Aug 13, 2021
A chair break leading to a fall can be a source of comic relief in many movies or television shows. A common example can be found in a scene from the film “Shallow Hal” starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow. At a lunch date, Paltrow’s character falls to the floor when her chair suddenly collapses and breaks apart.
While this may be accepted as entertainment when depicted on-screen, falls in everyday life can actually be quite serious, often leading to severe injuries that can require significant and long-term medical attention.
When you suffer an injury as a result of a fall from a broken chair or other piece of faulty furniture, what legal recourse do you have to help cover losses endured such as hospital or medical expenses, pain and suffering, or lost wages?
Below we will review all the information you need related to broken chair falls, including the types of injuries that commonly occur, the legal options injured victims have for recovering financial compensation, and how to file a personal injury claim properly and timely in accordance with the statute of limitations.
Broken chair injuries can happen virtually anywhere: at a restaurant, a park, a concert or sporting event, a theatre, a bar, a salon, a coffee shop, or a lobby at any random office building. When chairs are old, faulty, or improperly maintained, they can give way and collapse, leaving the victim seriously injured.
Businesses as well as private homes have a duty of care to provide a safe environment for any visitor – whether a consumer or a guest. Everything from the floors to the stairs to the chairs available in the waiting rooms need to be regularly checked for any possible defects.
In the majority of cases, broken chair injuries are not a result of the victim’s carelessness, but rather due to negligence on the part of the property or business owner.
When broken chair injuries occur, who should be responsible for covering any resulting medical or hospital bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages? If you sat on a chair in a public or private location and it suddenly collapsed (leaving you seriously injured), should you be forced to pay substantial sums of money for medical care and other expenses? If the injury was due to no fault of your own, you absolutely should not be responsible for the many losses that can impact a victim after a broken chair accident.
If negligence was involved, the property owner or management company should be held liable and therefore responsible for paying you – the injured victim – a maximum financial damages award.
Broken chairs can cause serious injuries of varying types and degrees. Some of the most common types of broken chair injuries include:
These injuries can lead to substantial losses – both economic and non-economic. Losses in personal injury claims are commonly referred to as damages. In broken chair injury cases, there are a number of damages that can be pursued.
Let’s break down the most common damages into two categories: economic and non-economic (while also understanding that there may be other types of damages that could apply to your case – these are simply the most common examples).
Economic Damages for Broken Chair Injuries:
Non-Economic Damages for Broken Chair Injuries:
Proving damages – particularly those in the non-economic category which are subjective and difficult to quantify – can be challenging. This is one of the many important reasons why hiring a skilled, experienced, qualified, and proven personal injury attorney to handle your broken chair injury claim is so important.
Hiring an inexperienced or undedicated lawyer to handle your claim could leave you with mounting bills and financial hardship. Don’t settle for anything less than the experience, dedication, and proven results that can be found at Dordulian Law Group (DLG).
When you’re searching for an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney to handle the important responsibility that is your broken chair claim, you should conduct thorough research as well as due diligence to determine which attorney will offer you the best chance at success through their experience, qualifications, past results, and satisfied client reviews. Moreover, you should only obtain the representation of a qualified attorney who has successfully handled broken chair cases for previous clients – not having that particular experience could be an extreme disadvantage.
At DLG, we’ve helped countless injured victims secure the maximum financial compensation they deserve for various types of personal injury claims:
Our renowned Premises Liability Division was recognized for obtaining one of the Top 20 Premises Liability Verdicts in California for a 2019 case involving a 17-year-old young man who suffered a severe injury at a trampoline park.
Although the at-fault parties initially denied negligence and offered a mere $5,000 settlement for such a serious injury, DLG took the case to court, fighting for our client’s right to maximum compensation.
In the end, despite the at-fault party’s attempt to argue that a waiver signed by the injured victim excluded them from any liability, we secured a favorable verdict in the amount of $1,105,500.
In another premises liability case – this time involving a woman sitting on a lobby bench that collapsed and caused her to suffer a severe spinal cord injury – we were able to secure a multi-million dollar settlement on her behalf.
The property management company tried to skirt responsibility for the broken bench, and initially only offered our client $5,000 for her serious injuries. But we fought to help her recover the maximum damages award she deserved, and in the end successfully obtained $3.25 million for the broken bench which collapsed beneath her in the building’s lobby.
Our founder and president, Sam Dordulian, previously served as Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. In that role, Dordulian successfully obtained over 100 jury trial victories – demonstrating a level of skill and experience that simply can’t be found at most other firms.
With Dordulian’s courtroom experience, we prepare every broken chair injury case for trial, which means we’ll never settle for anything less than a maximum financial damages award for your injury.
Additionally, DLG offers unparalleled experience and proven results that provide injured clients with the peace of mind they need to focus on what’s most important – their physical recovery and overall well-being.
DLG’s experience and proven results translate into advantages – advantages that are an example of the level of personalized dedication and commitment we make to each and every client:
Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.
Contact DLG today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free consultation to discuss your broken chair injury claim and begin the process towards obtaining justice for your pain and suffering and recovering the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
We’re standing by to serve as your aggressive and dedicated legal advocate, and we will not rest until you make a complete recovery – physically, emotionally, and financially.
For a broken chair injury, the best call you can make is to the experienced personal injury lawyers at DLG.
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