Hurt in a Slip and Fall Accident? Three Signs that You Have a Case
Slip and fall accidents injure thousands of people every day, sometimes leaving them with serious injuries that require emergency medical treatment. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any losses you have sustained, such as medical expenses, lost income, damage to any property you were carrying, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Not every slip and fall accident entitles victims to compensation – in order to recover, you need to be able to show that your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Whether or not negligence occurred is a complicated legal question, so you should be sure to discuss your case with a Lawrenceville personal injury lawyer in order to determine whether you have a claim.
There are some signs, however, that tend to indicate that you likely have a legal claim that you can pursue. Three of these are discussed below.
If You Are Being Offered Money
Being offered money by either the party responsible for the maintenance of the property where your slip and fall took place or their insurance company is a good indicator that they know that they are liable for your losses. Understand that they are probably not offering you money out of altruism, but rather as an attempt to limit their liability. If you accept a settlement, you will not be able to sue later. It is important to talk to an attorney prior to accepting any settlement offer, as it may be significantly less than your case is actually worth.
Your Accident was Clearly the Result of a Mistake
Another sign that you will be entitled to recovery is if your slip and fall were caused by a hazardous condition that was clearly caused by someone’s mistake or carelessness. Things like unmarked construction zones, liquid spills, failing to repair obviously dangerous conditions, or ignoring accumulations of snow or ice will likely be deemed negligent by a judge or jury.
The Other Party Retains Legal Counsel
If the party you believe was at fault for the accident retains an attorney, it is very likely a sign that they know that they may be at fault and that they expect you to take legal action. When this occurs, the first thing you should do is retain an attorney of your own. For a free case evaluation, call our office today.