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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Hiking by yourself or a group or family is always fun and exciting. It is the best way to explore unexplored destinations across the hills. Los Angeles has multiple gorgeous hiking locations that promise to offer a wonderful adventurous experience. Of course, safety is the topmost priority during a hike. But sometimes accidents can happen.
What if you got injured on guided hiking? If you think you are injured because of someone else’s mistake, then do you know what action you can take? You can hire personal injury attorneys to claim for the accident and get compensation.
Each year thousands of people find that hiking and walking on Los Angeles Park trails are safe and fun. But you need to follow specific safety tips. And in case you get injured, you should know whether you will get compensation or not.
Tours or expeditions
Experience the fantastic hiking trails in Los Angeles is by signing up with a well-known tour or expedition group. Tour guides have a whole lot of information about the hiking area. They can guide you well on moving ahead with the adventure and the best sites to visit. The Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles from a hill in Griffith Park is the most visited hiking trail. More than 45 million visitors visit LA every year, of which 10 million reach Griffith Park.
Traveling with a tour guide ensures that you are safe rather than traveling alone. However, do not forget that even tour guides can make mistakes sometimes. Imagine you get an injury during the hike because of the tour guide’s mistake. What will be the next step that you will take? Let me tell you that if the tour guide commits an error that led to your injury, then you have a choice to file a complaint against the group.
Tour and travel companies owe a duty of care to the visitors. They have to face legal consequences for breaching the duty. Clients sign a waiver for the expedition companies stating they are not responsible for accidents on the hike. It can save them from personal injury claims but does not provide legal protection in case of negligence.
National and State Park hike injuries
Some of the finest hiking locations in Los Angeles are the National and State Parks. However, it is not necessary that the parks are safe for hiking. Unfortunately, many people sustain injuries during a hike in the state and national parks. Government entities are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of properties that include inspecting parks for potential risks.
Earlier, sovereign immunity laws protected government bodies from premises liability, but now it is not the case. LA courts now permit filing a personal injury claim against the federal government. So, if you met with an accident in a government-owned park because of the owner's negligence, you can go for filing a claim.
Hiring a well-versed personal injury lawyer will help you determine whether you have a claim or not. In addition, it will help you seek appropriate compensation and protect your rights.
City trail injuries
Sustaining an injury on city trails during a hike has similar rights to those injured in National or State Parks. You have the right to sue the city or person responsible for neglecting the maintenance of the city trail or property. For example, if you fall on a tool that the maintenance crew left in the trail's middle and sprain your ankle, then you have the right to claim for personal injury.
City trail owners have an ethical and legal responsibility to protect the visitors from hazards on their property. Getting injured because of the owner or employee's negligence will help you take legal action. An experienced personal injury advocate will assist you in legal procedures and documentation.
Property owners are held accountable for not keeping the hiking trail safe for the hikers. In that case, you have a valid legal claim against the trail owner. The lawyer will help you through the negotiation and settlement process.
Yes! You will get compensation for guided hiking on getting injured. If you think you are wounded because of a tour company or government, or city trail owner, you have the right to sue the parties. You need to hire a qualified lawyer who understands the situation and personal injury caused to you. It will guide you throughout the court trial.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV