Dealing With Broken Bones After a Truck Accident

August 19, 2022 Truck Accidents

Broken bones are among the most common injuries after a truck accident. At best, victims will spend a few months

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Broken bones are among the most common injuries after a truck accident. At best, victims will spend a few months recuperating. At worst, the injury causes permanent impairment and loss of mobility. In either situation, you cannot work, care for family members, or participate in everyday activities. A serious injury attorney at Salamati Law can help you receive the compensation you need to rebuild your life.

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 Common Fractures in Truck Accidents

The type of broken bones in a truck accident depends on the collision’s unique circumstances. For instance, the occupant of a car hit by a truck may hit the dashboard. That may result in broken fingers, wrists, and arms. In addition, the sheer force of the impact can cause the spine or neck to break, causing paralysis. Therefore, first responders should only move these victims.

Other common fractures include broken:

  • Legs
  • Hips
  • Ribs
  • Clavicles

A hip fracture can take nine months or more to heal fully. Due to immobility, hip fractures may cause serious complications, including blood clots, pneumonia, and bedsores. Some of these complications may prove deadly. If this has happened to you contact a Los Angeles hip fracture attorney.

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Skull Fractures

A skull fracture may also involve a traumatic brain injury. It may occur if the head hits the steering wheel, the dashboard, or other hard surfaces. Severe skull fractures may cause:

  • Brain bleeds
  • Brain damage
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leakage
  • Seizures

Skull fracture symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness

Signs of Broken Bones

A broken bone is very painful; most people immediately know when it happens. However, the shock experienced in the wake of the crash may temporarily mask pain.

Moreover, there are various types of fractures. For example, a stable fracture, in which the bones line up, heals more readily than an open, compound fracture. These fractures involve a bone breaking through the skin or an open wound caused by the impact.

Signs of broken bones include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to move
  • Inability to place weight on the affected bone
  • Unusual placement or bending of a limb or digit

Always seek immediate medical attention after a motor vehicle accident. Doctors will order X-rays in the emergency room to determine if bones are broken.

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Truck Accident Damages

Damages, or compensation, in a truck accident may include:

  • Medical expenses, current, and future
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

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Common Wrongful Death Case Mistakes

August 19, 2022 Wrongful Death Claims

Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence can be very tough for you and your family. You might

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Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence can be very tough for you and your family. You might discover that you and your family are finding it difficult to cope and coming to terms with this sad reality. Since your loved one died due to someone else’s negligence you will likely file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.

However, it is important to remember that during these sensitive and trying times there are some mistakes which you completely want to avoid, mistakes which we see too often, unfortunately. Such mistakes can harm your case and hence should be avoided at all costs.

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Mistakes to avoid in Wrongful death cases

One mistake which can be very costly is speaking publicly about the death of your loved one. When someone passes away in a disturbing manner it might be covered by the local, or even national news media, especially where the death was caused by someone’s negligence. While you may be tempted to speak publicly about our loved one’s untimely death, doing so can be a mistake, as you might reveal sensitive information, or even imply that your loved one was himself at fault for his death. The defendant or the defendant’s insurance company can later use any such information against you. It is also especially important at this point in time to maintain family unity and to avoid fighting within the family. Due to the stressful nature of this time period many people might not be coping well and therefore prone to start fighting with family members. However, such conflict might not just delay your wrongful death case, but also harm it in unimaginable ways. 

One mistake from which there is no turning back is being late in filing your lawsuit. Under the pertinent California law you have 2 years to bring forth a wrongful death action, from the date of your loved one’s death. If you miss this 2 year deadline you will really be out of luck and will not be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Another common, and consequential, mistake is speaking to the insurance company of the negligent party. This should be on top of your list of things to avoid. You should never speak to an insurance company without speaking to a lawyer first, as the insurance company will use anything you say to devalue your case so they can put more money in their own pockets. You should also be careful not to accept the first settlement offer made by the insurance company, as more often than not that will not be an appropriate compensation for your claim. An experienced attorney will understand the tricks and maneuvers employed by insurance companies to avoid paying, therefore it is very important to speak with one before you might end up harming your case.

