Slip and fall accidents can occur on various settings – outdoors on indoors, on public or on private property. In many situations it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that the conditions are hazard-safe. And despite the multitude of accidents occurring due to a responsible party’s negligence, only few people victims seek reimbursement in court.
Despite the social stigma, you have every right to not pay the medical bills caused by some other person’s carelessness.
In order to get the most out of a slip and fall lawsuit, you will need to make sure you fully understand your rights. If you believe the property owner is at fault for your injuries then all of them should be accounted for – including rehabilitation and even transportation to the hospital.
In addition, lost benefits should also be kept in check – salaries, failed business opportunities and everything you believe you lost due to the accident.
However in order to prove those, you will need to consult with the right medical professionals in order to get a good idea of what type of settlement you should aim for. If you believe your doctors are undervaluing the damage, do not be afraid to look for a second opinion.
Apart from the medical proof of damage you might also need evidence that the land owner is at fault. Conditions in slip and fall accidents vary so heavily that there are no clear rules defining who is responsible for them. This is why contacting an experienced attorney at a relatively early stage is recommended.
However there are a few steps you need to take before contacting a lawyer in case you become a victim of such accident. Depending on your condition, calling for medical help might be your first priority. Afterwards, it is essential that you also take pictures of the scene as evidence and then contact the property owner, asking him to report the case, taking a copy of the report with you.
Also make sure you keep the clothes and shoes you were wearing – most of the time they will be an important asset in court.
Many people are interested in how much time a slip and fall case might take to resolve. Unfortunately there is no exact answer. Unless an immediate out – of – court settlement is offered, a case might take from a few months to more than a year. It really depends on the circumstances and how motivated the other party is to settle things as early as possible.
Another important question is how long after an incident can a claim be filed. Unfortunately, this varies from state to state, but the lowest limit in the United States is two years.
Whether you need to decide if you have the grounds for a lawsuit, or you have already decided on it and want to do everything perfectly – calling a lawyer is the best decision. And when it comes to selecting one, it is important to find one who specializes in such cases and has a proven record.
With our law firm, you’ll get legal professionals with the proper experience and history of winning our clients the money they deserve. We have the resources to win your case and will be with you from start to finish. Don’t just accept the costs of an accident caused by somebody else.