Upon entering a Vons grocery store, the automatic doors malfunctioned, and slammed shut on my hips, then 'froze' in the open position. This has caused slight brusing on my hips, but my back snapped up when this happened, causing it and my neck to now be out of alignment. I was asked to fill out an accident report, and did. Is the store liable for my chiropractic costs, and if so, what else should they cover, or offer compensation for? Thank you for your time and imput!
Assuming we can prove that the store is responsible for the malfunctioning door (and it likely is), the store is responsible for reasonable and necessary medical bills, any lost earnings you might suffer and for general damages (commonly known as pain an suffering).
I suggest you consult with an attorney experienced in handling injury claims.
They may be responsible. You would need to establish legal negligence. An attorney who is qualified in personal injury law and regularly practices in Diamond Bar is the best person to assist you. You should not speak with the store or their representatives. Good luck.
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If the door malfunctioned and they had prior notice that this happened or were negligent in the maintenance of the door (thereby creating the dangerous condition), you may be entitled to present and future medical bills, pain and suffering and lost earnings, among other things.
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I agree with the other attorneys. The store may be liable if its failure to maintain or properly service the door caused your injuries.
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A colleague of mine handled a similar case and got a good result. In his case, the client suffered serious leg injury that required surgery. In addition to the store, there may be some liability on the part of a maintenance or service company that last inspected the doors. It is certainly a case that many attorneys in California would probably be willing to review and possibly handle.
I handled a case with some extremely similar facts and have since found that this, unfortunately and horrifyingly, is something that happens more often the we all would like to think. In my case the particular door had a history. In other cases, the failure to properly maintain the door mechanism as required can in fact be determined. You need to retain an experienced trial lawyer in your jurisdiction who can be aggressive about this.
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