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Therefore, if you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence then reach out to the experienced wrongful death attorneys of Salamati Law today. Our team of experienced attorneys is especially well versed in California wrongful death settlements and will try to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Children With Concussions Are Four Times More Likely to Sustain a New Concussion

August 19, 2022 Brain Injuries

Sooner or later, children playing sports are likely to get hurt. Fortunately, most of these injuries are relatively minor, but

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Sooner or later, children playing sports are likely to get hurt. Fortunately, most of these injuries are relatively minor, but a concussion can be very serious. According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, children who previously suffered a concussion are four times as likely to sustain another. Researchers note this is an essential factor for doctors to consider when determining when a child can resume playing sports again. Further, girls are more likely to have concussions than boys.

If this has happened to your child, a serious injury lawyer at Salamati Law can help you receive the compensation you deserve so that your child may recover as fully as possible.

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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. The force of impact causes the brain to rock back and forth within the skull. While a concussion is generally considered a minor brain injury, some can have long-term consequences. The more concussions a person experiences, the more likely it will cause permanent damage. In addition, if the person sustains a concussion before the brain fully heals from the initial head injury, the result is usually fatal. This is known as a second-impact syndrome. Long-term effects of a concussion in young people may include cognitive and physical problems.

Concussion Causes

The main causes of concussion in children include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Violence

When it comes to sports injuries, any underage athlete who hits their head should not return to the activity until cleared by a doctor. A healthcare provider should always evaluate the child.

Concussion Symptoms

Concussion symptoms include:

  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Memory loss
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Personality changes

Often, concussed children do not realize they are impaired. A family member or friend usually determines the child is not acting normally and needs medical attention.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Damages

Damages, or compensation, for a TBI, may include:

  • Medical expenses, current, and future
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Pain and suffering

Keep in mind there is no cap on damages for pain and suffering in California, with the exception of medical malpractice. Moreover, children receiving a blow to the head during a sports activity should not participate for the rest of the day. If a coach or another individual puts a child back into the game that same day, ignoring California protocols, the organization may prove liable for punitive damages. 

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California Proposes to Ban the Sale of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

July 6, 2022 Auto Accidents

Last September, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to end the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. In response,

Last September, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to end the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. In response, California regulators have introduced a proposal to ban the manufacture of new gas-powered cars. It is expected to be voted on in August. If approved, it would be enacted in different stages–35% of new passenger vehicle sales be powered by batteries or hydrogen by 2026, and 100% of sales to be net-zero emissions by 2035.

However, it is important to remember that this does not mean the end of gas-powered vehicles as the proposal wouldn’t apply to sales of used cars nor would it be illegal to own them.

Impact of Banning the Sale of Gas-Powered Cars

If approved, this measure would be the first of its kind in the country. It will have a considerable impact because California accounts for about 11% of all new passenger car sales, the highest for any state. In addition, the approval is expected to benefit the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing industry. Ride-hailing companies that want to transition to the EV framework will also benefit. Environmental activists have also hailed the initiative as it will lead to a decrease in harmful emissions. This is particularly telling because gasoline and diesel fuel-powered vehicles are California’s most significant cause of greenhouse gasses and smog.

Overall, this should lead to a better and more sophisticated EV infrastructure with more charging stations all across the state. At the moment, California is lagging behind on that front. Currently, there are about 70,000 charging stations in California. However, nearly 1.2 million chargers will be needed by 2030.

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We work hard to stay current on California vehicle regulations so that we can provide experienced and skilled advocacy when you need it most.Contact our team of Los Angeles car accident attorneys to schedule a free case review if you’ve been hurt in a collision. We have the resources to thoroughly investigate your case so that you can recover the damages you need to rebuild your life. There are no upfront legal fees as we work on a contingency basis.

