Q: Can I ask for compensation for injuries I received from falling on broken asphalt in a doctor's parking lot.
The injury has resulted in a fractured C2 vertebrae in my neck which will require 4 months in a neck brace to hold my neck straight. Still, there is no guarantee that I will not suffer paralysis. I am a 76 year-old military officer's widow and live on a fixed income. I now can do almost nothing; I can't raise my arms, can't lift anything nor do basic household chores; can't drive, can't bend over nor do basic self care. I must hire someone to come in each day to help me. I do not have the money for the $30-50 dollars an hour caregivers charge in my area. I am despondent and don't know what to do. Thank you
A: Absolutely. If the asphalt was not properly maintained and created an unsafe condition, you are entitled to damages resulting from your fall. Schedule a free consultation as soon as possible to make sure evidence is preserved, your rights are protected, and you receive the compensation you deserve.
A: Yes. First, you must find out who owned the parking lot. Next, you must find out who was responsible for maintaining the parking lot as they may bear some responsibility as well. Take pictures of what caused you to fall. Be prepared to respond to the defense that you were negligent in not avoiding the dangerous area. You will need to prove that the condition that caused you to fall was dangerous, the owner had knowledge of it but failed to remedy. Good luck.
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