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Who Pays if the Smoke Detectors Don't Work?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Home fires are an absolute nightmare, but that is compounded by the fact that if your smoke detectors aren't working, you may have little warning of what is happening. When a smoke detector doesn't work, you could find your home engulfed in flames and could sustain substantial burns and smoke inhalation from it, not to mention home damage. However, if your smoke detector isn't working, who pays for it?

The bad news is that if your smoke detector wasn't functioning due to low or no battery in it, and you own your own home, you are responsible for it. However, if you rent your home, then it is a landlord's responsibility to check and maintain smoke detectors. Failure to keep smoke alarms in working order means that your landlord can be held responsible for it regardless of if the apartments or homes were kept up to city code in all other requirements.

While it is a landlord's responsibility to ensure that smoke alarms are working, even if you own your own home, if your smoke alarm did not go off regardless of battery, it could be a defect from the company. The major problem with this is proving it. Often smoke alarms suffer substantial damages in the fire, and if this is the case, then your case against the company goes up in flames with it.

If you have been burned in a house fire due to a poorly maintained or malfunctioning smoke alarms, contact us today so we can talk about all your available options.

Trucking Accidents and Hazardous Chemicals

Friday, August 25, 2017

Commercial trucks haul a lot of cargo, and on occasion, the truck driver might not even know what they are hauling. In many cases, it doesn't matter. However, the cargo can matter if they get into an accident with another driver, particularly when that truck is hauling hazardous chemicals.

Hopefully, a trucking accident is not major enough to bring the cargo into play. While many times the other vehicle sustains significant damage due to the large nature of commercial trucks, typically the commercial trucks don't come out with huge amounts of damage themselves. However, in major accidents, commercial trucks can tip and spill their cargo everywhere. What happens if that cargo was hazardous chemicals?

If you were in a trucking accident and were exposed to hazardous chemicals, that isn't the truck driver's fault, it is the shippers. Particularly if the shipper failed to tell the driver the sensitive nature of the chemicals, they can be held responsible for any adverse effects from exposure. However, if the driver was in full knowledge, then the trucking company is still responsible but drivers can also go after the shipper for chemical-related injuries as well.

In general, truck accidents are extremely dangerous and that fact is compounded by the occasional dangerous nature of their cargo. If you were hurt in a trucking accident, or worse, hurt by the hazardous cargo of a truck, contact us today. The Law Offices of Freeman and Freeman are dedicated to representing the rights of the injured to make sure they get the justice and compensation that they deserve.

4 Places Where Slip and Fall Injuries Are Common

Friday, August 18, 2017

yellow-slippery-when-wet-warning-sign-on-tile-floorWhen suffering a slip and fall on someone else’s premises, and the owner of the premises was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation. Slip and falls can happen anywhere, even when you least expect it. Here are common places where slip and falls occur.

When Delivering Packages

Do you deliver stuff for a livelihood? Whether you deliver mail, packages, pizza or flowers, the owner of the property has invited you on their premises and is responsible for keeping you safe from any hazards. If the owner was negligent -- for example, if they failed to remove black ice from their front steps, you may be entitled to compensation.

In Hotels

Hotels may owe you compensation if you slip and fall as a result of their negligence. However, not every slip and fall will result in compensation; hotels have lawyers to help them get out of situations like this. If an employee spilled a drink on the floor and caused you to slip, the hotel will probably be responsible. If you slipped in the shower because of a broken mat, that might also be the hotel’s fault.

In Stores

Stores, including groceries and restaurants, are also required to keep you safe from any hazards. If a waiter spilled oil on the floor and failed to clean it up, you will probably be entitled to compensation. Of course, you will have to prove that they were negligent.

Workplaces

Slip and falls are also common in the workplace. If your employer was negligent, you have a case against them. An example would be faulty equipment that caused you to fall.

Suffered a needless slip and fall? Contact us today for help!

5 Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Suffering a slip and fall injury is never fun. If you slip and fall as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Here are the steps you should take after a slip and fall on someone else’s property.

Call Medical Help

The first thing to do is take care of yourself. Get medical help so that you can be checked for any broken or sprained bones or other injuries. Having a medical assessment will also give you the opportunity to get documentation about the nature of your injuries.

Document the Evidence

Before leaving the scene, make sure to document the evidence. Take notes of your account. Take pictures of the area and of the things that caused your fall (for example, an icy stairway). This way, the property owner won’t be able to hide the evidence after you leave.

Collect Witnesses

Were there any people who witnessed what happened? Get their names and contact details so you can get in touch with them and collaborate your account. Witnesses are important when the property owner is denying your story.

Keep Your Mouth Shut

Don’t make any statements to the property owner or their lawyers that can be used against you to minimize your compensation. Don’t talk to the insurance agency before you talk to a lawyer. It’s best not to post about your case on social media either.

Get Legal Help

Finally, it’s time to contact an attorney. An experienced lawyer will be able to get your case through all the necessary channels. This way, you will get all the compensation that you deserve.

Suffered a slip and fall injury? Contact us today for help!

Personal Injury - Don't Live With Regrets

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Whether you suffered a personal injury from an auto accident that wasn't your fault or being attacked by your neighbor's dog, you are aware of the stress it causes and how it can complicate your life. How many of you were like me and thought you could handle everything on your own? Are you too like me and living with the regret of not seeking out the help of a personal injury lawyer.

About 22 years ago, I was in an auto accident that was not my fault. I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, a broken nose, and some facial scars. Approximately 10 months after the accident, I received a call from the person's insurance company wanting to talk about how much they were willing to pay for my personal injuries. I accepted their offer after they gave me a little more for my broken nose. Looking back, I now realize that I made a huge mistake of not talking to a personal injury lawyer before signing off on the amount the insurance company agreed to pay.

I didn't realize at the time that it takes a year for the swelling to go completely down in a broken nose. Shortly after the year mark, I started getting pain in my nose that sometimes lasts for several days and still periodically get the pain.

Do you think that the insurance company knew this when they called 10 months after the accident? I suspect they did. If they knew, I am willing to bet a personal injury lawyer would too or would have at least been able to tell me what to consider when making my decision.

My advice to everyone is, don't be like me and think that you can handle everything on your own. There are people who want to help you and have experience dealing with the games that these companies play to get out of paying you what you deserve. For my injuries, I should have received 10 times the amount that I did; I was young and naive. I now have to live with the regret of not seeking out the help of a personal injury law firm such as Freeman & Freeman in Los Angeles. So don't live with regret, contact Freeman & Freeman on the contact us page of their website.


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