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The Advantages of Hiring a Slip and Fall Lawyer

The Advantages of a Slip and Fall Lawyer

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents often result in costly bodily injury, but the injured party may be entitled to compensation for damages, depending on where and how the slip and fall accident occurred. Slip and fall lawyers can help determine the level of compensation you may be entitled to for your accident.

Premises Liability: The First Step

Before exploring more about potential compensation for your slip and fall injury, take some time to familiarize yourself with premises liability. Slip and fall injury liability centers around premises liability.

I Was Involved in a Slip and Fall Accident. What Do I Do Next?

You don’t want to lose out on possible compensation because you did not mitigate your injuries, so make sure that you seek the proper medical treatment for any bodily injuries related to your slip and fall accident.

After establishing premises liability at least partially falls on a secondary party — such as the property owner — you can begin a build the case for your slip and fall lawsuit.

Seeking legal aid from a knowledgeable slip and fall lawyer can alleviate the stress and frustration of building a slip and fall case.

How Do I Build a Slip and Fall Accident Case?

The first step of building your case will be gathering evidence.

The most critical piece of evidence for any slip and fall lawsuit is proof that the property owner, manager, or staff were aware of the potential bodily injury and did not adequately address the issue. Documentation such as prior incident reports, inspection reports, and witness testimony can be very helpful to your case.

Other efficacious evidence includes photographs of the scene of the incident (taken as soon as possible after the injury and follow-up photographs after), photographs of any visible injuries, personal testimony, and medical documents.

Next, you will need to determine which category of location your incident falls under and then research the laws and regulations that standardize the expectations of the property owner for that location.

Does it Matter Where my Slip and Fall Injury Occurred?

It does matter where the slip and fall injury occurred.

There are many different laws and regulations depending on where the incident occurred. Generally, slip and fall injuries can fall into three different categories of location.

  1. Residential: bodily injuries occurring on someone’s private, residential property.
    1. This type of bodily injury will usually be covered by homeowner’s insurance.
    2. Examples: a family friend’s house; your grandparent’s condominium.
  1. Business: bodily injuries occurring on a business’s property.
    1. This type of bodily injury will be covered by business insurance.
    2. Example: a local amusement park; the food-court at a mall.
  1. Public: injuries occurring in a public, government maintained property.
    1. This type of bodily injury will depend more specific to the exact location where the injury occurred.
    2. Example: your local park playground; the crosswalk at an intersection.

The laws and regulations for these different locations alter significantly.

For example: The expectations of customer safety at a grocery store are much different than the expectations of customer safety at a local ice rink. While there should be a minimal expectation of bodily injury at the grocery store, the ice rink probably expects at least some bodily injury given the dangerous nature of ice-skating. Though both fall under the category of private business, the regulations and laws of each are very different. Even the insurance coverage for the establishments greatly differ.

After you have gathered evidence and defined the location of the slip and fall accident, you will need to determine the liable party and the amount of damages that you endured from your injuries.

The process of building a slip and fall injury case can be time-consuming and overbearing, especially for someone that does not have a full understanding of the law, which is why knowledgeable slip and fall lawyers can be very helpful.

How Do I Choose a Slip and Fall Lawyer?

Building a slip and fall lawsuit is a time-consuming and tedious process. You should find a slip and fall lawyer who is experienced with these types of cases. Your slip and fall lawyer should be dedicated to your case, easy to contact, and willing to keep you up-to-date throughout each step of your slip and fall lawsuit.

Our personal injury team are experts in the laws and regulations that are set for private property and they deal with slip and fall injuries on a regular basis. Our determined team will use our knowledge of the law, along with our experience, to ensure that you have the strongest case possible. Because we work on contingency, we won’t get paid unless you do first, so we are fully dedicated to making sure that you receive the full compensation that you deserve for your slip and fall injury.

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