Many slip and fall cases settle out of court. Like other personal injury cases, slip and fall accidents that occur because of another’s negligence warrant compensation for any losses and injuries sustained. Cases that go to trial normally take longer to be resolved. It is also challenging to prove that you slipped and fell because of someone’s negligence.
Because of how time-consuming any injury case can be, it’s ideal to settle before going to trial. A slip and fall accident lawyer can investigate your accident, collect evidence, identify and valuate your damages, and help you get compensation out of court. Your goal will be their goal. If you would prefer not to go to court, a lawyer can try to secure a fair settlement quickly so you can move on with your life.
Overview of Slip and Fall Cases
Slip and falls are considered premises liability cases that fall under personal injury law. Premises liability cases are designed to protect individuals from incurring damages caused by a property owner’s negligence. Through the building code, the law ensures that all properties are constructed in a way that doesn’t present hazards to their residents or visitors.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can happen under different circumstances, and each accident results in different injuries. Some examples of slip and fall injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Herniated discs
- Bone fracture
- Soft tissue damage
No matter what injury you sustained, our personal injury lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve.
How Long Will My Slip and Fall Claim Take?
It is difficult to say exactly how long a claim will take because each case is unique, and there can be multiple parties involved. A slip and fall accident lawyer might be able to predict tentative timelines, though, so that you know what to expect as you navigate the claim. Slip and fall claims generally involve three stages. They are as follows:
The first course of action after a slip and fall accident should be getting medical attention. The victim is evaluated by a physician and accorded the necessary treatment. When your condition is stable, the doctor then prescribes further treatment procedures that you might need later for a full recovery.
Our law firm will get you the best treatment possible if you haven’t received any yet, regardless of your insurance status. Your health is a major priority right now. After getting medical care, your personal injury lawyer engages the insurance company to negotiate your compensation. They will use your medical bills and future treatment costs to calculate your damages.
Settlement Negotiations May Fail
If negotiations fail, your injury lawyer then files a lawsuit and advocates for you in front of a jury and/or judge. While going to court may not be preferential, we want you to get the award you are entitled to, and we may have to fight for you in court to achieve this.
We can make in-court appearances for you, so you don’t have to endure court proceedings.
It is within your legal rights to reject any settlement offer. Settling out of court is an advantage since it saves both parties time and money. However, if you feel that the offer does not cover your damages fully, you can reject it and counter a more suitable offer. If you can’t come to an agreement with an insurance adjuster, court may be necessary.
How to Avoid Going to Court
Often, it’ll be in your best interest to settle your slip and fall case out of court. You should let your attorney know your preference so that they can adjust their strategy to ensure that your case doesn’t go to court.
To increase your chances of settling out of court, your lawyer should build the strongest claim possible. If you present an irrefutable case, the liable party may find it hard to defend their case and decide to settle out of court. Your lawyer will provide evidence to prove negligence and demonstrate how the accident affected you.
Get Help from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers
With over 40 years of experience, our lawyers understand slip and fall accident cases intimately. 1 We can help you get the compensation you deserve in the most convenient way possible. Slip and fall cases can be complicated, so it helps to have a legal advocate in your corner. They’ll do all the legal legwork for you as you recover.
Call us today at (843) 779-1777 to take advantage of our free initial consultation. Our legal team will answer any questions you might have regarding slip and fall accidents. Our attorneys take cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay nothing up front and out of pocket. We only get paid if you do, so there are zero financial risks with us.