When an accident occurs, many individuals immediately become concerned about their injuries. Some rush to hospitals for medical evaluation and treatment. However, slip and fall accidents often evoke a different response. Many victims downplay the significance of these accidents, focusing solely on their momentary embarrassment. As a result, they often fail to seek medical evaluation or consider filing a claim for compensation. While it is true that not all slip and fall accidents are catastrophic, it is still important for victims to prioritize their well-being by having a doctor assess their condition, especially if they sense something is amiss with their body.
Similar to any other accident, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation if your slip and fall was a result of someone’s negligence. If your injuries are severe and require hospitalization, contacting a Baytown slip and fall lawyer from Lone Star Injury Attorneys should be your first step. With our experience and resources, we can help establish that you are not at fault for your injuries and mount a strong case against the negligent party.
Not all personal injury cases necessitate the assistance of an attorney. If you have suffered minor damages in an accident and feel comfortable handling the claim on your own, you may choose to do so. However, for most slip and fall accident cases, self-representation is not advisable for two main reasons. First, determining fault in slip and fall accidents is often complex. Premises owners typically contest liability, even when it is clear. Second, defendants (such as store owners and their insurance companies) frequently dispute the severity of your injuries.
When you represent yourself, the liable parties may not take your claim seriously. Therefore, the primary role of your lawyer will be to capture the attention of the negligent party and their insurance company. Since slip and fall cases revolve around proving liability and damages, let’s examine how our Baytown attorneys can assist you with these crucial aspects.
For your case to proceed to trial or settle during negotiations with the appropriate insurance company, your lawyer must prove that the defendant was negligent and that this negligence significantly contributed to your injuries. Slip and fall incidents often happen rapidly, and victims are often unaware of the exact events leading to their fall. Therefore, your attorney will begin by determining how the accident occurred.
A skilled slip and fall accident lawyer will examine the scene, interview witnesses, review camera footage, and determine the specific circumstances of your injury. They may also consult and hire experts when necessary. Depending on your case, liability may fall on parties such as property owners, construction site managers, parking lot designers, road construction companies, employers in workplace falls, supermarket owners, or cleaning companies responsible for spills and wet floors. Liability will be based on the underlying cause of your fall.
Proving that you were injured and suffered damages requires tangible evidence. Your attorney will assist you in documenting all financial losses, including medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and any other relevant expenses. Proving economic damages is typically straightforward, but establishing non-economic losses can be more challenging. A skilled lawyer understands how to navigate this crucial process to ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Fortunately, most slip and fall injuries are minor and heal with home treatment. However, in some cases, individuals may sustain life-threatening injuries resulting in permanent harm or, in the worst cases, death. It is crucial to seek immediate medical evaluation if you sense something is not right.
Common slip and fall injuries include broken bones, spinal injuries, cuts and bruises, torn ligaments, head injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Our attorneys can assist you in calculating damages based on the severity of your slip and fall injuries. According to the National Safety Council, 42,114 people died in slip and fall accidents in 2020 in the U.S.
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.