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Why You Should Use a Slip and Fall Attorney

Published at June 17, 2020 by administrator.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it may seem unclear whether you need a specific slip and fall attorney or not. The fault for a slip and fall accident is often much harder to determine than other personal injury cases. This makes it more difficult to successfully bring your case before a judge and win all on your own.

An attorney can help get the defendant to take the case seriously. With an attorney by your side, you have a second person working with you to get the settlement you deserve. Self-represented slip and fall claims often fall short. It’s critical that you consider hiring an attorney if you want the best chance of a settlement or legal award.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over 8 million visits to the emergency room each year, with fractures being the most common injury incurred. Hip fractures are the most serious injury, causing the greatest ongoing health problems and even death. 

Typical Slip and Fall Cases

We have all slipped. It can happen to any of us. Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand that not all slips or falls are your fault, though. In many situations, there is another party who should be liable for the slip happening.

Here are some common situations where a person could slip and fall. Each of these represents a possible liability situation where a legal claim could be made.

  1. Slipping on an icy sidewalk in front of a store.
  2. Falling on a poorly maintained walkway in front of a home.
  3. Slipping at the grocery store.
  4. Falling at a friend’s barbeque party.
  5. Tripping over a dog leash and falling.
  6. Slipping on an unshoveled pathway in the snow.
  7. Slipping on ice in a parking lot.

These are just a few examples of when a slip or fall could be a legal situation. Often a slip or fall involves you being injured. You might also lose out on work, require medical attention, and need physical therapy to recover. Suing after a slip and fall is how you can recover some financial assistance after dealing with an incident that you didn’t have control over.

What a Slip and Fall Legal Case Involves

A man sitting on stairs after slipping.

 A fall can have devastating effects on a person. Older adults can have a significant traumatic injury from even a low-level fall. Anyone, regardless of age, can fall and suffer long-lasting injuries that change the way they live.

When you hire a slip and fall attorney, the process can move rather quickly. It is essential that you understand what to do in a slip and fall situation and what information is important for your legal case. 

Let’s go over five important steps in your legal case:

  1. Seek medical treatment immediately following the accident. It is important for a doctor to evaluate you and document your injuries right away. Those medical records will be an essential part of your case later on.
  2. Report the incident as soon as possible. This means to contact the store manager, landlord, or homeowner and document what has happened. Make a written report so there is proof that this step was completed.
  3. Keep a document log of everything. Names, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the incident, or is involved in the case. Keep a document of your physical symptoms and injuries. Keep a document of any work that has been missed. Write up a detailed description of the entire events of that day as soon as you can.
  4. Do not give detailed statements to anyone else involved. After reporting the incident you should not give a detailed description to the manager, store owner, or anyone else. Wait for your attorney to give guidance on this. Also, do not post on social media about the incident.
  5. Hire a slip and fall attorney. It is important to schedule a visit with your attorney as soon as you are able to. Provide them with all the documentation and listen to their guidance on what you should do next.

Your attorney will contact the property owner and the insurance company involved. Many times a case can be settled without the need for a court hearing, but sometimes both parties will need to sit in front of a judge to decide the case.

Getting hurt in a slip or fall can be a very scary time. Having this information handy and knowing what to do can help you win a case.

Stafford Law Can Help

The Stafford Law Firm has a team of lawyers who are knowledgeable on the Florida legal system and how slip and fall cases are handled. Every slip and fall case is unique, and your attorney will go over the details with you to assess how we can help.

Your attorney will be there to listen to your side of the story. We understand that slip and fall cases are complex and involve many aspects of your physical and mental wellbeing, and we take the time to listen to you. Contact the Stafford Firm for a free consultation today! We can walk you through the process of a slip and fall legal case. We are open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. You can reach us by calling (561) 540-4533 or visiting us at 2290 10th Avenue North, Suite 302, Lake Worth, Florida 33461

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