I shattered my ankle leaving church .three other people fell in the exact same spot as I .but did not break any thing . And the church is self insured . Can I compensated for my injuries ?
The fact that 3 other people fell, presumably before your incident, goes along way in establishing notice of a "defect". The sooner you employ local/qualified counsel, the better. Hopefully, you have not irreparably harmed your case by speaking (working) with the Church's third-party administrator. Good luck.
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Consult with local personal injury counsel. He/she will investigate and determine if you have a claim against the church.
Yes, you may be compensated for your injuries. Facilities (including churches) must keep their premises safe to prevent injury and protect us all from harm. This includes the families and children who enter / exit the church house on a weekly basis. If the church was on notice (other people falling) of the defective / dangerous (slippery) condition and chose to not guard against, fix. or warn of the dangerous condition, then yes, the church can and should be held accountable. You should enforce the safety rules that would have kept you safe had the church followed them.
Neither I, nor my firm represent you in this matter. This should not and is not to be construed as legal advice. For legal advice, please contact an attorney licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction.
Can you explain why so many people have fallen in the same spot? Is it a hole in the pavement or a defective stair? Please explain.
Wow--I am sorry to see you have suffered such a severe injury. In order to be successful, you will need to show that the Church or someone who designed or built the building acted negligently in the design, construction or maintenance of the building. If this is a maintenance problem, you would need to show the Church either caused the dangerous condition or knew or should have known of it before your injury and had time to make it safe before your injury occurred. You meet your burden if you can show that the condition violated a safety code or building code and the violation of that code provision was the cause of your injury. if no code violation exists, you can also prove your case by convincing a jury that the condition was unreasonably dangerous at the time of your injury.
You have a specific amount of time to pursue the case. Evidence may need to be preserved and experts will need to be retained by your lawyer. So, please contact a lawyer quickly so that your rights are preserved.
Finally, your remedies in this case do include all past medical bills suffered; future medical bills still expected to be incurred; lost wages --past and future as well as fair compensation for the pain, suffering and change in lifestyle you have gone through.
I hope the above helps.
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