Should you Hire an Attorney after your Slip and Fall Injury
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Should you Hire an Attorney after your Slip and Fall Injury?
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, one of the first things you should do is to consult with a lawyer. Depending on the circumstances, the owner of the property where you were hurt may be legally responsible for your injuries. A personal injury attorney can review the facts and let you know whether you have a valid claim against the property owner.
What are Some Examples of a Spill and Fall Injury?
- Example 1: Neglected Hazard - Jane is shopping in her local grocery store and slips on a banana peel. The banana peel has been on the ground a long time and is black and dried out. The grocery store is likely liable because it failed to do a reasonable job of keeping its floor clean and safe for customers.
- Example 2: Potential For a Hazard - Jane is shopping once again and slips on a banana peel. However, this time the banana peel is fresh and has not been sitting on the ground very long. The banana peel came from a make your own smoothie station with fresh fruit. But while many customers have used the station, there is only one small waste basket for getting rid of empty banana peels and it is greatly overflowing. The grocery store could be liable for potentially creating a dangerous situation by not sufficiently providing waste storage for the spent banana peels.
The Insurance Company Offered Me Money. What Should I Do?
Many slip and fall injuries result in a settlement with the property owner’s insurance company. It is never a good idea to sign anything from the insurance company until you have consulted with a lawyer. A skilled attorney can help you determine if a settlement offer is fair before you sign away your right to a claim. Always maintain a record of all communications between you, the property owner, the property owner’s insurance company, and any other interested parties. Also, it is wise to have your attorney present for any settlement negotiations between you and the potential defendants.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
Most personal injury lawsuits settle before going to trial. However, even if your case is likely to settle, you will need to file your claim in an appropriate court to preserve your rights. Every personal injury claim has a time limit known as the statute of limitations. If you fail to file a claim before the statute of limitations expires, you may lose the right to recover for your injury.
Proving a slip and fall case can be very difficult, and an experienced attorney improves your odds of winning. A skilled lawyer can identify possible claims, file necessary paperwork, hire experts, interview witnesses, and advocate for you in court.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Charge?
High attorney’s fees can be intimidating; however, most personal injury lawyers will consider taking slip and fall cases on a contingency basis. This means that you will not have to pay the attorney a set rate or hourly fee. Instead, if your case is successful, the attorney will receive a prearranged percentage of the damages recovered.
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Last Modified: 08-18-2017 03:55 PM PDT
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