When any accident happens, many people may become concerned for their injuries immediately. Some rush to hospitals seeking medical evaluation and treatment. To most people, their health is a serious concern. However, when it comes to slip and fall accidents, the story is often different. For most victims, these accidents call no reason for alarm, except for their own embarrassment in the moment. A majority of them fail to seek medical evaluation, let alone file a claim for compensation. And while it’s true that not all slip and fall accidents are catastrophic, there’s still a need for victims to watch out for their own wellbeing by having a doctor attend to their concerns, especially when they feel something’s not right with their body.
Like in any other accident, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation if the slip and fall was caused by someone’s negligence. If your injuries are severe, necessitating the need for hospitalization, a Baytown slip and fall lawyer from Lone Star Injury Attorneys should be your first call. With our experience and resources, we can help prove that you were not responsible for your injuries. With that, our determined personal injury attorneys will mount an aggressive case against the negligent party.
Not all personal injury cases call for the help of an attorney. You can file a claim on your own after suffering minor damages in an accident, as long as you’re comfortable doing so. But for most slip and fall accident cases, self-representation is never a good idea, for two major reasons. First, determining fault in most slip and fall accidents is never straightforward. Premises owners will never admit liability without a fight, even when it’s obvious. Two, it’s very common for defendants (store owners and their insurance companies) to argue that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim.
When you self-litigate your case, the liable parties often won’t take you seriously. Therefore, your lawyer’s first job will be to get the attention of the negligent party and their insurance company. But given that slip and fall cases always come down to proving liability and damages, here’s a closer look at how our Baytown attorneys can help you address these two key issues.
In order for your case to go to trial or settle during negotiations with the proper insurance company, your lawyer must prove that the defendant was negligent, and that this negligence played a crucial role in causing you harm. Normally, slipping and falling happens very quickly, and many victims are never aware of what transpired between walking and finding themselves on the ground. Therefore, the first thing your attorney will do is establish how your fall happened.
A good slip and fall accident lawyer will examine the scene, talk to witnesses, review camera footage and determine how exactly you were injured. Your attorney may also consult and hire experts when necessary. Depending on your case, the following parties may be held liable for your accident:
Establishing fault will be based on the initial cause of your fall.
Proving that you were injured and suffered damages is not just a matter of saying so; you will need tangible proof. Your attorney will help you document all your financial losses such as medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs and any other related losses. Providing proof for economic damages is often very easy, but it can be difficult for non-economic losses. A good lawyer knows how to navigate through this crucial process for maximum compensation.
Luckily, most slip and fall injuries are minor and heal on their own after treating them at home. But in some cases, one may suffer life-threatening injuries resulting in permanent injury, or in worst cases, death. It’s therefore extremely important that you seek immediate medical evaluation when you feel something is not right.
Some of the most common slip and fall injuries are:
Our attorneys can help you calculate your damages based on the severity of your slip and fall injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered harm in a slip and fall accident, you must speak with a seasoned attorney about your available legal options. Your attorney will help establish whether someone else was responsible for the accident, enabling him or her to prepare a strong case for maximum settlement. To speak with our skilled Baytown slip and fall lawyers, call us today.