Accidents can happen at any time, and they usually occur when you least expect it. Slip and fall accidents are prevalent, and most victims think it’s their fault. They blame clumsiness on their accident when that isn’t always the case. Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their properties.
Seth Bader is an expert Rome personal injury attorney. We have handled many different slip and fall cases, and we can help. You probably have many questions about your accident and who is responsible. We would love to discuss the details of your case. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
Do I need a slip and fall attorney?
Yes. We recommend that you at least interview a few slip and fall lawyers to go over your options. Victims can get overwhelmed, trying to handle cases on their own, and a lawyer can alleviate some of this stress. Without an attorney, you have nobody on your side to represent your interests. So, when insurance companies talk to you, they see you as being vulnerable. They know that you are inexperienced in handling these cases, so they will try to get away with whatever they can. An attorney can protect your interests and help you throughout the process.
What can I expect to win?
Each case is different, but most personal injury cases have three parts:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
When you come to our office, we want to talk about all of your damages and medical bills. We will seek compensation for your time off work, and we can find a loss of earning potential. If you have injuries that will affect the rest of your life, your settlement amount should reflect that. Pain and suffering are more difficult to assign value because there is no set price tag. Thankfully, we are top-flight personal injury lawyers that have handled cases similar to yours. We know what to ask for, and what the amount of a proper settlement would be.
Do I have a case?
If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you are going to be your best advocate. You should:
- Take pictures of the area. Everyone has a smartphone, so pull it out and take a picture.
- Tell the manager or homeowner. We recommend contacting someone on the property as soon as you injure yourself.
- Get witness information. If there are any witnesses in the area, you should get their info. You will need to share this essential information that you can share with your attorney.
- Seek medical attention. Whether your injuries are severe or minor, we recommend seeking medical care as soon as possible. We must know the scope of your injuries, so we know what to find in damages.
We use all of this information to strengthen your claim. If you suffer injury because of the negligence of a property owner, you could be eligible for compensation. Please focus on your health, while we focus on getting you the settlement that you deserve.
I fell in my friend’s house, now what?
Whether you fall in a store or a private residence, your case is still the same. The difference between your friend’s house is that you know the owner. Many victims of residential slip and falls choose not to seek damages. Since they know the owner, they feel bad about seeking compensation. However, you aren’t getting the money from your friend; you are getting your settlement from their insurance company. If you have medical bills because of your friend’s negligence, then you are entitled to compensation.
In a slip and fall accident, we have to prove the homeowner’s negligence was the reason for your injuries. If you walk into a hole in your friend’s backyard in the middle of the day, then that is your fault. You should be able to see the hole in broad daylight. However, if you step in a hole in the middle of the night. Then, your friend is probably liable for your accident.
What are the typical slip and fall injuries?
The impact of your body and the ground can cause some severe injuries. Some common injuries include:
The older that you are, the worse your injuries will be. However, your age and frailty don’t matter when it comes to the law. Your injuries are the same as anyone else’s. You have the right to receive financial compensation to help you recover from these injuries.
Hire a skilled slip and fall attorney today
Being injured is never fun and owing outstanding medical bills can be overwhelming. If you or someone you know suffers injury in a slip and fall accident, you should contact us today. Let’s get you the settlement that you deserve.