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California Regains the Legal Right to Regulate its Own Air Pollution

June 23, 2022 Auto Accidents

This March, the Biden administration restored California’s legal authority to set stringent auto pollution rules. California can once again implement its

This March, the Biden administration restored California’s legal authority to set stringent auto pollution rules. California can once again implement its own greenhouse gas emission standards to protect public health and slow the effects of climate change. Given that transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases in the nation–accounting for almost 30 percent of total emissions–this reinstatement of power signifies an important milestone.

Environmental advocates have praised the EPA’s decision to restore the Clean Air Act Waiver to create a zero-emission world for California and the rest of the country.

California’s Clean Air Act Waiver reinstated

California Governor Gavin Newsom said this decision “comes at a pivotal moment underscoring the need to end our reliance on fossil fuels.” Since the 1960s, the Golden State has received multiple waivers allowing it to set stringent standards for tailpipe emissions. These regulations have significantly improved air quality in Los Angeles and other cities continually cloaked in smog. As the most populated state, California has exerted influence on the biggest automakers while setting a benchmark for the rest of the nation. 

President Biden is taking measures to reverse the actions taken by the previous administration, which took away California’s power to tighten emission standards. Biden is pushing to transition from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric cars that are not dependent on fossil fuels.

Pioneering standards to reduce air pollution and slow climate change

Electric cars account for a mere 4 percent of new vehicle sales in the United States, but this may change in the coming years. Some of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers are now espousing a healthier, more sustainable future based on electric vehicles. Many have pledged billions of dollars toward achieving this goal. Ford and General Motors have announced the goal of eliminating all gasoline-fueled vehicles by 2035.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone stated that the reinstatement of the Clean Air Act Waiver in California overturns one of Trump’s “most indefensible actions.” In 2019, Trump rolled back environmental legislation that was deemed burdensome for business.

The EPA has also withdrawn limitations of the Clean Air Act that would prohibit other states from following California’s fuel efficiency and Green House Gas emission standards.  Along those lines, at least twelve other states have adopted California’s directive to sell only zero-emission vehicles after 2035.

California vehicle regulations have always been progressive, whether dealing with the smog problem, tailpipe emissions, or improvements in environmentally friendly technology.

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Salamati Law applauds any efforts that improve public health and combat climate change. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping Southern California residents get the compensation they deserve after being injured in motor vehicle accidents. Contact our Los Angeles office for a free consultation with a car accident lawyer who can protect your rights.

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California Gas Rebates May be Delayed Until Late Summer

June 23, 2022 Auto Accidents

If you are frustrated with California’s high gas prices, you are not alone. California has some of the highest gas

If you are frustrated with California’s high gas prices, you are not alone. California has some of the highest gas prices in the nation. Unfortunately, this crisis is not showing any signs of abating, as the city of Mendocino here in California has recently approached $9.60 per gallon. There is no telling when this crisis will end. Needless to say, this affects many people here, and across the nation.  

Fortunately, our state government is also concerned about this crisis. As a result, there might be some relief for you and other Californians. There are several states across the country that are proposing gas rebates to help their citizens in this time of need, and California is no exception.

Relief is coming

Under a proposal by Governor Gavin Newsom, registered vehicle owners would be eligible for rebates at $400 per vehicle, capped at $800 for two vehicles, totaling $9 billion in direct payments to millions of Californians. However, the state legislative leaders have proposed a different plan, under which taxpayers earning annual salaries of $125,000 or less would receive $200, and an additional $200 for each child or dependent. This is a point of contention between the Governor and the State Legislature. The next issue is–which state agency will oversee this program? The governor wants to hire a third party to distribute the checks in conjunction with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. In contrast, the state legislative leaders want the State Franchise Board to handle the process.

Meanwhile, thousands of Californians are still waiting for COVID relief checks. Therefore, it is still unclear when the gas rebate checks will be delivered. A clearer picture will arise when the state budget is finalized this month.

However, it is expected that these checks will probably go out at the end of the summer. Some are suggesting September as the time when these rebate checks will arrive in the mail. Regardless of which plan is finalized, most Californians can expect to receive some financial assistance to help them weather this storm.

