How can an attorney help with my slip and fall case?
Many people think of slip and fall accidents as only minor inconveniences. But the truth is that falling accidents are one of the leading causes of catastrophic injuries.
When you have slipped and become injured as the result of another party’s carelessness, you may be owed financial recovery. It is critical to speak with a personal injury attorney following a slip and fall accident.
Victims are usually responsible for mounting medical costs. Injured people also experience significant emotional and psychological harm following their slip and fall.
Make sure to pursue the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled. Do not allow negligent property owners, employers, or businesses to go unaccountable.
Even if you are certain that you have a valid claim, you may ask, “How can an attorney help with my slip and fall case?” For the answer to this question, reach out to the compassionate tort lawyers at America’s largest personal injury firm.
The team at Morgan & Morgan proudly provides free legal case evaluations for the victims of injuries. When you fill out the contact form on our website, we will review the circumstances of your claim and help you recover the money you are owed.
How to Prove Liability in a Slip and Fall Injury Case?
One of the most important elements of any legal tort claim is proving liability. In personal injury cases, victims may be owed financial compensation from the party who is responsible for the damage.
In a slip and fall case, the responsible party is often the owner of the property where the accident occurred. Whether you are filing a personal injury lawsuit or pursuing an insurance settlement, one of the knowledgeable legal professionals at Morgan and Morgan can help.
To successfully recover damages in this type of case, you will need to provide evidence that the opposing party was “negligent.” Negligence, in the legal sense, typically involves four elements that the plaintiff must prove:
Duty of Care
The claimant needs to show that the at-fault party owed them a duty of care. This implied legal duty applies in many situations and contexts.
For instance, business owners have a legal duty of care to provide a reasonably safe environment for their patrons and customers. Similarly, owners of apartment complexes have a duty of care to keep walkways and stairs free of ice and other obstacles that could cause harm to tenants and visitors.
The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan will gather evidence to show that the negligent party in your case owed you a duty of care.
Breach of Duty
To recover damages, the plaintiff needs to prove that the negligent party in their slip and fall case breached the duty of care. For instance, suppose that a restaurant owner fails to post signage warning patrons about a spill or leak.
If a customer slips and falls, the owner may be required to pay for the resulting monetary and personal harm the injury victim suffered. When property owners or business operators fail to provide reasonably safe accommodations, they may be considered “negligent.”
The plaintiff in a personal injury case must provide evidence that the defendant’s carelessness or recklessness caused their injury. If you are found to be liable for your own slip and fall accident, you will be unable to recover compensation.
The opposing party may attempt to argue that you were responsible for the injuries you sustained. This could affect your case in a number of ways, depending on the state where you file the claim.
Fortunately, Morgan and Morgan has skilled tort attorneys nationwide. Our legal team has a thorough knowledge of liability statutes in all areas of the country.
Finally, proving negligence involves offering evidence that the slip and fall accident resulted in actual harm. If you slipped and fell without being hurt at all, you will not be eligible for financial recovery.
However, many slip and fall injuries result in significant financial losses and personal harm. Speak with an attorney at Morgan and Morgan to explore the options in your situation.
What Damages Can I Pursue in a Slip and Fall Accident Case?
Slip and fall accidents may result in catastrophic physical and emotional damage for victims. Through a legal claim or filed lawsuit, you can pursue both “economic” and “non-economic” damages.
Economic damages include:
- Loss of the ability to earn income
- Missed wages from an inability to work
- Current and past medical bills
- Expected future medical care costs
- Medical travel, including ambulance rides
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional turmoil
- Loss of quality of life
When you consult with a seasoned Morgan & Morgan attorney, we will accurately calculate the value of your slip and fall case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
The time limit for filing a personal injury claim varies by state. This legal timeline is known as the “statute of limitations.”
You should consult with one of our lawyers as soon as possible following an injury. Failing to file in time will result in the dismissal of your claim.
Let Morgan & Morgan Fight for You
When you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, make sure to pursue the money you need. Do not settle for less than the best legal representation.
The team at Morgan & Morgan will provide you with a no-cost legal case evaluation when you complete our online form. Our attorneys are on your side.