Skilled Guidance for Slip-And-Fall Accident Claims
Property owners and managers all have a certain legal duty to keep the premises reasonably safe for customers, guests and other visitors. When they fail, slip-and-fall accidents can happen. Victims can be left with serious injuries.
At Farese, Farese, & Farese, P.A., our attorneys take a thorough and determined approach to every personal injury case we represent here in Ashland and Oxford. Whether you are suffering from broken bones, back injuries or traumatic brain injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall, we can help.
What Should You Do if You Suffer a Slip-And-Fall on Someone’s Property?
Perhaps you fell because there was something slick on the floor or there was a faulty handrail on the stairs; the fall may have occurred in a retail store, a parking garage, a hotel, an office building or at someone’s residence. No matter how or where it occurred, immediately seek medical attention by calling 911; your well-being is the ultimate priority. If you were injured at a store, restaurant or other commercial property, notify the owner or manager as soon as possible after the fall – ideally right after you call for medical assistance.
These two steps are critical when it comes to establishing a connection between your fall and your injuries and can reduce the chances that your claim will be outright denied. However, you should refrain from making any statements about the incident, nor should you admit fault. Wait until you have legal guidance before you talk about what happened.
Even if you are injured on someone’s rental property, it is important to take these steps. Both tenants and landlords can sometimes be held accountable through premise liability claims, so do not be dissuaded from making a claim just because nobody wants to accept responsibility for the unsafe property conditions.
How Use of a Warning Sign Affects a Slip-And-Fall Claim
Warning signs can serve as a way to notify visitors of a hazard, but they do not automatically negate a property owner’s liability in slip-and-fall cases. The totality of the circumstances behind the fall has to be taken into consideration. In many cases, signs are placed where they cannot be seen or only at one side of a hazard.
Again, do not allow anybody to tell you that you do not have a valid premises liability claim after a slip and fall. Talk to an experienced lawyer and let them evaluate your claim.
Why Do You Need an Attorney To Help With a Claim?
Insurance companies do not want to pay victims any more than they must. It takes an attorney to properly set a value on your claim and make sure that the evidence supports your position. An attorney can also keep the insurance company from contacting you directly to try to coax you into saying something they can use to assign fault your way. Finally, an attorney knows how to handle the hard negotiations – and when to take a case to trial.
How Long Does It Take To Resolve a Slip-And-Fall Claim?
Every case runs along a unique timeline. Meaningful negotiations may not even be possible until you have recovered from your injuries. Once negotiations start, a settlement may only take weeks or months if the defendants are being reasonable. If they are not, the case may end up in litigation, and it can take a year or longer to settle.
Trust Your Slip-And-Fall Claim To a Law Firm With a History of Success
Since 1939, Farese, Farese, & Farese, P.A., has been looking after the interests of our clients in numerous legal matters, including slip-and-fall claims. We are not afraid to tackle complicated cases with powerful opponents.
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall due to another party’s negligence, call 662-736-1292 or use our online contact form to discuss your potential premises liability claim. Our consultations are always free, and we operate on a contingency fee basis, so our services are always affordable.