As a disabled person that requires the use of a wheelchair, it is important that there are accessible features in place everywhere that you visit. You will depend on these, and it can be frustrating when they are not in place. But perhaps what is worse is a situation in which the accessible features are in place, but they are not safe, and you injure yourself as a result.
As a wheelchair user, it is important that you understand the rights that you have when it comes to accidents and injuries in relation to supposedly accessible features. This blog will run through how a personal injury case can be established in relation to this.
What is the time limit on a personal injury case?
If you were injured on a wheelchair ramp, at the time you may have not realized that you could hold the property owner responsible. However, it is important that you take legal action as soon as you can, because there are time limitations in place for starting a claim. This varies between states and depends on the type of injury.
How can a personal injury case begin?
Most injuries are quite easy to resolve, especially when it is quite clear that the property owner was at fault for being negligent in keeping the property safe. In this case, an injury such as a wheelchair accident can be resolved through an informal negotiation. If you have been injured in your wheelchair on a private property, you should first establish the reasons why you think that the private property owner was to blame.
Source: FindLaw, “Personal injury law: the basics,” accessed Feb. 01, 2018