While some personal injury cases don’t necessarily call for the services of an attorney, the majority do. Slip and fall cases, in particular, are often not suitable for self-representation as they concern questions of liability. In other words, when someone slips and falls, it is often not clear who is at fault. In addition, property owner defendants typically argue that the accuser’s injuries are less severe than they claim. When issues like fault or the extent of injuries are in question, it may be wise to seek legal counsel through an attorney experienced in slip and fall cases. 

Establishing Fault

In slip and fall accidents, it can be very difficult to determine who was at fault. Property owners will normally do everything in their power to deny responsibility for injury unless their liability is clear. It is up to an attorney to help prove that the property owner was negligent in some way and that this negligence played a role in causing the injury. A lawyer’s first job, therefore, is to thoroughly investigate how the slip causing the injury occurred. Did the plaintiff misstep? Was there an unsafe condition on the property, like snow, ice or a defect in the path or stairs? If so, was a warning posted? A good attorney will research all of these factors and determine exactly how the fall took place as well as whether the location conditions violated any applicable laws or regulations. 

Communicating with Insurance Companies

Victims of injuries not only need to deal with property owners but also their insurance companies. If a victim has not retained an attorney, this sends a signal to the insurance company that the case is weak and that they may be able to ignore any claims of liability. Slip and fall attorneys can be much more successful than injured parties at dealing with insurance companies and settling claims as a result. 

Documenting Losses and Receiving Compensation

When someone injured in a slip and fall accident is unable to work for a period of time, he or she may be able to recoup financial losses assuming the property owner was at fault. Proper documentation of the accident itself, medical records and bills, and employment records showing lost income are essential to this process. An experienced attorney will assure these documents are in order and will also prepare any claims of non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. This research and preparation allow an attorney to present a full and clear picture of the losses the injured party incurred. 

Selecting an Experienced Attorney

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, your best course of action is to consult with an attorney that specializes in this type of case. An experienced lawyer will be aware of local laws and should be able to quickly determine whether you have a valid claim.  

At Hudgins Law Firm, our sole responsibility is to YOU. You deserve legal counsel who understands your hardship and will fight for the compensation you’re entitled to following a slip and fall case. Having served the greater Tampa area for over 35-years, we understand the importance of building relationships with our clients. To set up a FREE consultation, call us toll-free at 800-950-5534, or complete this form on our website.