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Tesla Driver Jumps 50 feet in Echo Park Stunt

May 26, 2022 Auto Accidents

Just after midnight on a Sunday morning in March, the driver of a rented Tesla raced up a leafy stretch

Just after midnight on a Sunday morning in March, the driver of a rented Tesla raced up a leafy stretch of Baxter Street in Los Angeles’s Echo Park neighborhood. Hitting the crest of the hill propelled the car into the air for a few seconds, sending it an estimated 50 feet or more before crash landing on its front bumper and careening into two parked cars and several garbage cans. The driver and his passengers, including a cat, abandoned the 2018 Tesla S-BLM and fled the scene, said witnesses. One of them includes the owner of a Subaru damaged in the crash–who video-recorded the aftermath on his phone.

Although it’s been called a stunt by numerous commentators on Twitter and other social media platforms, it was a hit-and-run incident. Moreover, it will get the driver slapped with hit-and-run misdemeanor charges, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

California is an at-fault insurance state

California is an at-fault insurance state. The person found to be responsible for causing the wreck and their insurance provider must pay for the costs of any property damage and personal injuries caused by the accident. However, it’s still necessary for the plaintiffs’ car accident lawyers to prove the driver’s liability to be compensated for their losses.

In the Echo Park crash, video of the entire incident, including the speeding ascent of the hill, went viral. That, compounded by witnesses’ statements of seeing the driver and passengers in the rented Tesla flee the scene, should provide sufficient evidence to support negligence claims.

In addition, there was a coordinated meetup of Tesla drivers that the rental driver attended before the wreck. This was reported by the meetup’s host, car aficionado Alex Choi, in a video post to his own YouTube channel. If the meetup is found to have played a part in motivating the stunt, it could potentially drag Choi and others into the web of liability for the accident.

With negligence claims, a plaintiff’s lawyer needs to show:

  The driver had a duty of care to operate their vehicle safely.

  The other driver breached this duty of care.

  The actions of the other driver caused the accident.

  The accident directly caused injuries or financial losses.

Further, anyone who sustains injuries in a car crash has two years to file a personal injury claim. Owners of cars and other property damaged in an accident have three years to file a property damage lawsuit–to recover economic costs such as car repairs, car rental expenses, and other expenses.

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If you have been injured in an accident involving a rental car or have had your property damaged due to the reckless conduct of a rental car driver, the attorneys at Salamati Law can help you build your claim for compensation.

We have years of experience helping clients in Los Angeles County and Southern California determine liability issues around rental car accidents. Our team will help you recover the money you deserve to cover car repairs, medical bills, lost income, and other financial losses resulting from the accident. For a free consultation, contact our Los Angeles offices right away.

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How to Avoid Common Motorcycle Accidents

August 11, 2021 Motorcycle Accidents

For motorcyclists, knowing how to avoid common accidents can be a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, drivers often do

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For motorcyclists, knowing how to avoid common accidents can be a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, drivers often do not see motorcyclists or realize how vulnerable they are, so it is up to riders to protect themselves as much as possible.  

Many motorcycle accident injuries are severe, causing long-term or permanent disability. A motorcycle accident attorney in Los Angeles at Salamati Law protects your rights while holding the party responsible for the crash liable.

Protect Yourself

It is crucial to gear up every time you ride. Motorcyclists should wear full-faced Department of Transportation helmets whenever riding and bright clothing to increase visibility. Wear pants, sleeves, and gloves made of leather or another sturdy material.

Reckless driving puts many motorcyclists at risk. Never drink before riding your motorcycle, and do not speed. Do not ride in bad weather unless necessary.

Motorcycle safety courses are not just for newbies. Even experienced riders should take refresher courses. Many of these are available online and are easy to access.

