When Can Victims Recover after Slip and Fall Accidents?
Under state law, when accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence, victims can typically recover compensation for their accident-related losses. In a slip and fall incident, negligence occurs when the person or business responsible for a property fails to use reasonable care.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
Slip and fall accidents can happen anytime and anywhere you walk. Many legally actionable slip and falls occur in commercial settings, such as:
- Grocery stores
- Shopping malls
- Convenience stores
- Healthcare facilities
How Do I Protect My Rights after a Slip and Fall Incident?
After a slip and fall, it’s important to take certain steps to protect your rights. If an accident occurred in a store or other commercial establishment, you should request that the staff fill out an incident report. In addition, take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall and ask witnesses for contact information. Also, be sure to undergo a thorough medical evaluation, follow your doctor’s orders, and call an attorney as soon as you can,
How Much are Slip and Fall Cases Worth?
The value of your slip and fall case is dependent on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries, your prognosis, whether you have to miss work, and whether you were partially at fault for your accident. An attorney can evaluate your claim and determine approximately how much you may be able to recover.
Do You Need an Attorney to Make a Slip and Fall Claim?
While there is no law requiring you to get a lawyer after slipping and falling, it is a good idea to do so. Insurance companies actively try to minimize how much they pay out on every claim they handle and often use tactics that are designed to get victims to settle for less than their cases are actually worth. For example, they may start with a lowball settlement offer to make later offers look more attractive or pressure you to provide a recorded statement.
When you work with a lawyer, he or she will attempt to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement offer, your attorney will likely file a lawsuit in order to pursue the compensation you deserve.
How Much Does a Slip and Fall Lawyer Cost?
Personal injury attorneys almost always work on a contingency fee basis, which means they represent victims in return for a percentage of the settlement or award they secure. If you do not recover any compensation, you will not owe your attorney any legal fees.
Contact Salam & Associates for a Free Consultation
If you have sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. At Salam & Associates, we are committed to helping victims recover maximum compensation for their losses. Our lawyers are licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, and D.C. Contact us online at www.salampc.com or [email protected] to schedule your free case evaluation.