Trip and fall injuries are some of the most common reasons for an emergency room visit. These accidents can occur almost anywhere and be caused by many issues. From damaged flooring surfaces or trash left on the floor to something as simple as an extension cord placed on the floor, these hazards take their toll each year on unsuspecting victims.
Sadly, most people never consider the significant safety concern when they grab an extension cord and plug it into an outlet. It is an easy way to power holiday lighting or decorations, add a fan or space heater to a room, or place a temporary feature like a new lamp or printer in an area without an easily accessible outlet. But it happens in almost every space you can imagine, from homes to offices, medical facilities, public buildings, stores, and even in outdoor spaces.
You might not know that if you have recently suffered an injury due to an extension cord trip and fall accident, you could have grounds to sue the property owner or whoever else is responsible for the extension cord located in a hazardous area. The staff at DTLA Law Group is here 24/7 to provide the guidance and answers you need after suffering an injury. Our extension cord trip and fall injury lawyers will take your call and help you understand your rights and how to protect them. In addition, we are happy to provide a free consultation to discuss your injuries and the incident in depth to determine if you have grounds for an extension cord trip and fall injury lawsuit. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office today for your free consultation.
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You might only picture an extension cord used at someone’s home, possibly powering holiday decorations. And the cord would be carefully tucked under the display to prevent anyone from suffering a severe extension cord trip and fall injury. However, you could be shocked to learn about all the places extension cords and the corresponding safety issues can be found, such as:
Food stores and supermarkets
Shopping malls, department stores, or other retail locations
Big box and hardware stores
Medical care facilities
Municipal or city buildings
Places of worship
These are just some places where you might find an extension cord lying on the ground or floor, creating a potential trip and fall hazard for you or your loved ones.
Who Is Responsible For An Extension Cord Trip And Fall Injury?
Under premises liability law, private or public property owners are ultimately responsible for their guests’ safety and eliminating common safety hazards. They must follow duty of care guidelines that require the same level of care and attention to safety as would be provided by the average person. For example, you would mop up spilled water to ensure no one slipped and fell. And you should also provide that same level of care when evaluating the safety concerns caused by an extension cord left on the floor.
While the liability for an extension cord trip and fall injury typically falls to the owner of the property, it is essential to understand that other parties could share the liability or be fully responsible. Some examples of other responsible parties include:
A contractor working in the area using the extension cord to power equipment
A company that sets up a display, lights, or other feature requiring the use of the extension cord
The management company responsible for the care of a commercial property
A business or other tenant renting space from the property owner
A tenant of a rental home
These are just some of the long list of people or entities who could be named in an extension cord trip and fall injury lawsuit.
How Much Is My Extension Cord Trip And Fall Injury Lawsuit Worth?
The value of each personal injury lawsuit is unique because it is based on the actual losses and expenses incurred by the victim. Your DTLA Law Group legal team will work with you to compile all the expenses you suffered due to your trip and fall incident. These items typically include:
All medical expenses related to the treatment of your injuries, including any therapy, rehabilitation, essential medical devices, or prescription medication
The value of any personal property damaged or destroyed during the trip and fall incident
Your legal fees for preparing the extension cord trip and fall injury lawsuit
Any lost wages if your injuries prevented you from working while you recovered
In instances with severe injuries, it is common to include a dollar amount to serve as compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Your DTLA Law Group extension cord trip and fall injury lawyer will guide you in this process using their expertise and experience in managing similar cases.
Common Extension Cord Trip And Fall Injuries
The severity of your extension cord trip and fall injuries will vary based on the location of the fall and the surroundings, as well as your overall health and age. Some of the common injuries you could sustain include:
Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
Damage to joint tissue
Fractured or broken bones
Soft tissue and nerve damage
Facial injuries that could include the skin, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and teeth
Neck, back, and spinal cord damage
Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
Head injuries ranging from a concussion or skull fracture to a brain hemorrhage or contusion, or other traumatic brain injury
Sadly, in almost every case, these injuries and the pain and suffering they cause could have been avoided if someone had taken more care when using an extension cord. Keeping the cord and other obstacles and hazards away from walkways, traffic areas, and hallways is always the priority to avoid causing severe injury to a guest or patron of a property.
When To File Your Extension Cord Trip And Fall Accident Injury Lawsuit
The Statute of Limitations for most trip and fall personal injury cases is two years from the date of the incident. If you fail to have the case filed with the appropriate court system in that time, you will forfeit your right to seek compensation for injuries or losses resulting from that event. Few exceptions apply to this rule, but your DTLA Law Group extension cord trip and fall injury lawyer will explain any that could benefit your case. However, you can file your claim as soon after the incident as you and your DTLA Law Group legal team have the case ready to proceed.
Understanding that this time frame applies to any claim filed against a person or business is vital. However, when the owner of the property and responsible party are a government entity, such as the city, town, or state, you have only six months to file a claim with the court system. This shorter Statute of Limitations applies to all government-owned properties such as a city library, courthouse, police station, public park, sidewalk, or government office building.
The exceptions for the government time frame for filing your case are also minimal. Again, your DTLA Law Group legal team will advise you if any apply to your case and could be beneficial. But with the shorter time frame to file your claim, it is crucial for you to contact DTLA Law Group as soon as possible after your extension cord trip and fall injury. Knowing that your case has legal merit and you can file a claim will help relieve your stress. And the shortened time for case preparation will require your legal team to move quickly to get your claim filed before the six-month limit expires.
Securing The Best Extension Cord Trip And Fall Injury Lawyer
When you suffer an extension cord trip and fall injury, your feelings can range from frustrated to angry or overwhelmed. That is why hiring the best extension cord trip and fall injury lawyer is vital. You need to focus on healing and your recovery rather than worrying about the legalities of your case. Knowing that you have a talented and caring team protecting your rights will provide the peace of mind needed to entirely focus your energy on your recovery.
In addition, the DTLA Law Group never charges any upfront legal fees or expenses when we take your case. So there are no added financial hardships. Only the reassurance of knowing that your legal team is working diligently to ensure you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
We ask for payment only after we have secured the settlement or verdict you need to pay your legal expenses and other costs related to your injuries. And if we fail to win your case, you owe us nothing. This is not a ploy to encourage you to hire us. It is simply the fair and transparent way we run our law firm. We genuinely believe that every personal injury victim deserves the best legal representation. And we are eager to provide it without added stresses related to a payment schedule.
So don’t hesitate to contact DTLA Law Group today to speak to an extension cord trip and fall lawyer to determine if you have grounds to file an extension cord trip and fall injury lawsuit to get the compensation owed to you.
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