We all know that suffering personal injury is always a distressing experience. You have to go through the immediately apparent physical trauma, but you may also need to deal with emotional and mental trauma as well. As if that was not enough, you may also find yourself suffering financially as a result of your accident.
Pursuing a personal injury claim may also be incredibly taxing on both your time and energy. Because of all this, most victims do not choose to open up a personal injury case unless their injuries have significantly impacted their lives. It is not a choice to be made lightly.
Every personal injury case is built on a breach of a duty of care. In cases of slip-and-fall accidents, the property owner has breached their duty of care to anyone who steps foot on the property. It can feel especially violating and stressful to know that somebody has neglected their responsibility to keep you safe.
Unfortunately, not everybody understands how severe a slip-and-fall accident can be. In fact, it is not altogether uncommon for slip-and-fall cases to be taken out of context or just manipulated entirely. For these reasons, many people may have skewed views of the reality of a slip-and-fall accident.
You may still have some of these misconceptions even if you have recently suffered a slip-and-fall accident yourself. In this blog post, we will help debunk some of the most common misconceptions for you. Read on to find out more.
Because slip-and-fall accidents sound like such a common occurrence, many people believe that they are never really serious enough to sue over. While it is true that many slip-and-fall accidents are relatively minor, they can easily become severe. Depending on the circumstances of the fall and the constitutional state of the victim, slip-and-fall accidents can be extraordinarily distressing. In fact, they may sometimes even be disabling.
Yes, there are some people out there who want to take advantage of the system and exaggerate their injuries for profit. Still, most slip-and-fall accidents are legitimate cases of personal injury. If a property owner has failed to ensure a safe environment for their guests or customers, then it is their negligence that has caused the accident. In such cases, victims have the legal right to seek out compensation for their damages. This does not make them greedy—they are simply seeking out what they are rightfully owed.
If you have recently suffered a slip-and-fall accident, you may feel that it would be pointless for you to open up a case. You may simply be too fatigued to deal with all the emotional energy and time demanded of opening up a claim, or you may be under the impression that the property owner would not be able to afford to compensate you.
Here is the truth of the matter: even if the property owner tells you that they would not be able to pay for your damages, you are probably still entitled to collect damages. In fact, it may even be likely that the property owner is lying to you.
Most property owners are legally required to carry insurance—insurance that covers things like slip-and-fall injuries. So what does this mean? Whether or not the property owner would be able to pay their settlement out of their own pocket is irrelevant. In reality, the insurance company would be paying your settlement.
Regardless of whether or not the property owner is covered by insurance, chances are that it is in your best interest to seek out the help of an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer. Doing so can help you maximize your chances of receiving a proper settlement, ensuring that you are rightfully compensated for all your damages.
When it comes to personal injury, it is true that it is always important to act quickly. You want to make sure that your file your claim before the statute of limitations runs out, and you also want to make sure that you give your lawyer enough time to prepare for your case.
At the same time, this does not mean that you want to be in such a frenzy that you immediately accept the first settlement offer you receive. It is not uncommon for property owners or insurance companies to try to convince you to settle out of court. These settlements are generally made to be as small as possible, so as to limit their own losses.
These early settlements may also be amended later on to ensure that you are not able to file a lawsuit against them in the future. This can be disastrous if you find that the injuries inflicted upon you by your slip-and-fall accident are even more serious than you initially thought. For these reasons, it is wise for you to wait until you know the full extent of your injuries and medical expenses before agreeing to any settlement.
There is actually a correlation between this myth and myth #1! Contrary to popular belief, not all major injuries are made immediately evident. In fact, there are many cases where injuries take some time to fully manifest. This is true no matter what kind of accident you suffer, but it is especially true in cases of slip-and-fall accidents.
Because of this, it is absolutely imperative for you to seek out medical attention immediately after a slip-and-fall accident—no matter how minor you feel your injuries are. You do not want to have to deal with any unexpected injuries later on, especially when it comes to head injuries.
This last myth may seem like a direct contradiction to what we have established earlier on in this blog post. It is true that property owners have an obligation to keep their guests and customers safe on their property. However, this does not necessarily mean that every slip-and-fall accident is a result of the property owner’s negligence.
In order to pursue a successful slip-and-fall claim, you will need to establish causation between your accident and the property owner’s negligence or otherwise wrongful actions. If there is no direct correlation between your injuries and any wrongdoing on behalf of the property owner, then you likely do not have a case.
It can be difficult to recover from slip-and-fall accidents, and it can be even more difficult to try to fight a case on your own. We at Injury Victim Law can help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is available to assist victims all across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide slip-and-fall accident attorneys. We are here to fight for you and your rights.