What if I’m Injured at a Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles? 9 Dangerous Injuries

May 15, 2024

What if I’m Injured at a Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles? 9 Dangerous Injuries

Young couple shops at farmer's market

There are dozens of farmer’s markets across the Los Angeles area.

Farmer’s markets are a popular spot for purchasing fresh produce. Some of the major farmer’s markets in LA are located in Santa Monica, Crenshaw, and Studio City. 

Not only is there an opportunity to buy produce at farmer’s markets, but guests can also find different food vendors selling tasty treats like salsa, empanadas, or even fresh juices.

Even though a farmer’s market is a great place for Angelinos to get out on a weekend, a chance for injuries looms. 

There are a number of potential personal injuries that visitors to farmer’s markets can suffer from various causes.

Determining fault in a farmer’s market injury is dependent on a number of factors. Much of the fault is based around where or how the injury occurs.

An example of a common personal injury is a slip and fall. This injury occurs when an individual slips, trips, or falls on someone else’s property.

Slips and falls are considered a premises liability claim because they occur on someone else’s property. California Civil Jury Instructions 1000 outlines the steps to prove premises liability: 

  • The defendant controlled the premises and had a duty of care 
  • The defendant was negligent in the use or maintenance of the property 
  • The plaintiff was injured 
  • The defendant’s negligence caused the injuries to the plaintiff

Thus, if Veronica stepped in an opening on the sidewalk and fell, breaking her wrist, she would have to prove that the defendant did not maintain the property, and this resulted in her injury.

Who is at fault? With a farmer’s market, the lines are a little blurry on who you may have a claim against. 

In the event of a slip and fall, the responsible party could be the event organizers or even the city. 

In a case like Veronica’s, she should consult with a LA slip and fall attorney. It may be in her best interest to file a claim against the city where the farmer’s market was held, as well as the event organizers, since both parties had a duty of care to protect her safety

farmer's markets can lead to various injuries - including a TBI

Another interesting situation arises when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. Pedestrian accidents occur when someone is hit by a car, resulting in injuries. 

Over the last 10 years, there has been a 69 percent increase in pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Los Angeles. This is roughly 228 percent higher than the number two city, San Diego.

Many farmer’s markets are set up along public streets, generally closing them during the time frame of the market. For example, parts of Selma Ave are closed for the Hollywood farmer’s market. 

While closing the street is a way of keeping pedestrians safe, it doesn’t mean accidents can’t happen.

A person unfamiliar with the area may cross into territory not blocked off. Additionally, someone unsure of their surroundings while driving around the area could make the wrong turn, or lose focus and hit a pedestrian in the crowded area.

An LA pedestrian accident attorney can help victims seek compensation for injuries resulting from a similar incident. It’s usually best to bring charges against the negligent party, in this case, the driver of the car.

Slips, falls, and pedestrian accidents can result in many different injuries, including:

  • Neck pain or whiplash
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Back pain or a herniated disc
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal hemorrhaging
  • Broken bones
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Wrongful death

From ripe avocados to crisp kale, there are tons of great foods available at a farmer’s market. Don’t let an injury get in the way of an enjoyable time.

At C&B Law Group, our team of Southern California personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you seek damages that may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

If you suffered an injury at a farmer’s market, consult with the Burbank personal injury lawyers C&B Law Group today. We will help determine if you have a personal injury claim, and can advise on the next steps you should take.

Your initial consultation with C&B Law Group is free. Reach out to us today!

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