No two slip and fall incidents are the same. Under different circumstances, each case should be handled in a manner that is tailored to the cause or causes of the accident. Oftentimes, negligence is present when we deal with slip and fall accidents. In a commercial setting, compensation can be tricky to obtain. Liability, in general, is a key issue in most slip and fall cases.
Because of this, we will always urge you to call an attorney as soon as possible. It is difficult to prove negligence and liability under possible “he said, she said” circumstances. When the finger-pointing and blame game begins, it’s time to call an attorney.
Establishing negligence, liability, and/or fault
As previously mentioned, slip and fall accidents are often difficult to prove fault. With an attorney on your side, they will do research and investigations to gather evidence to prove that the business or property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. Obviously, your personal account of the incident will be a key factor in the case, however, additional evidence will be necessary. Imagine, if you slipped and fell as a result of a puddle of water on the tile floor inside of a business establishment, your attorney would gather additional information to help your case. Were any signs posted as a warning? Was the puddle of water a result of negligent behavior on behalf of the business owner? These questions are all crucial to forming a strong case.
Dealing with the dreaded insurance companies
By now we hope you understand that insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind, especially when they work for big corporations! Getting fair compensation can be like pulling teeth. The difficulty of proving fault often trickles into difficulty dealing with insurance companies. If you don’t have a solid case, it makes it much easier for an insurance company to ignore your claim. When working directly with an attorney, you have someone there to stay persistent and ensure that you get the money you’re owed.
Determining Losses and Damages
Similar to proving fault and negligence, determining how much compensation you should be owed is a difficult task to do. With the help of an experienced slip and fall attorney here in St. Pete, you can get expert advice regarding compensation. Were you out of work? Did you experience lost wages? Were you left with hefty medical bills? All of these questions contribute to calculating fair compensation.
Essentially, hiring an attorney is recommended right away in the case of a slip and fall accident. This is important because slip and falls are notorious for being misunderstood or difficult to get an accurate account of the details.
Don’t make the mistake of skipping legal help on your slip and fall case. Reach out and discuss the details of your accident with an attorney. At Pipas Law, we take pride in fighting for our clients rights to fair compensation. Give us a call today.