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Gas Station Pump Malfunction Slip and Fall

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How often do you visit gas stations? Most people, depending on the total time that they drive, visit gas stations to fill up their cars anywhere approximately every few days to once every two weeks, for instance. For most, visits to gas stations are quick – they pull up to the gas pumps, pump gas, and drive away. However, for others, visits to a gas station can be very dangerous.

There are a number of incidents that people could experience at gas stations, including slip and fall accidents (one of the most common types of personal injury accidents). Slip and fall accidents can result in a number of dangerous injuries. In general, slip and fall incidents at gas stations can be associated with gas spills (due to malfunctioning gas pumps).

Did you or a member of your family suffer a slip and fall accident caused by a malfunctioning gas pump? If so, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue for a gas station pump malfunction slip and fall accident, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible to learn more about your right to sue.

You can trust the experts at Kenmore Law Group to provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. At Kenmore Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including slip and fall accident claims. Our lawyers have successfully represented countless victims of slip and fall accidents and helped them recover the compensation that they are owed. Would you like to discuss your claim with the experts at our firm? If so, contact our firm today.

The Injuries Resulting from Gas Station Slip and Falls

Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common types of personal injury accidents; they can occur at any time and practically anywhere. Slip and fall accidents can lead to many injuries, some of which could include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Ligament injuries
  • Muscle injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Scrapes and bruises
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Unfortunately, some of the combinations of injuries that victims could suffer can be fatal. Some injuries could lead to paralysis (either paraplegia or quadriplegia). Regardless of the specific injuries that you or a member of your family suffered, you should seek legal assistance immediately to explore your right to sue.

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Understanding Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents at Gas Stations

Who is liable for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered in a gas station slip and fall accident associated with a defective gas pump? Liability for slip and fall accidents is based on premise liability; that is property owners owe their guests a duty of care. What duty of care is owed to guests? In general, property owners owe their guests a duty to keep the entire premises free of hazards or dangerous conditions that could cause incidents and result in harm. In gas stations specifically, gas station owners must ensure that their gas pumps function properly (do not leak, for instance) and there are no spills that could cause guests to slip, for example. It is possible for property owners to breach their duty of care; they can fail to ensure that their premises are safe, leading to incidents and harm.

If a breached duty of care directly leads to an incident and harm, the property owner could be liable based on premise liability. In other words, the victim could sue the property owner. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered in a gas station slip and fall accident associated with a malfunctioning gas pump, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm today.

An Example of a Past Incident and Case

There is one case, in particular, that proved that even a gas station slip and fall case that appeared to be doomed can be successful. The details in the case were as follows. Someone stopped to pump gas into their car; when they finish and remove the nozzle, some of the gas spills out of the pump onto the floor. Soon after, another person pulls up to the same pump, gets out of the car and walks toward the pump, steps in the spilled gas, and falls. In this incident, the victim suffered only a torn tendon; medical costs were covered by the victim’s insurance, and the victim was able to return to work quickly.

The victim decided to attempt to pursue a claim against the gas station owners. The gas station owners provided video footage that showed the first customer spilling the gas followed by footage of the victim slipping. In addition, they provided a chart that showed that the manager was inspecting the gas pumps routinely. Essentially, the gas station owners were trying to prove that they were not liable for the incident as they were ensuring that the inspections were being conducted and the spill was caused by another customer.

However, the legal team representing the victim was able to discredit the evidence provided by the gas station owner. Primarily, when the gas station manager was questions about the inspections that she was allegedly conducting regularly, the manager was unable to answer; this proved that the inspection records provided by the gas station owners were unreliable. Additionally, the victim’s legal counsel argued that because the only surveillance camera monitors were locked in a room inaccessible to the clerk, the clerk couldn’t have known about the spill and acted quickly to clean it. The legal team was essentially able to prove that the gas station was negligent; not only did they fail to ensure that their gas pumps were being properly inspected, but also to ensure that their clerks had access to their surveillance monitors.

If even the smallest details had been overlooked, the case would not have been successful; however, the claim was successful and resulted in a significant recovery for the victim.

What Should Victims Do?

Did you or a member of your family suffer a slip and fall accident on the premises of a gas station associated with a malfunctioning gas pump? If so, you might have the right to sue; however, there are a number of things that you should do to ensure that you preserve your right to sue.

Consider some of the recommended actions listed below:

  • Seek medical care immediately (if necessary, contact emergency services)
  • Photograph all physical injuries
  • Photograph the hazards that contributed to the incident (i.e. the gas spill)
  • Photograph the entire scene of the accident (if possible, before anything is moved)
  • File an accident report immediately with the property owner (you might need to go through employees and managers first)
  • Request a copy of your report
  • Record the names of the employees or managers that you speak to after your incident
  • Identify surveillance cameras that could have captured your incident (take note of the exact time of your incident)
  • Speak to witness and gather their contact information for later reference
  • Collect all medical records associated with the harm resulting from your slip and fall accident
  • Gather records of lost income related to the incident
  • Speak with a slip and fall accident attorney as soon as possible

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You Could Be Eligible to Recover Compensation

Could you recover compensation for a gas station slip and fall associated with a malfunctioning gas pump? Based on the details surrounding the incident and the claim, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation. What could you be eligible to receive if your claim is successful? Although every claim is different, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of consortium
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal expenses

Would you like to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive if your claim is successful? If so, you should seek legal assistance with the gas station slip and fall accident attorneys at our firm at your earliest convenience. At Kenmore Law Group, our lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. If you are interested in learning more about the type and amount of compensation that you and your family could receive, contact the experts at our firm today.

File Your Claim Within the Statute of Limitations

Are you interested in pursuing a claim? If so, you must ensure that you act quickly to file within the appropriate timeline. This is because all claims are subject to a statute of limitations – which establishes the total length of time that victims have to sue. If claimants fail to file quickly, they can lose their right to sue.

How long do you have to pursue your claim? In California, slip and fall claims – like all other premise liability claims – are normally subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants only have two years to pursue their claims. Although this strict deadline applies, it is possible for exceptions to also apply (exceptions could toll or pause the applicable statute of limitations). Are you interested in learning more about the total length of time that you have to pursue your claim? If so, contact our lawyers today. Our lawyers will help you gain a better understanding of the deadline that applies to your claim.

Contact Kenmore Law Group Today

If you or a member of your family were harmed in a slip and fall accident associated with a gas station pump malfunction, you might have grounds to sue. Would you like to learn more about your right to sue for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered in a gas station slip and fall incident? If so, you should seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible. Kenmore Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including slip and fall claims. Our slip and fall injury attorneys are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. If you are ready to discuss your claim with the experts at our firm, contact us today.

At Kenmore Law Group we acknowledge the difficulties that arise after personal injury incidents, including having to quickly find a lawyer. Victims and their families do not need the stress of having to find a lawyer and finding ways of paying outrageous legal fees. Our firm offers free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns – our lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to start or continue your claim against the liable gas station owner. Are you ready to benefit from our free legal services? If so, contact the experts at our firm today.

Kenmore Law Group offers a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our firm also offers a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay any legal expenses until after reaching a successful claim. If you do not win, you will not be required to pay anything – simple as that.

Would you like to discuss your right to sue with the experts at our firm? If so, contact us today.

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