DO YOU HAVE GROUNDS FOR A LAWSUIT?
(Apr. 30, 2019) — Did you recently slip and fall at work and sustain an injury? Click here to find out 5 signs you should hire a personal injury attorney.
Accidents happen to the best of us, but what do you do when they happen at work? Should you sue your employer for slipping and falling on the job?
Whether you’re only a little clumsy or you sustained an injury because of your company’s negligence, it’s a good idea to dig deeper before calling an attorney.
Even though your case could be legitimate, keep in mind that it could take many years to resolve–that’s a long time to wait. Slip and fall cases can also be difficult to win.
Unclear as to whether you have a slip and fall lawsuit on your hands?
Keep reading to learn the five signs that you should hire a personal injury attorney.
The Slip and Fall Caused Severe or Disabling Injuries
Sometimes a slip and fall accident results in minor injuries like scrapes or bruises. But if you had no prior injuries and suddenly find yourself on crutches–or worse–you should call an attorney.
An attorney can determine how much you’re owed from serious injuries–beyond what your medical bills state.
After a fall, you’ll want to keep records of all medical bills and time lost from work. Serious injuries can also result in long-term care or physical therapy. An attorney can make sure that you’re compensated for everything.
Your Medical Care Was Inadequate
Did the care given to you result in worse injuries, or is the money that the insurance company provided you not covering everything you need to get better?
You don’t want to wait for injuries to get worse. Often, injuries show up later and if not addressed right away with proper care and therapy, can cause problems for the rest of your life.
Don’t forget to document everything related to your medical care and save all your bills. It could help your case.
You’re Armed With Evidence–LOTS of it
The good news is that most accidents aren’t the fault of the injured party. The bad news? That could be difficult to prove in a court of law.
Your best bet is to make sure that, first of all, there’s no way that someone can blame you for what happened.
If any of the following lead up to your slipping and falling, you might not have a case:
- Fiddling with your clothing or carrying too much stuff
- Going too fast and missed a step
- Missed a handrail
- Lost your balance
Even if one of your co-workers left something on the ground and you tripped over it, there may not be grounds for a lawsuit.
Was it something else? Great! Make sure that you keep good records of everything that happened before, during and after the accident.
Were there witnesses? Jot down their information and get their story right away.
Stay calm and don’t speak to anyone about what happened except for your attorney. Instead, keep the most detailed records possible.
The more information you have, the better your chances of winning your lawsuit.
The Insurance Company is Ripping You Off
After a slip and fall at work, the last thing you should worry about is battling with insurance companies. You should focus on healing from your injuries.
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters aren’t paid to worry about your health. They’re usually trying to offer as little money as possible to you to cover your most basic expenses–including bills and lost wages.
Often, that amount is not enough. Or worse, they deny that you’re owed anything at all.
If you feel like an insurance company is giving you the run-around, or that they’ve lowballed you, you may want to seek help from a lawyer. Personal injury attorneys deal with insurance companies all the time, so they can help you have peace of mind that you’re getting a fair amount in a settlement.
There Were Several People Involved in the Accident
Cases can become very complicated and time-consuming when there are multiple injured parties involved.
In a situation like this, it may be best to hire an attorney to handle your case. This will save yourself the headache of making all the calls and rifling through the paperwork on your own.
An attorney can also help make sure that you get the largest amount possible, as you’ll share the settlement money from a slip and fall lawsuit with everyone involved.
Your Health is the Most Important Consideration
A slip and fall lawsuit can be difficult to pursue and take a very long time to settle.
However, if an injury is not your fault and is causing you undue stress and hardship, it’s a good idea to seek advice from an experienced personal injury attorney who can handle the hard work while you allow your body time to heal up properly.
If these five signs apply to your situation, by all means, don’t wait–there may be a statute of limitations on a case like yours and you don’t want to exceed that.
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Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.