Have You Suffered a Slip and Fall Injury? What are the Next Steps?
Slip & Fall Injuries Require Legal Help
There are tons of commercials about lawyers talking about how slip and fall accidents require a personal injury lawyer to get the victim the damages they deserve. “Damages” is odd word choice, considering the damage was done to the victim, particularly head or back injuries. However, the damages refer to the things that will cost you money for you to get better. And the damages can have a domino effect, causing issues with relationships, your family and work. This attorney is trained to get evidence before it disappears and to get background information to make your case. Yet, you’re thinking that you can do these things yourself.
Although you can take pictures of the accident scene, do you know what else to do? How will you get the information on the property owner? A slip and fall can happen anywhere – in a store, on a sidewalk or in a restaurant. For example, you are walk down an aisle in a grocery store and slip and fall on water that leaked in front of a vegetable unit, which mists the vegetables every 10 minutes to keep them fresh. Who you point the finger at – the store or the manufacturer of the vegetable unit? A person injury lawyer knows which questions to ask to determine who is at fault. The lawyer would have an expert witness who is a forensic engineer who can tell why and how the leak appeared. And then there is dealing with the insurance company, not only yours but the one representing the grocery store and/or the vegetable unit manufacturer.
You are trying to get better while taking care of your family; you don’t have the strength to deal with all of this on your own. And you just want the money to pay the bills and past the accident. You deserve more, especially if you have pre-existing condition (e.g. a bad back) that was made ten-times worse from the fall. Or, you end up with a scar that will affect you mentally and physically.
Damages Awarded in Slip & Falls
As mentioned above, when you are the victim of a slip and fall, your injury determines how you will live the rest of your life. If you are lucky, you just sprained an ankle or wrist. Even with minor injuries, you will lose time from work to heal and/or doctor appointments. The damages include:
- Medical Bills
- Future Medical Bills (Quality of Life)
- Pain & Suffering
- Compensation for Permanent Scarring
- Wrongful Death
- Lost & Future Wages
A slip and fall attorney will know how much the insurance company can pay, instead of what they offer. Obtaining the right documents is another task for the attorney. The documents the pull will prove the pay you earn and what you will lose due to your injury. Further, the proof of your injury is also needed in the form of medical reports as well as a written statement from your doctor detailing the injury and how it will prevent you from working and/or performing everyday activities.
PA & South Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers
Having a personal injury lawyer on your side ensures that your case will have a successful outcome. You will have the confidence that you will be taken care of during the legal process. At the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman, personal attention is the hallmark of our firm. Our attorneys understand this is a difficult time for you and your family. Contact us today or give us a call at 215-569-4488 to learn more about our 1/3 fee and free case evaluation.