If a glass window collapsed on me when I sat down at a bus stop n was cut up n had a head concussion do I have a lawsuit

I sat down at a bus stop and as
soon as I did the thick glass
window collapsed on my head giving
me a concussion n also a few cuts
the police n ambulance came to the
seen I was taken to hospital with
head trauma

Asked on June 4, 2017 under Personal Injury, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You may have a lawsuit against whomever maintained the bus stop IF the collapse was due to their fault--such as faulty maintenance or not repairing damage. You could have a lawsuit against the window manufacturer if you could show the collapse was due to a manfacturing defect; or against the company or contractor who installed it, if due to faulty installation. The key factor is *fault*: you have to show that someone involved with or responsible for the window was at fault, such as through negligence or carelessness, in some way. When there is no fault, there is no liability, so if the window collapsed due to bad or heavy weather, without there also being defective manufacture, installation, or maintenance, there is no liabiity.
But even if there is liability, it may not be worth suing. In a lawsuit, you can only get compensation equivalent to the medical costs you incurred, wages you lost, and, for injuries producing significant, long-lasting impairment or disability, some amount for pain and suffering. For the level of injuries you describe, if--as we hope--you have no lasting impairment from the concussion, it would not be worth suing: you could spend more on the lawsuit than you would get back from it.

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