PERSONAL INJURY BLOG

Slip and Fall? Do You Have a Premises Liability Case?

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Did you slip and fall while on somebody else's property? Did you get hurt while staying in a hotel?

You may have a case to sue the owner of the property to get compensation, whether the owner is a company or the government (Government cases are different and their liability is often limited).

Whether you have a case depends on whether the property owner can be considered negligent. Premises liability laws vary from state to state, so you need a lawyer who is familiar with the rules for your state. In California, you may be entitled to compensation if you are injured because of negligent management - which is defined by various standards. There are four elements - duty, breach of duty, injury, and causation. All of this is highly dependent on the specific circumstances. The standards are different for homeowners casually inviting guests compared to store owners or amusement parks. As the law is so complex, you should contact an attorney quickly. You can potentially get awards to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, emotional distress, etc.

In basic terms, though, property owners are expected to maintain their property in a safe condition, find unsafe conditions quickly and repair or warn said conditions. As a common example, if a property owner is cleaning the floor and it becomes wet, then they should put out a sign warning that the floor is wet. Broken lights should be repaired or replaced as quickly as possible. If you or somebody you know is injured, then make note of the circumstances. A good personal injury lawyer will tell you if you have a case right away, and reputable lawyers do not charge for initial consultation and analysis. Reputable lawyers will also be honest - they will not try to get money out of you by taking on a case they cannot win.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a preventable accident on somebody else's property, then contact Lederer & Nojima to schedule a free case analysis and start the process of getting the compensation you deserve.

What To Do When A Dog Bites

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

 


Being bitten by a dog in California is no joke. In The Golden State alone 1,934 dog bite claims were filed in 2016, more than any other state in the U.S.! Dog bites are scary and can range anywhere from minor nips to full-on attacks. 

So what do you do if you, your child or another loved one is bitten by a dog?

First, address the bite immediately.

  • Use a clean towel or cloth to cover the injury and stop the bleeding. If the bite is profuse or won't stop bleeding seek emergency medical attention right away, especially if it's a child.
  • Clean the area thoroughly with mild soap and water and try to keep the injured area elevated.
  • Put an antibiotic ointment on the bite to prevent infection and cover it with a bandage.

Next, document the event.

  • Call your local authorities immediately, especially if the dog was a stray or otherwise unknown, and report the bite. They'll likely need to get animal control involved to find the dog before it hurts someone else.
  • If you know the dog and/or the owner, which happens more often than not, it might be a sticky situation but don't be afraid to stand up for yourself and your family. Dog bites, even minor ones, can lead to infections or serious medical conditions and the burden shouldn't fall on the victim. You'll still want to report the bite to authorities.
  • Take pictures of the wound. If you can document the area where it happened that's also recommended.
  • Keep a record of any and all medical visits or costs sustained from the injury.

Then, seek legal advice.

  • You may not know all your rights when it comes to dog bites or how to seek fair settlement for the injury. At Lederer & Nojima we can help! We're very experienced with dog bite injury litigation and we'll make sure you get the fair compensation you deserve, including the medical attention required to treat the injury.

Finally, if you haven't already take a trip to the doctor.

  • Even if the bite wasn't serious you'll still want to plan a visit with your regular physician. Your doctor will deep clean the wound and check to make sure there's no infections or disease present. He'll probably ask questions regarding the attack so be prepared to explain what happened.

We know how upsetting a dog bite is and we don't want you to face it alone. Dealing with insurance and the owner is a headache, especially while you're recovering from the injury. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case and options.


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