Thursday, March 27, 2014

Suing for Damages after a Slip and Fall Injury as a Tenant

As a tenant, you always expect that the property you are occupying is safe from any hazardous conditions. As any reasonable person should, it is your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that the whole complex, including every room, is free from anything that could potentially injure you and your co-tenants. Unfortunately, there have been incidents of slip and fall inside and outside properties being occupied by tenants, causing injuries to the latter. Even though your landlord, by law, can’t and isn’t expected to protect you or your other tenants from such situations, you are still entitled to your right to seek compensation from him or her. In this regard, it is imperative that you devise a claim right away.

Basically, a slip and fall accident occurs when you slipped or tripped and then fell forward or backward, causing you injuries. Dangerous conditions that may cause you injuries include broken steps on the staircase, slippery floors, lack of lighting on stairwells and corridors, and other conditions brought about by inclement weather, such as rain and ice. If you get injured in any of the abovementioned situations and you believe your landlord failed to address the condition, then you may claim for damages against him or her, demanding compensation for whatever losses you incurred.

However, it is important that your claim should establish that the landlord was indeed negligent. In this case, you need to show in your claim these elements:

  • The landlord has a duty of exercise reasonable care;
  • The landlord failed to perform said duty;
  • The failure to perform said duty resulted in you getting hurt.
  • The accident resulted in physical and/or financial injuries.

More importantly, you must also establish in your claim that your landlord must have knew the hazardous condition before your accident, or the condition itself had been existing for a long time enough for him or her to have known of it.

If you suffered an injury in a property as a tenant, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately. Moreover, since you are claiming for damages, you need to have legal assistance, and that is through an expert personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. Basically, your legal counsel must have experience in handling various personal injury claims, including those stemming from slip and fall accidents. Your attorney will guide you throughout the process of the claim, in which you may have the chance to recover compensation for the losses you incurred, from medical costs, future medical care, to emotional damages. You may likewise be advised to contact witnesses and assist you in gathering pieces of evidence in order for your claim to be strengthened.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Salma Hayek’s Brother Crashes $100,000-worth Ford GT onto a Truck

It seemed like just another jackass on a sports car driving and crashing it, but authorities were in for a surprise as soon as they start investigating. As the police checked on a sports car that slammed into a truck along the Bel-Air are of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, they found out it was 40-year-old furniture designer, Sami Hayek, the brother of popular actress Salma that was behind the wheel of that 2006 Ford GT that lost control.

Further investigations revealed that the sports car lost control, crossed into the west bound lanes of Sunset Boulevard before it finally crashed with a 2011 Toyota Tacoma. The Los Angeles Police Department also found Hayek’s male passenger, 43-year-old Ian Cuttler Sala of New York, died at the scene of the accident. A known photographer in the entertainment industry, Cuttler won a Grammy Award for best art direction ffor the movie “Johnny Cash: The Legend” box set music package. As for Sayek, he only suffered several broken ribs as well as a laceration to his head.

On the other hand, 20-year-old Alvin Gomez of Los Angeles suffered a broken foot and complained of body pain. He happened to be the driver of the Tacoma that Hayek and his Cuttler collided head on to. Both Hayek and Gomez were taken to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Because of what happened to him, Gomez can actually file a personal injury claim against Hayek, a Los Angeles car accident attorney said. This could help him pay for the damages caused by the accident to his truck, pay for the hospital bills that he has incurred and will continue to incur in the next few days to weeks, and as compensation for the pain and suffering that the accident caused him and his family.

It is no secret that the $130,000 Ford GT sports car Hayek was driving is powerful enough to reach a top speed of over 205 mph. However, for now, the police department is still investigating as to what really caused Hayek to lose control of the vehicle. That is why the LAPD is encouraging everybody who has knowledge about the accident to please contact the West Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Tirella or Officer Hutchings at (213) 473-0234 to help resolve the case immediately.