility to be safe and hazard-free. This right is guaranteed through the premises liability laws in California. And they apply to all public and private buildings, from stores and movie theaters to homes and private warehouses. In addition, the regulations clearly state that property owners must deliver a level of care that meets the standards of the average prudent person.
So in the case of a slippery, oily substance being leaked or spilled on a floor, it should be quickly cleaned up, warnings should be posted regarding the safety hazard, or the area should be closed to access by guests. These are the typical actions you would take in your home if there were a hazardous spill and what you would expect of any property owner.
If the property owner does not make every effort to eliminate the safety issue, they are considered to be negligent in their duty of care. And when that negligence is proven, they are also going to be found to be financially responsible for any injuries or damage their negligence created. So the resulting injuries from your slip and fall on hydraulic fluid should be treated at the property owner’s expense.
Always Err On The Side Of Caution
Even if you think your slip and fall injuries are only minor, it is critical that you seek a medical evaluation. Not only will this document any injuries sustained in the slip and fall incident, but it will ensure that you get the medical treatment needed. In many cases, you could be in shock after suffering this fall, and your injuries and the pain they would typically cause are masked by adrenaline.
Some of the common injuries that are caused by a slip and fall due to hydraulic fluid on the floor include:
- Injuries to the spinal cord or back
- Head and neck injuries
- Facial injuries to the nose, eyes, mouth, or teeth
- Fractured or broken bones
- Damage to joints, including dislocations
- Damage to internal organs
- Strains or tears to soft tissue
Only after a complete medical exam can you rest assured that your injuries have been thoroughly evaluated and documented for any future legal action that you take against the owner of the warehouse where you suffered a slip and fall on hydraulic fluid.
Take Precautions To Protect Your Future
When you slip and fall on hydraulic fluid in a warehouse, it is crucial to gather some vital information immediately. First, contact the manager of the facility to ask if you can fill out an accident report and explain the details of the incident. Then request that any further documentation regarding the incident be emailed to you for your records.
If there were any witnesses to your slip and fall incident, get their contact information and ask them to email you a statement about what they saw. Then take pictures of the area where you fell. Be sure to get close-up images of the hydraulic fluid on the floor and any photos of the equipment used in the warehouse that might have been leaking the fluid. You will also want to document your injuries with pictures as soon as possible after the slip and fall.
Seek a medical evaluation for your injuries, and be sure to get copies of all the medical records. This professional evaluation will help to verify that the injuries were the result of your fall in the warehouse. When you get home, place your clothes and shoes in a plastic bag. Save them, with the hydraulic fluid on them, to further document that the fall was caused by hydraulic fluid on the floor at the warehouse.
Finally, contact DTLA Law Group for a free consultation to learn more about your rights as a personal injury victim and the responsibilities of the warehouse owners. We are here 24/7 so that you can know immediately if there is a reason for you to pursue a lawsuit against the owner of the warehouse, and you can seek compensation for your medical care.
How Long Does A Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
There is never any reliable method to estimate the time needed for a lawsuit. So instead, the best way to move the case forward quickly is to secure the services of DTLA Law Group. Our team will work diligently to keep your case moving forward and get you the verdict or settlement you need to pay your bills and other living expenses.
It is also critical to understand that the Statute of Limitations of a personal injury lawsuit in California is two years from the date of the incident. If you wait longer than two years, you will likely lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries. The team at DTLA also warns injury victims against trying to settle a personal injury matter without legal representation. Unfortunately, the other party could be trying to waste the two-year window so that you cannot file a legal claim in court. You are always better off having the expertise of DTLA Law Group working to protect your rights and financial future.
The Possible Value Of A Slip And Fall Lawsuit
The value of your lawsuit will be based on the cost of your expenses and losses related to your slip and fall injuries. Typically, the most costly expenses are your medical bills for care after the injury. In addition, you are entitled to seek reimbursement for your lost wages if you are unable to work during your recovery. You can also claim lost wages for the time needed to attend medical appointments and treatment for your injuries.
The final expense you can include is the cost of your legal team at DTLA Law Firm. In addition, there is the option to seek a dollar amount to represent your pain and suffering due to your slip and fall injuries. The team at DTLA Law Group will assist you in compiling all the expenses you are entitled to include in your settlement request.
Why Hire DTLA Law Group?
At DTLA Law Group, we are always proud to put our clients’ needs and well-being above all else. And that includes when we get paid for our work. We are happy to provide the legal services you need to file and complete your lawsuit without ever asking for any upfront payments. Instead, we only get paid after we have successfully completed our job and brought you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. And if we fail to win your case, you owe us nothing. We firmly believe in only getting paid after we have done what we pledge to do. And that is to get you the money that is owed to you for your injuries and losses. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with DTLA Law Group today. There is never any risk of you owing us for services because when we win your case, the legal fees for our payment will be part of your verdict or settlement amount.
Free Second Opinions
If you have spoken to another lawyer who said you have no grounds for a lawsuit, please get in touch with DTLA Law Group for a free second opinion consultation. We will evaluate the merit of your case and advise you if we believe we can get you any compensation for your injuries. We will even assess an issue that another lawyer is handling if you are unsatisfied with the way the matter is being managed or have questions about any aspect of the case. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with DTLA today to learn more about how our expert personal injury lawyers can ensure that you get the compensation you are owed for the injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence. Your consultation is free.