Maison Law represents runners who are injured due to reckless drivers and careless property and business owners. Our runner injury lawyers immediately go to work to hold parties responsible for every recovery cost that runners and their families face. We want runners back on their feet again as soon as possible. Please contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a real California lawyer and find out what your injury is worth.
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Running Accident?
If you suffer a serious accident due to someone’s negligence, you can hold that party liable for your recovery costs and physical and emotional hardships. You might have been struck by a careless driver while on a morning jog. You might have stepped in a massive pothole left unrepaired by a homeowner or business owner and taken a devastating fall.
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters for drivers and property owners will work hard to try to find ways to avoid taking financial responsibility for your injury. They’ll attempt to blame you for your fall or your collision. Your California runner injury lawyer is your shield against this unfair treatment. Maison Law fights back and demands the most in compensation for your injury. We want runners to have the support they need to heal and rebuild their lives.
California Jogger Accident Dangers
Runners and walkers face the number one threat to any pedestrian and that’s the carelessness of California drivers. Runners may be looking for a healthy boost from a jog after work, but they can risk a life-threatening injury when having to trust drivers at intersections. Motorists are too often looking at cell phones and speeding and fail to show proper caution for defenseless pedestrians.
Runners also have to dodge any dogs that may be on the loose. Those on foot can look like a target to chase to dogs that aren’t properly restrained. In California, dog owners are held liable for dog bites on runners and other pedestrians in most situations.
Runners also will find they don’t always have the flattest, safest surfaces to run on. They might have to find footing on crumbling sidewalks. Those out for exercise will hopefully spot roots growing up through concrete so they have a chance to sidestep a trip-and-fall hazard. Runners might hit ice or snow that a business owner should have cleared.
If these sidewalk obstacles go unrepaired or without attention for long enough, and you fall and get hurt, it may be homeowners, business owners, or even city transportation departments that will be liable. Your California personal injury attorney will fully investigate your accident and determine who is accountable for your injuries.
Common Personal Injury Accidents Involving Runners
Maison Law works to secure runners the compensation they’ll need to pay for the best care available for as long as an injury takes to heal. Victims may also need that support to meet their monthly expenses like keeping up with rent and car payments while they must miss work hours.
Our California pedestrian accident attorneys help runners maximize their injury settlement checks from these types of accidents and more:
- Runners hit by cars
- Runners hit by bicycles
- Runners hit by trucks
- Runners hit by motorcycles
- Runners hurt in Slip-And-Fall and Trip-And-Fall accidents
- Runners injured in parking lot accidents
- Dog Bites on Runners
- Runners tripping on bad sidewalks in California
- Runners hit by trains in California
- Runners involved in hit-and-run accidents
- Runners hit in crosswalks
- Runners hit at intersections
- Runners hit at college campus
- Runners injured by debris on roadway
- Runners tripping in potholes
- Runners injured at parks
- Runners injured by children
Injuries Common in Jogging Personal Injury Accidents
The support you receive after these types of accidents and injuries will be critical to your financial recovery after a fall or a car impact. Runner injuries might result in just some soreness and perhaps a break from running for a few weeks. But the consequences can also be devastating.
Victims might lose their mobility for months or a lifetime with a severe injury. Victims with the most concerning injury may require weeks of hospital care, multiple surgeries, and long-term physical therapy to learn to walk or run again.
These are just a few of the most common and serious injuries pedestrian accident victims suffer:
- Musculoskeletal injuries: These are the most common type of injuries for adult victims. They involve strains, sprains, and dislocations in bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Healing can take weeks and patients can develop chronic pain.
- Hip injuries: Hips can be strained. The bones that make up the hip joint can also fracture. A hip injury will pretty much end all exercise for the victim for a while.
- Knee injuries: A common result of a trip-and-fall. Runners often fall on a knee cap to break it or to tear ligaments.
- Head Injuries: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) leads to memory loss, sensitivity to light, sleeplessness, and even seizures. Concussions, a type of TBI, can be light to severe. A skull fracture can lead to brain bleeding.
- Neck injuries: Whiplash occurs when runners have their heads quickly thrown forward and backward after a strike from a motor vehicle. The head may need to be immobilized as healing takes place. Things like moving the head and sneezing will be extremely painful. Full recovery usually takes over a month or more.
- Spine Injury: A cervical spine dislocation is another common injury, especially for older runners struck by vehicles. The ligaments in the spine are damaged. This may include a spine fracture or dislocation. It happens when blunt forces leave adjoining vertebrae abnormally separated, causing instability.
- Back injuries: The stretching of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, leaves microscopic tears in back muscles. These difficult-to-treat injuries can cause life-long back pain.
- Broken bones: Fractures in legs and arms are most common in accident victims. Some breaks can be very difficult to heal. Bones can even heal in the wrong position and may need to be broken again and reset through surgery.
Compensation Runners Should Demand After an Accident
Runners may need money to pay for a single trip to the emergency room and ambulance fees. But defenseless runners often suffer traumatic injuries that require much more in support to make a full recovery.
A skilled runner injury lawyer will be demanding compensation for every hardship the victim and the victim’s family endure. This can include some things that victims didn’t know could earn additional money through a running injury settlement check:
- Medical expenses: The bills that have already arrived and any care you’re expected to need in the years to come.
- Permanent disability costs: Estimates on care over a lifetime. Money for physical therapy and medical equipment needed. Compensation for career training if you can’t go back to your old job.
- Pain and emotional trauma: The pain you endured and the emotional trauma you suffered in the accident and during recovery. Depression and anxiety issues may arise. Your loss of enjoyment of life due to being unable to resume your hobbies and running routine.
- Loss of wages: The paychecks and benefits you’ve forfeited by having to miss work while healing. The hours you’re expected to miss in the future.
- Travel costs: The expense of doctor visits and visiting out-of-city specialists for second opinions. Travel can become a major cost when you can’t drive or are in a wheelchair.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a California runner injury accident claim?
Two years. You have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim to receive injury support in most cases. An accident caused by a government entity will have tighter deadlines. Check with a lawyer ASAP.
Will I have to go to court to win compensation for my slip-and-fall injury?
Not usually. Somewhere around 90% of all personal injury cases are settled before they reach court. Insurance companies don’t like to pay to defend themselves before a judge or risk having their unfair practices exposed.
What If I Can’t Afford to Pay a Runner Accident Lawyer?
You won’t need any upfront money to hire a Maison Law representative. Your lawyer doesn’t get paid unless your case is won. Then the attorney fee comes out of the compensation you are awarded.
Contact a California Running Accident Lawyer
If you have been seriously injured in a running accident due to a careless person or business, don’t wait to explore your options. Insurance providers for at-fault parties can quickly go to work to blame you for your accident or to try to downplay your injuries. Your California runner personal injury lawyer is your safeguard from these tactics and others and works to earn the most possible for your recovery.
Contact Maison Law for a free consultation after any injury involving a pedestrian accident anywhere in California. Our case reviews come with no obligation. It’s a no-risk way to find out what your injuries may be worth before an insurance adjuster tries to convince you they are worth very little or nothing at all.