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Parking Lot Control Arm / Gate Injury Lawyers

Injured by a parking lot control arm or gate? The experienced and
trusted attorneys at DLG will fight to recover you maximum financial compensation.

Los Angeles Parking Lot Control Arm & Gate Injury Lawyers

Though not necessarily a common injury, accidents involving parking lot control arms or gates can be quite devastating when they occur. Serious injuries and even fatalities have been reported as a result of parking lot control arm or gate malfunctions. When such an incident occurs, the injured party could be entitled to substantial financial compensation for various types of damages.

Below we will look at what types of injuries are often caused as a result of accidents involving parking lot control arms or gates, discuss what types of damages may be recoverable, and review how to file a personal injury lawsuit with the top-rated attorneys at Dordulian Law Group.

Parking Lot Control Arms and Gates

Parking Lot Control Arm and Gate Injury Lawyers
Parking lots will often utilize control arms or gates to ensure patrons are appropriately paying for their time. Such measures are also a good means of controlling traffic and monitoring the number of cars coming in and out of a parking lot facility or structure.

While rare, parking lot control arms or gates can either malfunction or open/close unexpectedly, often resulting in injuries to unsuspecting patrons.

Common Injuries Resulting from Parking Lot Control Arm or Gate Accidents

Common Injuries Resulting from Parking Lot Control Arm or Gate Accidents

Parking lot control arms and gates can serve as a means of security, but when they don’t function properly serious injuries can occur. Let’s review some of the more common injuries that can result from parking lot control arm or gate accidents/malfunctions:

When an injury or fatality occurs due to a parking lot control arm or gate accident, the affected party (or surviving family members) may be entitled to significant financial compensation through a personal injury civil lawsuit with Dordulian Law Group.

What are the Common Causes of Parking Lot Control Arm/Gate Injuries?

Parking lot control arm and gate injuries can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the more common scenarios leading to serious injuries from parking lot control arms or gates include:

Walking Underneath an Open Control Arm/Through an Open Gate: Pedestrians entering and exiting parking lots or structures – whether after parking their vehicles or simply on foot as a patron or guest – can suddenly be struck by an opening/closing control arm or gate. Such a scenario can lead to crushing, striking, or impaling an unsuspecting passerby.

Defective Control Arm or Gate: Parking lot control arms and gates can malfunction, short circuit, or simply open/close with too much force or too quickly. Whether opening/closing or continuously moving up and down/back and forth, these defects can lead to serious and even catastrophic injuries or fatalities.

Device Closing When Vehicles Entering/Exiting: While you may feel protected sitting inside your vehicle, parking lot control arms or gates closing/opening unexpectedly can still cause serious injuries. The force of a closing/opening control arm or gate can actually crush a vehicle and severely injure the driver/passengers inside.

Improper Maintenance or Upkeep: Parking lot control arms and gates need to be maintained regularly. Failing to do so – whether by the parking lot owners or property managers – can lead to malfunctions and serious injuries.

Standard Wear and Tear: Parking lot control arms and gates open and close countless times every day. Accordingly, wear and tear can lead to malfunctions and accidents resulting in serious injuries.

Defective Automation: Many parking lot control arms and gates operate through automation. This can be convenient, but it also allows for potential malfunction or error leading to accidents involving serious or catastrophic injuries (or, in tragic cases, fatalities).

Human Operator Error: Some parking lot control arms or gates are operated by workers and, as we’re all subject to operator error at one point or another, such a scenario can lead to serious injuries impacting patrons entering/exiting lots or structures.

Who is Liable for a Parking Lot Control Arm or Gate Injury?

Who is Liable for a Parking Lot Control Arm or Gate Injury?

When parking lot control arm or gate accidents occur, there are typically two options for liability. The first involves property owner or manager responsibility. The second involves product liability, which may fall on the manufacturer of the parking lot control arm or gate. Let’s review these two options in greater detail.

Parking Lot Owner/Property Manager Liability: If a parking lot owner or property manager fails to maintain the control arm machines or gates, they may be held liable for substantial damages in the event that an accident leading to injury or death occurs. It is incumbent upon the parking lot owners or property managers to maintain a safe environment for patrons – this is what’s known as a duty of care in personal injury law. If a duty of care is breached as a result of negligence, carelessness, or malice, the injured party could be entitled to a maximum damages award.

Defective Product Liability: In instances where the parking lot owners or managers have kept up with inspections and maintained equipment properly, the liability for a control arm or gate accident leading to injury could fall on the manufacturer of the device. Companies that produce automated parking lot control arms and gates have a duty of care to provide equipment that does not pose a danger to the public. When such equipment fails or malfunctions and causes an injury, the manufacturer could be held liable.

What Damages are Recoverable After a Parking Lot Control Arm/Gate Injury?

