Poor Lighting, Premises Liability, and Personal Injury
How Poor Lighting Can Cause Accidents and Personal Injuries
Poor lighting may play a factor in causing serious accidents. There are a variety of circumstances that involve an injury relating to this issue. Common areas where these injuries take place include:
- Parking lots, or
If your injury was caused by poor lighting on someone else’s property, you have the right to file a claim for compensation.
Common Injuries From Poor Lighting
Lack of proper lighting makes it difficult for individuals to see where they are walking. There are several types of injuries that may result from this, depending on the situation. Here are a list of potential injuries that may be caused by poor lighting:
- Broken bones,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Hip fractures, or
- Traumatic brain injuries.
An example of an injury could be an individual walking across a dim lit hallway where there are objects scattered around. The individual may potentially trip or fall down from not being able to see where they are going, thus sustaining an injury. More severe circumstances may involve an individual walking up or down the stairs where there is poor lighting. Chances of fracturing a bone is very likely.
Responsibility for Poor Lighting Accidents
If your injury was caused by the negligence or lack of care of the property owner, then they may be held liable. It is their responsibility to make sure their property is safe for all individuals who step foot in it. Poor lighting is considered as a foreseeable injury risk. This is why it is important for property owners to take notice of issues like these immediately before they are faced with a lawsuit for not acting quickly enough.
When it comes to poor lighting premises liability claims, it would be highly recommended to show proof that:
- You were legally on the property. This is to make sure that no assumptions are being made that you were trespassing.
- You were walking in an unsafe environment where there was poor lighting. The owner knew or should have known about the issue prior to your injury in order to fix it right away.
- You suffered your injuries because of their negligence and carelessness. As stated before, the property owner has the responsibility of maintaining their buildings and making sure they are in good condition for all individuals to utilize. Not caring about the condition of the building, along with choosing to ignore dangerous conditions, will create a higher chance of more injuries occurring.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you believe you were injured due to the poor lighting at an individual’s property, West Coast Trial Lawyers will provide you with experienced premises liability attorneys to handle your case to get you the best results for your settlement. Our premises liability attorneys will help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.