Slip and fall accidents are common, and while they do not require the representation of an attorney, there are some clear advantages of having a legal representative aid in your case.
While you may think that financially, it is better to represent yourself in a civil claim, learn why it is advantageous to utilize an attorney for a slip and fall accident.
While it is true you can file a claim with the insurance company(s) or a personal injury lawsuit without a lawyer, those who do often find that the nuances of premises liability law can be rather complex and determining liability much more difficult than expected.
Regan Zambri Long PLLC explains why you should utilize a lawyer for a slip and fall accident.
One of the most complex components of a slip and fall accident is knowing who is liable for the incident.
While oftentimes there is a shared level of fault between the property owner and the victim, in many states, even if you are partially at fault for the incident, you can still recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
A slip and fall lawyer can help you by doing the following.
Unlike an insurance adjuster, a lawyer is the only party who can and will answer questions for you with your best interest in mind. The insurance company and the property owner may express concern for you, but ultimately, they will be looking for any evidence against you to mitigate liability.
Therefore, by utilizing an attorney, you can rest assured that the legal advice you are given is to protect you and only you.
Further, most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis which means you don’t pay until a settlement or verdict is reached. Then, your attorney fees will be deducted from the award amount.
The insurance companies are going to want to settle your slip and fall case as quickly as possible. As such, they may throw a settlement amount at you, hoping that you’ll be overwhelmed and take the settlement.
Unfortunately, this does not leave you time to really establish liability and get the full value from your claim.
In addition to determining liability, your lawyer can also help you calculate current and future losses as a result of the accident. This includes medical bills and future medical bills, lost wages (both current and future), diminished quality of life, pain and suffering, amongst other losses.
The insurance company is not going to want to pay out a dime more than necessary so you’ll want a lawyer to help you calculate what fair compensation may be.
Once you’ve been presented with a settlement offer, your lawyer can then negotiate on your behalf a better amount of compensation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion.
While medical insurance is likely to cover a lot of this, know that there are some losses that insurance won’t cover.
While out-of-court settlements are common in slip and fall cases, it does not mean your case won’t have its day in court.
Though many victims of slip and fall cases think that they can represent themselves in court successfully, the reality is there are many legal nuances that can leave you stuck with an unfair verdict or having your case dismissed completely.
If you or your loved one sustained injuries as a result of a property owner’s negligence, Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.
The premises liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC have 100 years of combined experience and have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Our team can help you recover losses for:
Don’t wait any longer. Call (202) 960-4596 or contact us online today to schedule a no obligation, free consultation.