It can be difficult to decide how to handle a slip and fall case. A personal injury attorney can advise you on the best course of action if you’ve been hurt in a fall.
We’ve all been there: walking along, minding our own business, when BOOM! Down we go. Slip and fall accidents are no joke — they can result in injuries ranging from broken bones and concussions to long-lasting, potentially even permanent disabilities.
In some cases, we have no one to blame but ourselves: we weren’t paying attention or we were doing something that we shouldn’t have been doing. But in many cases, there may be another party liable for injuries, from a homeowner to a business or even a government organization. A slip and fall attorney can evaluate your case and let you know if you have grounds for a lawsuit.
When Is Someone Else Responsible?
We all have a duty to use reasonable care. This includes maintaining our property so that others are not injured by our failure to practice a reasonable level of care. If you slipped and fell on another person’s property, the owner may be responsible for your injuries.
If a person was negligent, careless, or reckless in maintaining their property, then you may have a claim. Suppose you are picking up your child at school, and trip and fall over a crumbling sidewalk. The school might be responsible for any injuries that you suffered because they have a duty to maintain their premises. The same result would occur if you slipped and fell in a store that did not clean up a spilled liquid on its floors, causing you to fall.
But what happens if you fall at a friend or family member’s home and are badly injured. This puts you in a difficult situation: you are badly hurt, possibly out of work, and have mounting medical bills, but you do not want to sue a loved one. A slip and fall accident attorney can help you with your case, which may involve filing a claim against their homeowner’s insurance — not your friend or family member themselves.
If you do decide to hire an attorney after slipping and falling, it is important to be prepared for your meeting. Gather all of the relevant paperwork—which may include incident reports, medical bills, and any photographs or videos of what happened. Make sure that you have all of the names of witnesses and other pertinent information, such as when and where the accident occurred. By getting ready to meet with your attorney, you will help move your case forward in an efficient manner.
How a Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help
Hiring a skilled lawyer can make the difference in a slip and fall case. An attorney can help to make the claims for you, making sure that all deadlines are met and that the paperwork is properly filed. A skilled slip and fall attorney will evaluate your case and decide how to proceed. It could be as simple as sending a claim letter to the responsible party or parties. It may also require filing a lawsuit.
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall case or any other type of accident, contact the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are experienced in handling these types of cases, and will aggressively pursue a settlement or award on your behalf. Initial consultations are always free, and we never charge a fee unless we recover money for you.