If you have been injured because of an act of violence perpetuated by another person, legally you can seek compensation from them for the losses you have endured. Damages can include medical expenses, in-home care and assistance throughout recovery, loss of
income, and pain and suffering.
If you were injured in a bicycle collision with another bicycle, car, or pedestrian, or you fell due to an issue with the pavement.
- struck by an object
- caught in or caught in between objects.
- Injuries on someone else’s property resulting from hazardous conditions constitute “premises liability.” If you were injured in this way.
- Slip/Trip & Fall Accidents Slipping or tripping and falling due to things like wet floors (without signs), poor lighting, lack of handrails on stairs, uneven flooring/sidewalks/parking lots, tripping hazard obstructions such as cords/plants/rugs, can lead to serious injuries. Whoever is responsible for maintaining the property on which you fell may be liable and owe you damages.
- Negligent Supervision/Security Insufficient or inadequate security at bars, nightclubs, college campuses, concerts, sport events, etc. can lead to avoidable injuries from assaults.
If you were injured while engaging in a recreational activity, you might be entitled to seek damages if your injury is related due to negligence of maintenance of the property of equipment during the activity.
- If you were involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and injuries.
- At the site of the accident, it’s important that you move to safety, take photos of the accident scene, exchange information with the other driver(s), and collect names and numbers of any witnesses.
- Next, California law requires that CA Highway Patrol or the police department is notified within 24 hours if the car accident resulted in an injury. The office will make a police report for you.
- Moreover, if your accident resulted in at least $750 of property damage, the DMV must be notified within 10 days.
- Please notify your insurance provider of the accident as soon as possible. If you wait, they might try to deny your claim later on.
- Lastly, it’s important you seek medical attention after your accident.
Even if you don’t feel injured, the adrenaline in your system might mask the full extent of your pain, and/or your injuries might not begin to reveal themselves until days after the accident. Insurance companies typically try to deny that the accident caused injury or that injuries are being exaggerated in cases in which injured victims did not seek medical treatment in a timely manner.
If you were hit by a vehicle as you were walking or crossing a street, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and injuries.
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California Law requires your unit to be “habitable” – meaning, in compliance with state and local health and safety codes. Your landlord is required to make necessary repairs if the unit becomes unfit to live in. Generally, a rental unit is required to have the
- Functioning toilet, sink and bathtub/shower in a vented room that allows privacy
- Kitchen with a sink
- Natural lighting in each room through a window or skylight
- Windows in each room must open at least halfway for ventilation or contain a fan that provides ventilation.
- Safe emergency exits leading to a hallway or stairs
- Working dead bolt locks on main entry doors
- Smoke detectors in working order
- A lockable mailbox for each unit
Moreover, a rental unit may be deemed uninhabitable or unlivable
- Presence of lead hazards: many older buildings still contain lead-based paints, which are dangerous for tenants’ health
- Presence of mold
- Presence of vermin, pest and rodent infestations
- Lack of effective weather protection and waterproofing
- Substantial plumbing issues
- Lack of gas lines in working order, if applicable
- Lack of a properly functioning heating unit
- Faulty/poorly maintained electrical system
- Rental unit and surrounding areas are not clean/sanitary
- Lack of adequate trash disposal
If you’re injured due to poor maintenance of the building, then you
may be entitled to compensation. Common hazards include:
- Insufficient lighting
- Insufficient security measures
- Inadequate warning signs
- Inadequately maintained elevators
- Uneven pavement and trip hazards
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Inadequately maintained stairs (e.g. missing handrails, obstructions like unraveling carpet or wires, etc.)
- Defects in structures such as balconies, patios, decks, terraces, etc.
- Dangerous swimming pools
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