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Common Household Injuries & Avoidance 101 – Who Can I Sue?

Young man holding hand on his back and expressing negativity while leaning at the cardboard box
Pain in the back. Young man holding hand on his back and expressing negativity while leaning at the cardboard box

Every year thousands of people nationwide suffer injuries in their own home in accidents that may have been preventable. The types of mishaps that can happen at home are wide-ranging. So for example, they include slips and falls, burns and even faulty gas lines explosions. Because these accidents can vary, so can the harm that’s sustained. And it ranges from minor to very severe depending on the type of mishap.

  • Mishaps that occur at home are not always the injured person’s fault.
  • In fact, many times there is someone else at fault. This is due to being a consumer of home products. Also, it is common to buy all kinds of home products.
  • So for example, food, drinks, furniture or electrical appliances are common supplies that carry certain potential risks.
  • In some cases, the home has had products installed and maintained by pros such as home designers.

When mishaps happen at home because of another party’s negligence, the injured person can seek a financial award for the damages. It is to your benefit to speak with a reputable personal injury attorney as soon as possible when you’re hurt.

Common Household Mishap Conditions.

There are some common types of issues that can cause accidents at home from the negligence by another party. And they include:

  • Improperly Installed Electrical Wiring: Sometimes electrical wiring is improperly installed. So it may cause a severe electric shock and can be a fire hazard. If this is the case, often the party or electrician that installed the wiring may become held liable for negligence.
  • Defective Appliances: Defective home appliances result in many home injuries every year. In many cases, these are electrical appliances that cause electric shock hazard, burns or fire. The most common of these appliances are for the kitchen, space heaters, battery packs, televisions, and even laptop computers.
  • Improper Flooring Installation: Improperly installed floors can cause slip, trip, and fall mishaps. That can result in serious harm. The floor issues can include torn carpet, holes or cracks in flooring and uneven floorboards. Along with unreasonably slippery flooring. Liable parties include the installer and contractor who did the flooring.
  • Defective Manufacture or Design of Home Furnishings:  People do not think their home furnishings can be harmful. But defective furniture, whether it happens during the design or manufacturing process, can be high risk for harm. This may be furniture that breaks or has become unstable. And this can cause the occupant to fall when used as what its made to use it for.

What are Some Other Types of Injuries that occur in the Home?

Many types of injuries can occur in the home due to negligence with some being less serious than others.

They include:

  • Soft tissue injuries.
  • Lacerations.
  • Burns.
  • Chemical burns.
  • Sprains.
  • Broken Bones.
  • Crush injuries.
  • Accidental amputation.
  • Neurological injuries.
  • Concussions.
  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Internal injury.

As noted above, there are many ways to become harmed in your own home or the home of another. This is true even when using products as made to use. That they can still cause extremely serious harm.  And in the event a mishap does occur, speak with a products liability injury attorney who can evaluate your claim.

They will determine if you have a case with the best way to pursue your claim. The Southern California, L. A. based Ehline Law Firm is composed of top-notch personal injury lawyers. And they can be reached toll-free at (888) 400-9721 to schedule a free consultation. If you are in a rush, use the handy email form on our website, and we can communicate through electronic means. These lawyers can help you locate and sue the people who harmed you!

Citations:

“Finally, a Super Bowl Ad That Told the Truth” Mother Jones

“Home Accidents” New England Journal of Medicine

Kids Riding Escalators – Risks Versus Benefits

Injuries are often caused by things that people don’t take care around. If a person doesn’t realize the potential danger or how to act around a certain object or in a particular situation, they are more likely to be injured. Such everyday objects can cause bodily harm across the country, including those in common places of travel or shopping, discussed here.

Shopping malls are popping up all over Los Angeles. Injury cases seem to rise the more escalators are used. Elevators are used by thousands of people every day. While these conveyors are considered quite ubiquitous, there are often many injuries from these objects every year.

Riding the escalator
Mom and two children on an escalator

Escalators do pose a particular risk for children. Kids are often either not familiar with such a means of conveyance. Or they can lose digits or limbs that can be stuck in one of the moving parts. These can often occur because the companies that build, install, or maintain these machines are not responsible for their operation.

As such, poorly damaged, improperly maintained, or unsafe escalators have caused severe injuries of all types. Landlords, in particular, are targets for pi lawyers. This is because they typically have large insurance policies for the premises, as well as assets to cover any runaway jury verdicts.

Why is Maintenance So Important for Escalators?

Escalators, if maintained and built correctly, often function in the manner that they are meant to. However, those that leave elevators in dangerous conditions should be held responsible for their actions.

If an escalator accident has injured your child, there could be mounting medical bills, physical and emotional scarring. And even the amputation of a digit can happen. Make sure that your insurance company accurately covers the damage caused by such an accident.

So this includes all of the medical expenses current and future. Also, the wild parties that led to such an incident could be challenged in and out of court.

A Skilled Attorney Can Attack The Case!

Facing the injury of a loved one, you are likely not able to lead such an attack yourself. The aid of a skilled attorney specialized in personal injury and escalator accidents will allow you the opportunity to seek compensation. This is money for your bills, pain, and anguish. You’re not alone, and if successful, you will also help prevent a similar accident happening to another child.

Contact a skilled attorney at Ehline Law today for more information. We work on contingency– not asking for a penny unless we gain compensation for you. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will come to meet you anywhere in Southern California to assist. Call us today for a free, no-pressure consultation.

More:

“Riding the Escalator: How Dangerous is it?” – Louisa H. Schminke, MD, Victor Jeger, MD, Dimitrios S. Evangelopoulos, MD, Ph.D., Heinz Zimmerman, MD, and Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos, MD – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (link.)

“Escalator-related injuries among children in the United States,” 1990-2002. McGeehan J1, Shields BJ, Wilkins JR 3rd, Ferketich AK, Smith GA. – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (link.)

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