Even a minor slip and fall can majorly impact your health and your financial security. Unfortunately, a property owner’s negligence often serves as the cause of a slip and fall.
If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall on another person’s property – whether it was a private residence, commercial establish or even a government-owned property – you may have the right to bring a premises liability lawsuit.
In this specific type of personal injury lawsuit, you would seek to hold the property owner accountable and to recover just compensation for all of your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.
The National Floor Safety Institute reports that roughly one million people visit hospital emergency rooms each year as the result of slip and falls. These incidents often occur in public places such as stores, hotels, restaurants or offices.
When a slip and fall happens, you should notify the property manager or a security guard immediately so an accident report can be filed.
You should also get medical attention as soon as possible – even if you think your injuries are minor.
If you fail to report the incident or to get prompt medical attention, it could jeopardize your right to compensation.
In the aftermath of your slip and fall, an insurance company representative may contact you, looking to settle your claim. Before you make any statements or sign any documents, you should first speak with an experienced premises liability attorney.
Insurance companies want to minimize the amount of compensation you receive. The insurer will use any statements you make against you.
An insurer may offer you a settlement that fails to fully cover your past and future medical bills, lost income, diminished earning ability, pain, suffering and other damages.
Filing a slip and fall lawsuit may be the only way to pursue the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive.
Your attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf in the appropriate court. The lawsuit typically would allege that the property owner failed to:
The lawsuit would assert facts such as:
Evidence that could be helpful in proving your case in a slip and fall lawsuit would include:
Every personal injury lawsuit is different. However, the steps in a slip and fall lawsuit typically would consist of:
After a verdict is returned, either side would have the right to appeal the decision.
Keep in mind: At any point in these proceedings – even after a verdict is returned – your attorney could reach a settlement agreement with the property owner that would resolve your case.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a slip and fall, contact the Law Office of David E. Gordon. We can advise you on the best course of action and assist you in pursuing the compensation you are entitled to receive. Before you accept an insurance settlement, make sure to get in touch with us for a free consultation about your case.