What Damages are Recoverable After a Parking Lot Control Arm/Gate Injury?

Some of the more common damages recoverable after a parking lot control arm or gate injury are as follows:

  • Hospital and medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Psychological distress
  • Emotional trauma

In instances where a tragic fatality occurs as a result of a parking lot control arm or gate accident, the decedent’s surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover various damages. Some common damages recoverable through a wrongful death claim include:

Economic Damages Without Limitation:

  • The financial support the deceased would have contributed to the family during their lifetime
  • The loss of gifts or benefits the heirs could have expected to receive from the deceased
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • The reasonable value of household services the deceased would have provided
  • Medical bills and other expenses incurred
  • Value of lost benefits, such as the decedent’s pension or health insurance

Non-Economic Damages Without Limitation:

  • Compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support
  • Protection
  • Affection
  • Moral support
  • Training and guidance
  • Sexual relations

California wrongful death lawsuits typically do not include punitive damages, as state law dictates they only be awarded in cases of serious or malicious wrongdoing in an effort to punish the liable party. However, when applicable, punitive damages are not capped in the state of California.

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What is the Deadline for Filing a Parking Lot Control Arm/Gate Injury Lawsuit?

In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is almost always two years from the date that the incident occurred. However, if an injured victim is pursuing a claim against a government entity or other specific at-fault party, the statute of limitations could be much shorter (sometimes only six months).

Accordingly, it is recommended that injured victims contact an experienced parking lot control arm/gate injury accident lawyer immediately following an incident. Taking quick action will increase your chances of success and also ensure your claim is filed timely, properly, and in accordance with all state and local regulations.

Contact California’s Leading Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation

When you’re injured in a parking lot control arm or gate incident, the recovery process can be arduous and last for several months or even years. If your injury was a result or negligence, you could be entitled to substantial financial compensation which allows you to make a complete recovery on your own terms – physically, emotionally, and financially.

Damages awards can help cover the cost of medical care and rehabilitation, but they can also help injured victims move forward with financial compensation that can be used as necessary. At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we’ve helped countless injured victims secure the maximum damages awards they deserve for various types of claims.

Founded by former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian, DLG is California’s leading personal injury firm with experience and proven results that simply can’t be matched by most other firms. As a Deputy District Attorney, Dordulian helped victims obtain justice in criminal cases. Today, he helps injured victims recover maximum financial compensation for all types of accidents.

Contact our top-rated team of expert personal injury attorneys online or by phone today to pursue justice and secure a financial award for damages.

Parking lot control arm and gate accident lawsuits fall under what’s known as premises liability claims. At DLG, we’ve successfully helped clients recover multi-million dollar damages awards recently through premises liability lawsuits. Some examples include:

  • Spinal Cord Injury Due to Lobby Furniture Collapse: In the case of Mrs. H., a fall on a bench at a Los Angeles-area property left her with a serious spinal cord injury. Despite the exorbitant medical bills and care she required into the future, the insurance company attempted to settle the claim for a mere $5,000. But at DLG, we always fight for the maximum financial compensation our clients deserve. Our skilled and experienced attorneys turned that $5,000 into a $3.25 million settlement by applying our decades of knowledge and experience.
  • Teenager at Trampoline Park Sustains Serious Injury: A teenager at a trampoline park suffered a serious injury when an exposed bolt fractured his patella. Again, the insurance company tried to offer $5,000 for such a severe injury claim. But we don’t settle for less than maximum financial compensation for our clients. Rather, the DLG team persevered, ultimately recovering $1.1 million for the injured teenager.

Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free and no obligation consultation.

When you’re injured in parking lot control arm or gate accident, you need an experienced and proven attorney to handle your claim. With more than 25 years of personal injury expertise and over 100 jury trial victories, Sam Dordulian offers injured victims peace of mind knowing their claims are in the best possible hands.

When you bring us your parking lot control arm or gate claim, we’ll assess the facts of your case and help you determine the best path forward. Additionally, we’ll be able to provide you with an estimate for how much a possible settlement or verdict might be worth.

At DLG, our skill, experience, and proven results are unparalleled. Additionally, we provide each and every client with the professionalism, personalized attention, and compassion they deserve. Parking lot control arm/gate accident victims throughout the nation consistently turn to DLG to handle their claims, obtain justice, and recover maximum financial compensation on their behalf because of our experience, advantages, and results:

  • More than $100,000,000 recovered in settlements and verdicts
  • A 98% success record
  • More than 100 jury trial victories
  • Former Deputy District Attorney for L.A. County
  • In-house Chief Investigator/retired LAPD detective
  • More than 25 years of personal injury experience

To file a claim, contact an experienced, trusted, and proven parking lot control arm/gate accident injury attorney from DLG today for a free and no obligation consultation at 818-322-4056.

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