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Attorney to File Lawsuit for Parking Lot Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can be incredibly devastating, resulting in injuries that range from minor bumps and bruises to truly life-changing traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. What adds to the threat of slip and fall accidents is the fact that they can happen anywhere at any time, whether at your local restaurant, a corner grocery store, or for the sake of this article, at a nearby parking lot. Fortunately, if you suffer from a slip and fall accident at a parking lot caused by a defect or hazard on the premises, you may be able to file a claim for significant monetary compensation. However, filing these lawsuits can be incredibly tricky without proper legal assistance on your side. At Normandie Law Firm our parking lot slip and fall and trip and fall accident lawyers can guide you through the process of building your case, filing your claim, and reaching a settlement that covers all the damages you endured as a result of the accident. If you have any questions after reading this article, please feel free to reach out to our law offices in Los Angeles, California for a free consultation from one of our well-versed legal advisors.

Parking Lots & The Slip and Fall Accidents that can Occur
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents at parking lots can be particularly damaging to victims. Often the impact of tripping or falling on concrete or asphalt can result in some truly devastating injuries. These accidents can occur at any parking lot, from your local CVS to a nondescript parking garage. Listed below are some of the popular retail stores in the Los Angeles where slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can occur:

  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Smart and Final
  • Albertsons
  • Home Depot
  • Costco
  • In-N-Out
  • Macy’s
  • JC Penny
  • Khol’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Best Buy
  • Sears
  • Rite Aid
  • Whole Foods
  • Trader Joes
  • Nordstrom
  • Staples

These are just some of the retail stores and locations where you could suffer a parking lot slip and fall or trip and fall accident. Many who suffer these accidents are unsure of their legal rights regarding whether or not they can sue the store or parking lot owner for the damages. The short answer to this question is, yes, you can, but certain criteria first are met before you can reach a successful claim for compensation. One of the most significant factors in filing your claim against a retail store or parking lot owner is being able to identify what specifically caused your slip and fall accident. Listed below are some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents in parking lots:

  • Cracked pavement
  • Potholes
  • Oil Spills
  • Uneven pavement
  • Inadequate parking lot lighting
  • An accumulation of water
  • Ice slicks
  • Debris
  • Damaged or cracked wheel stops
  • Cracks in the cement

These are just some of the potential causes of parking lot slip and fall and trip and fall accidents. In truth, you can file a lawsuit against a store or parking lot if your injuries were caused by an apparent defect or hazard in the parking lot that the owners or retail store staff failed to remedy or make patrons aware of. Besides being able to show what caused your accident, another large factor in filing your claim is being able to identify and prove your injuries were caused by accident. To give you an idea of some of the kind of injuries you could endure from a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, we’ve included a list of some of the more common injuries below:

  • Head Injuries: Head injuries can range from minor contusions (or brain bruising) to more severe traumatic brain injuries or TBIs. Some TBIs can cause ongoing seizures, mood changes, cognitive impairment and other debilitating symptoms. In most cases, head injuries require emergency room treatment, or hospitalization and in more severe cases can result in death.
  • Hip Fractures: Hip fractures often require surgery and extended hospitalization. In some more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to implant an artificial hip. Out of every five hip fracture patients, one of them dies due to their injuries
  • Back and Spinal Cord Injuries: Injury to the spinal cord can lead to permanent paralysis, temporary paralysis and other severe neurological and sensory impairments
  • Shoulder Injuries: slip (trip) and fall accidents can result in shoulder dislocations or more severe forms of shoulder injuries called brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that connect the shoulder, arm, and hand to the spinal cord. These injuries are often treated with surgery followed by extensive physical therapy
  • Sprains and Fractures: The force of slipping and falling can cause minor to severe bone injuries. In some cases, the impact of the ground could cause minor sprains, in others; it could cause debilitating bone breakage that may result in temporary disability. Some of the common fractures that victims suffer include hip, spine, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand.

Once you have identified the cause of your injuries and the injuries themselves, it is highly recommended that you consult an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you reach out to an attorney the more likely you will be able to reach a satisfactory outcome of your case.

How to File A Personal Injury Claim in a Parking Lot Slip and Fall Accident
Many individuals who suffer from parking lot slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are often left in the dark in regards to what their rights are. Usually, there is confusion, which someone else other than the retail store, or parking lot owner, should be held liable for the damages; however, this is the exact opposite case. When clients with parking lot slip and fall accident cases come into our law firm, our skilled attorneys make them well aware of premises liability law and how it influences their case.