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Common Motorcycle Accident Causes

Here are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in California and ways to avoid them:

  • Motorist failing to yield at an intersection–This usually occurs because the driver does not see the motorcyclist. Whenever you are riding, make sure drivers can see you and take extra care at intersections.
  • Roadway debris–A significant percentage of accidents are due to the cyclist running into roadway detritus. Always keep an eye out for obstacles and objects in the road, as well as potholes and other pavement defects.
  • Cars turning left at an intersection–This common accident is generally due to the driver not seeing the motorcycle. The rider has just a second to take evasive action before colliding with the vehicle.
  • Parked cars and opening doors–People getting out of parked cars on the street side are not thinking about motorcycles. They fling open their doors, and a motorcyclist gets clipped. When riding along streets with parked vehicles, always pay attention to people exiting their cars.
  • Lane changing–Many accidents result from drivers looking only for other cars before changing lanes and hitting a motorcyclist. Always remain aware of the driver’s blind spots. In California, lane-splitting by motorcyclists is legal, but can be dangerous.
  • Rear-end collisions–Tailgating or speeding drivers most often rear-end motorcycles at stop signs or traffic lights, but these accidents also happen in stop-and-go traffic. Tapping the brake lights as you begin to stop can catch a driver’s attention. So can moving to the part of the lane that best allows drivers to see you.

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Contact a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a crash because of another motorist’s negligence or recklessness, contact Salamati Law and get the motorcycle accident settlement you deserve. If a family member was killed, we could discuss a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Here’s What Influences How You Are Compensated After a Motorcycle Accident

August 11, 2021 Motorcycle Accidents

How much is a motorcycle accident lawsuit worth—is a question that commonly arises at Salamati Law’s free personal injury consultations.

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How much is a motorcycle accident lawsuit worth—is a question that commonly arises at Salamati Law’s free personal injury consultations. Sometimes people want to know the average motorcycle accident settlement or the typical motorcycle accident verdict.

In truth, much work goes into case valuation. Each one has its own particulars, but several general factors influence how much a person may be entitled to. Understanding these variables can help you make the most informed decision on whether to settle, negotiate, or hold out for a trial.   

Liability and Negligence

Your ability to collect any compensation hinges upon your law firm’s ability to establish liability. California is a fault-based insurance state. This means the at-fault driver must pay for all damages. If you were driving your motorcycle at top speed and crashed in a one-vehicle accident, you are not likely entitled to anything.

On the other hand, if another party contributed to your accident, they may be liable for damages. Certain parties have a built-in “standard duty of care”—meaning motorists must exercise “reasonable care” on the road. Motorcycle manufacturers must market safe products. Governments must reasonably maintain the roadways.

California abides by a comparative negligence standard, which allows shared responsibility. Even if you were partly to blame for causing the crash, you could still collect compensation, albeit a reduced amount. For instance, if the total case value is $100,000, but it is determined you were 25% to blame, you would collect $75,000. 

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Liability and negligence can also be established through:

  • Police reports
  • Accident reconstructionist reports
  • Vehicle repair estimates
  • Photographic evidence
  • Witness testimony
  • Expert opinions (contingent on your law firm’s resources and network)

The goal is to get the other party to assume 100% liability for causing the accident. This task could be easier if they were driving without a license, speeding, driving under the influence, driving recklessly, distracted driving, running a light, or otherwise breaking the law. Public perception may factor in here, as investigating police officers, insurers, judges, and juries tend to think of motorcyclists as daredevils who flout the laws. 

Monetary Expenses

The goal of civil litigation is to “make plaintiffs whole again.” Therefore, all related expenses can be claimed. You will need detailed records to ensure accurate compensation.

The bulk of economic damages involve medical expenses and lost wages. Other monetary expenses may include legal and court fees, property damage, and special damages like the amounts paid for household jobs you previously could do—such as cleaning, cooking, or driving.

Futuremedical expenses and lost wages are also provided for in a motorcycle accident settlement or verdict. It might take testimony from a vocational specialist or medical billing expert to help estimate these costs.

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Type of Injury, Impact, and Prognosis

Motorcycle accident injuries tend to be severe by nature, as the bike weighs little compared to a passenger vehicle and offers little protection. If your injuries involved invasive surgeries and treatments and result in lasting or permanent impairment, you can expect a higher settlement or award.  

