Hire a competent and compassionate group of professional slip and fall lawyers in order to secure the highest settlement possible for your slip and fall case.
When you slip and fall – in a store, theater, restaurant, or office space – your first thought may be to glance around to see if anyone saw you, then get away as quickly as possible to avoid further embarrassment. Even if you are hurt. You brush it off and say, “I’ll be better tomorrow.”
Brain trauma, spinal cord damage, and broken bones are among the painful injuries that can result from slip-and-fall accidents. If you are seriously hurt in a slip-and-fall incident, there are two things you should never do: limp away and try to forget about it, and try to recover damages without the help of a lawyer.
The attorneys at SGP Law in Mesa, Arizona have decades of experience in handling slip-and-fall cases. They will protect your rights and work to get the compensation you deserve if you are injured.
Why Hire an Attorney for a Slip-and-Fall Injury?
If someone is injured in a car accident, it is usually not hard to determine who is at fault. But slip-and-fall cases aren’t so cut and dried. The party at fault – perhaps a retail store or other business establishment – will rarely admit responsibility, and it’s not easy to prove liability and damages. Thorough knowledge of state and local laws is needed; there are definite do’s and don’ts after a slip-and-fall accident, and by doing the wrong thing or not doing the right thing, the victim could inadvertently put the entire case in jeopardy. Witnesses may need to be called on to provide statements. Only an experienced attorney knows how to navigate these waters, establish the necessary facts, and get the compensation you are entitled to.
An attorney is indispensable to a slip-and-fall case in the following areas:
- Securing Evidence: Supporting evidence is needed to provide liability. The victim has a right to this evidence, and an attorney can provide invaluable advice on both what evidence is needed and how to get it.
- Dealing With Insurance Adjusters: A personal injury case cannot be settled without communicating with insurers. And insurance companies are not looking out for the victim’s best interests. On the contrary, they are almost always the opposing party in the case. An experienced attorney knows the tactics that are used by insurers to try to delay or dismiss personal injury claims, and knows how to deal with them. Additionally, insurance companies are more apt to respond and act when they know they are dealing with a lawyer.
Types of Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Aside from injuries related to auto accidents, slip-and-fall is the most common form of injury case handled by personal injury attorneys. But “slip-and-fall” only describes how the injury occurred. It doesn't define the actual type of injury. Following are the most common types of injuries sustained from a slip-and-fall accident.
- Cuts and Abrasions: These are minor injuries by comparison, and usually do not need extensive medical treatment. Although they can look quite serious, they are generally just superficial wounds. In the worst cases, stitches are required, but cuts and abrasions usually heal without leaving behind any long-term effects.
- Broken Bones: This type of injury can range from a minor fracture to a serious break that requires extensive surgery. Bleeding can result from a broken bone – internal and/or external – so if you suspect that you have broken a bone, it is important to seek medical help immediately. Whether or not a bone is broken cannot always be determined at the site of the accident; an x-ray is the only way to assess the exact nature and extent of the break.
- Head Injuries: Head injuries should always be taken seriously, even if they seem minor. If a blow to the head results in swelling, bleeding, or loss of consciousness, seek medical help without delay. Serious head injuries may only have minor symptoms at first; what may seem to be a minor concussion could actually be a traumatic brain injury that could lead to impairment for the rest of your life. If an accident results in a head injury, go directly to a doctor or hospital, no matter how “fine” you may feel.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: This is among the most serious types of injuries in a slip-and-fall accident, as they can result in paralysis – full or partial – and even death. Immediate medical help is necessary to properly treat the injury and prevent further damage. Long-term care is often needed after a spinal cord injury, and medical bills can easily go into millions of dollars.
- Soft tissue injuries: This type of injury can range from sprains to tears in tendons and ligaments. Since they aren’t visible, it isn’t always known how serious they are unless examined by a doctor, and they can be difficult to prove in a personal injury case. Soft tissue injuries can lead to long-term complications if untreated, so it is important to seek medical assistance.
What You Must Prove to Win a Slip-and-Fall Case
Getting compensation for a slip-and-fall injury isn’t as easy as just saying, “The floor was wet, I slipped and fell, and broke my hip. I’ll be out of work for a couple of months.” In any slip-and-fall case, liability must be proven, and the amount of the damages must be established.
- Proving Liability: Damages can be recovered only if it can be proven that the other party was negligent in performing its duties, and this led directly to the victim’s injuries. Proving negligence isn’t always easy, and every case is different. The premises and circumstances must be carefully examined in the light of state and local laws. An experienced lawyer will know what is important and what isn’t.
- Establishing Damages: After it has been proven that negligence was the cause of the injury, damages must be established. In other words, how much should the victim be awarded? Lost income, medical expenses, other bills, and non-economic factors all come into play. Medical records and letters from doctors must be obtained, and income and tax information must be carefully reviewed. These details are important in establishing damages, and an attorney will know what to look for.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident, don’t ignore it, and don’t try to fight it alone. Personal injury and premises liability laws are complex and difficult to navigate. Mesa slip and fall lawyer SGP Law is ready to help. With over 50 years of experience, SGP Law will fight for your rights and get the compensation you deserve.