How a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Can Help You
One of the most important ways a personal injury attorney will help you is by letting you know what not to say when you talk to an insurance adjuster. It is easy for trained adjustors to plant ideas in claimants’ minds if the client hasn’t been advised about what not to say by an experienced personal injury lawyer.
The very first thing you should do when you are injured in a slip and fall accident is obtain medical treatment. Once your injuries are treated, file a report with the manager of the commercial property or the owner of a private property.
If you or someone who is with you at the time of the accident is able, taking photos of the location and the hazard as it existed when you fell can be important to proving your case. Document where, when, and how the accident occurred.
Contact an injury attorney for guidance as soon as possible. Wait to make any statements to the property owner about the accident until after you’ve talked with your attorney.
Your attorney may ask you to hold onto the shoes and clothing you were wearing when you fell. It could be important to stop wearing the shoes to demonstrate they were in good condition. If you continue wearing them, you wouldn’t be able to present evidence of their condition at the time of the accident in court.
Just because you fell while on someone else’s property does not make them automatically liable for your injuries. The facts of the case will determine whether there was negligence. Without negligence, you won’t have a case. If you contributed to the accident through your own carelessness, it can affect your claim.
A business that doesn’t maintain the property in good order makes an easier target than one that repairs and replaces damaged or dangerous hazards quickly.
A slip and fall injury lawyer will know expert witnesses that can testify to things such as whether or not the commercial establishment exercised the right amount of care or were negligent in maintaining the property.
Your ability to recover damages may be limited by statute of limitations. Without an attorney, the deadline for filing may pass without your awareness that you are losing the ability to recover. However, if, for example, the fall put you into a coma, the statute could be extended since you obviously can’t sue someone while you’re unconscious.
However, in a situation like this, your caretaker should contact an attorney on your behalf.