Doors are virtually everywhere these days, in shopping malls, homes, office buildings, supermarkets, hotels and anywhere else you could think of. In most cases, doors work flawlessly without wreaking any havoc but when they are defective or do malfunction, they could inflict serious harm on an individual. If you or someone close to you is a victim of a door injury, it is advisable that they contact a lawyer because such an injury could be categorized as a personal injury. Some doors, whether sliding or revolving can be extremely heavy and if the strike someone, serious and long-term injuries could be inflicted. Some of the possible causes of door injuries include improper installation, poor maintenance, faulty or missing components and failure to inspect on a regular basis.
Business owners are obliged to ensure that their premises are safe for their clients, an obligation that extends to making sure that the doors are functioning properly and in good condition. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the business owner to maintain and inspect the doors as frequently as possible.
Individuals who have been injured by a door can easily recover compensation for the injuries inflicted if they successfully present their case in court. Normally, the plaintiff will receive compensation for the medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, property damage, therapy costs and any other kind of loss arising from the door accident. And if you lose a loved one from a door accident, you are obviously entitled to wrongful death compensation including the burial costs and funeral expenses. Wrongful death claims are very complicated and as such should be made through a lawyer.
In different states, there is a specific time period within which one should file their personal injury claim, from a week to almost four years. Failure to adhere to the set time limit could mean losing the right to any form of compensation.
Instances of victims receiving compensation for door injuries are not new. In the year 2012, Amy Skinger was struck on the head by a piece of metal as she was walking into a Wells Fargo retail office. This resulted in the victim suffering from degenerative disease in the neck and multiple sclerosis. On filling a law suit, Amy Skinger was awarded $4.5 million for the disability, emotional distress, medical bills and the pain and suffering the accident had caused on her. This is evidence enough that a door injury can be classified as a personal injury and that a victim is liable for compensation.