Slip and fall cases are, unfortunately, one of the most common types of personal injury cases. In a slip and fall case, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant was negligent in their responsibility to ensure a safe walking surface for pedestrians and that this negligence directly resulted in injuries suffered by the plaintiff. If you have recently been injured because of a slip and fall, then you should know that there are several reasons why you should contact an attorney. Take a look below for a few of the most important ones.
You Cannot Prove Liability on Your Own
Proving that someone else is liable for your injuries is not as simple as showing that a given surface was unsafe. You will have to prove that maintenance of the surface was the responsibility of the defendant and that the defendant repeatedly acted (or failed to act) in such a way that constituted an unreasonable amount of risk. All of this can be difficult to prove on your own but is much more straightforward with an attorney's help.
Your Medical Bills Are Piling Up
If your slip and fall causes you to suffer a serious injury, then it is likely you will need to undergo a series of medical exams and procedures during subsequent treatment. This is bound to result in medical bills that pile up more quickly than you can pay them. Without a lawyer, you may feel forced to accept the first possible settlement offered and then pay off medical debt for years to come. Fortunately, an attorney can work to make sure you don't have to settle for this — they can fight for compensation that is in line with what others have received in similar situations.
You Are No Longer Able to Work
One of the worst consequences of a slip and fall case is a sudden inability to perform the work you once did professionally. For example, someone who made a living doing manual labor may now be unemployable because they find strenuous physical work too painful. Even someone who has worked in an office their entire lives may, for example, find that the effects of a concussion now leave them unable to perform tasks that used to be routine. Attorneys who focus on slip and fall accidents can prove that your inability to return to work justifies compensation for both lost wages and additional pain and suffering.
For more information, contact a slip and fall accident attorney.Share