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Trip and Fall Injury Over Parking Block Stops

Rows of car parking blocks precisely aligned in a parking lightParking blocks serve an important role, making sure that your car is in the bay properly. However, when placed improperly, parking blocks might be at risk of becoming a tripping hazard. If this happens, the parking lot owner might be held liable for your trip and fall accident and you should consult with a personal injury lawyer.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the things you need to know about a parking block trip and fall.

What Injuries Can Occur From A Trip And Fall On A Parking Block Stop?

In most cases, parking blocks can leave you with serious injuries, because of the tough parking lot surface. In some cases, you might fall forwards onto the concrete. This can cause you to develop a broken arm or leg. In other cases, you might fall onto your hips. It can take months for the bones to fully heal again.

In more serious cases, you might fall onto your head or spine. When this happens, there’s a chance that you could be left with a lifelong disability. In some cases, serious impacts to the head can cause cognitive decline. Spinal injuries can cause mobility issues. 

Because of these serious risks, it’s important to take a little time after the injury to make sure that you have fully recovered. If you suspect that you have a serious injury, call an ambulance. This will ensure that you can get the medical attention that you need.

Who Is Liable For A Trip And Fall Accident?

For your claim to go ahead, you will need to prove that there was premises liability. This means proving that the owner of the property owed you a duty of care and that they violated this responsibility.  There are a few things that you will need to prove to establish this. First, you might have to show that they knew that you would be there and that you were an invited guest. In many cases, if you were in a shopping center, apartment complex, condominium complex, or an establishment where you were a customer, the business will owe you a duty of care. If you were on private property, you’ll need to show that the owner expected you to be there. If you were trespassing, you might not be able to make a claim.

Next, you’ll need to prove that the owners of the building did something wrong, which caused the trip and fall accident. This can often be the hardest part of the claim and will require a skilled personal injury lawyer. In this case, they will need to look at the conditions in the parking lot and the way the block was placed.

To have a strong claim, your personal injury lawyer will need to show that the owners of the parking lot were negligent. For example, they might be able to prove that the parking lot doesn’t comply with local building codes. They might also be able to show clear defects, like cracks in the concrete. Another important factor is where the block was located. If it’s at an odd angle or is blocking your path, this might strengthen your case.

Liability can also depend on your actions. When walking through a parking lot, it is important to look where you’re going. If you were not paying attention, and trip and fall, the parking lot owner might not be held liable. Obstacles, like parking blocks, need to be made obvious to pedestrians. For example, some parking lots may color the block in a bright yellow or put reflective stickers on them. This will help them stand out. The parking lot owner will also need to make sure that the parking area is well-lit so that you’ll be able to detect any obstacles. If they do this, and you have an accident, they might not be responsible for any damages that you received.

Your personal injury lawyer will need to examine the circumstances of the trip and fall accident closely, to determine where you will be entitled to any compensation. As you can imagine, there are a lot of factors to consider. For example, they will often need to take into consideration the weather and the time of day, as these affect the conditions in the parking lot.

What To Do After A Parking Block Trip And Fall?

As we mentioned, there is a high risk that you will develop a parking lot wheel stop trip and fall injury. Because of this, you should try to avoid moving too much after the accident. Give yourself some time to make sure that you didn’t receive any serious injuries. If you did, you should contact an ambulance. Even if you don’t think you were seriously hurt, you should go see a doctor after the accident. There is a chance that adrenaline might be masking a more serious injury.

You should also make sure to take plenty of pictures. This can form vital evidence for your lawyer, helping you win your case. As we mentioned, it can often be difficult to prove liability, so any supporting evidence you can gather will help. If there was anyone who witnessed the events, make sure to get their name and number. Witnesses can swear to an affidavit, backing up your version of events. 

As you are recovering, keep any important paperwork that you receive. For example, you’ll want to retain things like doctors’ notes and invoices. These can help prove that your injuries were directly caused by the accident. Your lawyer will be able to discuss other documents that you might need to obtain to build a strong case.

Contact The Injury Firm

As you can imagine, establishing premises liability on a parking block trip and fall can be very difficult. Because of this, you’ll need to make sure that you get a skilled personal injury lawyer. At The Injury Firm, we will make sure that you get the compensation that you are entitled to. Our team will examine all the circumstances of the accident to show that negligence occurred. We’ll build the strongest case, to give you the best chance at getting a positive outcome. So, get in touch today to learn how we can help you.  For a FREE CONSULTATION call 954-951-0000

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