Common injuries resulting in larger compensation amounts include:

  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Burns or deep lacerations resulting in permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Injuries that give rise to complications or result in multiple surgeries
  • Joint damage
  • Organ puncture
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

The injuries caused by a motorcycle collision are not only physical but emotional as well. Anxiety, depression, loss of consortium, stress, and PTSD may not have a concrete dollar amount attached, but they are losses, nevertheless.

Compensation includes an estimated amount for all “pain and suffering” and losses in quality of life. To calculate non-economic damages, the courts may approve a daily per diem on the days spent in recovery or tally up the actual economic damages and multiply by 1-5x, depending on the severity.

Settlement or Trial

Whether a case settles or goes to trial can impact compensation amounts as well. Most cases resolve in a settlement, which is more cost-effective from a legal perspective. A fair settlement should at least cover all medical expenses, lost wages, property loss, long-term medical care, as well as an estimation of pain and suffering.

Insurance policy limits may determine the maximum compensation in some cases. In California, motorists must carry at least $15,000 in liability coverage. Carrying additional insurance, uninsured motorist coverage, or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in court are potential ways to get a higher amount to cover your losses.

By comparison, a trial costs more but also typically results in greater compensation if successful. Your attorney will advise you on which option is right for your situation. 

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Contact Us at Salamati Law for Expert Legal Representation in Southern California

No attorney can tell you exactly how much your insurance settlement or court-ordered award will be. However, you should be able to get a fair estimate of the compensation you are entitled to seek. Working with an established personal injury firm like Salamati Law will give you access to all the resources you need to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.

You only pay a legal fee upon the successful resolution of your claim, so contact us for a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles and get the motorcycle accident settlement you deserve.

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What Are the Most Common Causes of Staircase Slip and Fall Accidents?

February 17, 2021 Slip Trip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. However, they are particularly common on staircases for a number of reasons. From

Male Worker Lying On Staircase After Slip And Fall Accident

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. However, they are particularly common on staircases for a number of reasons. From faulty construction to inadequate maintenance, there are many factors that could lead to a fall in a stairwell.

If you have fallen on a staircase, you could be entitled to monetary compensation. That does not mean building a winning injury claim will be easy. By seeking the guidance of a Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer, you can put yourself in the best position to recover compensation for your injuries.

Poor Lighting

One of the most common causes of a slip and fall on the stairs can have nothing to do with the stairs themselves. Dim or inadequate lighting could make it difficult for you to navigate down a staircase safely. Often, poor lighting combines with other dangerous hazards to increase the chances of a serious injury. Some people that already struggle with depth perception could find it especially challenging to navigate dimly-lit staircases.

Lack of Handrails

Handrails are some of the most basic safety features on staircases. Handrails provide an individual with an option for steadying themselves as they ascend or descend. They also allow a person something to grab onto if they lose their balance. The lack of handrails is dangerous, as it removes one of the primary safety features available.

Poor Maintenance

Some staircases are not inherently dangerous. Instead, they become hazardous over time due to poor maintenance. Poor maintenance can manifest itself in many ways. One of the most common examples involves the accumulation of dirt, trash, or water. Thorough and regular cleaning can remove many of the most common risk factors for falls on a stairway.

Poor maintenance could also refer to the condition of the stairs themselves. Missing or broken steps pose a serious risk of injury. The same is true for loose or broken handrails. The failure to keep a staircase in a safe condition is a common cause for an injury claim after a fall.

Inadequate Design

In some cases, the design of the stairwell itself is inherently flawed. Examples of this could include stairs that are too shallow, too tall, or a combination of both. The material used in a staircase could also play a role. If the builder relied on material that is naturally slippery, a fall could become more likely.

Seek Legal Counsel After a Fall on a Staircase

If you have suffered injuries in a fall in a staircase, it might not be immediately obvious what caused the accident. Your attorney can carefully review the facts of your case to develop a theory of liability for your claim.

In many cases, your attorney can uncover evidence establishing that the building owner failed to adequately maintain the stairway in a reasonably safe manner. Let the attorneys of Salamati Law review your case and advise you on your options. Call as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation.

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