When you suffer a fall, you have more than just injuries to deal with. You need to hold the at-fault party accountable. An experienced lawyer can help after a slip-and-fall.
Falling down can lead to graver injuries than many people imagine. Of course, suffering any kind of injury can lead to side problems, such as medical bills. Mostly, you just want to see those in charge held accountable for their carelessness.
By filing a claim on your behalf, a slip-and-fall lawyer can help you do exactly that.
Common Causes of Slip-and-Falls
It can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute, you’re strolling through the aisle at a grocery store, ascending the stairs to your apartment, or walking along scaffolding at work. The next, you find yourself in a world of pain.
Slip-and-fall injuries are sometimes assumed to be the sole responsibility of the person who falls. After all, you’re the only one who controls where and how you walk, right?
In reality, it’s more complicated than that.
If you take into consideration that individuals, businesses, and others groups hosting people on their property are responsible for those guests’ safety, you can start to see how failure to prevent your slip-and-fall could be seen as a careless act.
When someone else’s carelessness, or negligence, causes you to slip, it’s your right to demand compensation.
Some common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Wet floors or greasy floors at businesses
- Unsafe equipment at your place of work
- Old and outdated infrastructure in your apartment or place of work
- Unaddressed safety hazards on public property or private premises
- And many others
However you’ve been injured after a fall, if someone else is to blame, an experienced attorney can help you find out whether you might have a shot at recovering cash for the damages you’ve suffered.
Slip-and-Fall Injuries: A Breakdown
It’s common for people to be unaware of the serious nature of injuries they can suffer as the result of a slip-and-fall accident.
Slip-and-falls often result in blunt-force trauma to critical bodily systems. These injuries are often severe and can lead to complicated, lasting lifestyle changes and limitations.
Some examples of slip-and-fall injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damages
Who Pays for a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
When you’re injured in a slip-and-fall, context is important for determining who can and should be held liable.
Some states have restrictions on the types of claims that can be filed for slip-and-fall incidents. For example, it’s possible that if you were trespassing on a private property at the time, you won’t be able to hold the property owner liable for your injuries. Check your local laws and ask an attorney about the specifics in your case.
Some of the defendants in a slip-and-fall civil action could include:
- Private individuals
- Government agencies
Often, these people and/or groups are represented by insurance companies that could be on the hook for paying you compensation. This process isn’t automatic, unfortunately, and often requires intense negotiations with the insurance adjuster in order to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve for the other party’s carelessness.
If successful, you could recover a settlement that includes damages for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages/loss of future income
- Emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and other nonpecuniary damages
- And much more
Consulting an attorney for free is the best way to make sure that the insurance company isn’t ripping you off when it comes to negotiating your settlement.
Get a Free Case Evaluation After a Slip-and-Fall Accident
Injured in a slip-and-fall? Don’t wait until it’s too late to take action. A slip-and-fall lawyer with Monge & Associates is here to help.
Call today for a free case evaluation: 800-421-0174. Or fill out the quick contact form below.