Premises liability law essentially states that the owner of a property should be held liable for the damages of an accident caused by a hazard that could have been avoided, or a defect in the property that was not remedied in a reasonable amount of time. While the details for premises liability differ between states, there are some aspects of this legal theory that remain unchanged. Below are the essential elements necessary for filing a case under premises liability:

  • There was a hazardous condition or potentially dangerous condition on the property, like broken concrete or a hazardous ice slick, that presented an unreasonable risk of harm.
  • The property owner, or parking lot owner, should have been aware of the dangerous condition
  • The parking lot owner or property owner failed to either warn guests of a reasonable condition and did not take reasonable action to remedy the issue.
  • The hazardous condition resulted in the injury of a tenant or patron.

Proving the liability of the parking lot owner can be nearly impossible without sufficient evidence to back up your claims. This evidence can take the form of photographic evidence of the hazard which caused the accident, parking lot security cam footage detailing the incident, eyewitness accounts, or medical bills that detail your injuries. It is also highly recommended that you report the accident to the managerial staff as soon as possible. The sooner you report the accident, the less likely the property owners will be able to dispute your claims.

In court, the evidence previously collected can be used to prove a claim of negligence. Claims of negligence can play a crucial role in the outcome of a personal injury case, as it is required that you can show the defendant’s negligent actions directly led to your injuries. While every claim of negligence is different, there is a fundamental structure to every claim of negligence that should be followed. This structure is bulleted below for your reference:

  • Duty: The plaintiff (injured or damaged party) must be able to show that the defendant (property owner or parking lot owner) owed a legal duty to the plaintiff under the particular circumstances of the case.
  • Breach: The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant breached said legal duty through specific actions or failure to act appropriately
  • Causation: The plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant’s actions or lack thereof caused the plaintiff’s injuries
  • Damages: The plaintiff must be able to show that they endured some specific damages. This aspect can usually be shown through the presentation of medical records, a loss of wages, or a loss of potential income.

When clients seek assistance for their parking lot slip and fall and trip and fall cases, we recommend they adhere to the statute of limitations that influence every personal injury case. The statute of limitations is the period in which an injured party has to bring their case to court. If they fail to bring their case forward within this determined period, their case could be removed from court entirely. The statute of limitations changes from state to state, and there are some exceptions to the statute that may or may not be present in your case. For example, in the state of California, victims of personal injury have two years from the date of their accident to bring their case to court. When bringing your case forward, it is in your best interest that you seek legal guidance from an attorney that is well-versed on the statute of limitation laws in your state and the potential exceptions to this ruling. Having the right attorney by your side can make all the difference in your slip and fall parking lot accident case. While every individual has a right to represent themselves in court, the best way to guarantee a satisfactory settlement is through the consultation of a skilled and experienced attorney.

How Normandie Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered injury after a slip and fall accident at a parking lot as a result of a defect in the lot, or the negligence of the parking lot owners, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for your damages. However, when filing these kinds of lawsuits it, is in your best interest to seek assistance from an attorney who can sue the parking lot.  At Normandie Law Firm our Los Angeles lawyers experienced in parking lot slip and fall accidents are committed to ensuring our clients receive all the resources they require to earn the compensation that they deserve their damages. If you file a claim with our law firm, you could find some if not all of the following damages compensable to you:

  • All of you medical and hospitalization costs
  • All of your future medical care and treatment
  • A loss of income and loss of future earnings due to long-term recovery or permanent disability due to the accident
  • Compensable economic damages include loss of property or damaged property.
  • Compensable non-economic damages include emotional distress, trauma, PTSD resulting from the accident, pain and suffering and anxiety.

Victims of parking lot slip and fall accidents can contact our law offices to learn more about how to receive compensation for their injuries. While our law firm is based in Los Angeles, our attorneys also practice in Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Orange County, Riverside, Fresno, and throughout the state of California.

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If you contact our law offices today, we can walk you through the complicated process of filing your claim completely free of charge. As a show this commitment to you and your case we offer our clients the benefits of a zero fee guarantee policy. Under our zero fee policy, all clients don’t pay for our services until their case is won. If you feel in need of a second opinion, second opinion case reviews are also free under this policy. Please, feel free to give us a call, and we can guide you down the path of receiving proper compensation for your damages.

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