As a Miami personal injury lawyer, I speak with many people who have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident. Falling is a leading cause of injury, and sometimes someone else is to blame for the accident. In that case, you could be entitled to recover financial damages. Here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions to consider when determining whether you have a case:
Does it matter if I fell in or outside of the store?
Yes, where you have your accident matters. In order for a third party to be negligent or to blame for your fall, it has to happen on their property. In a situation like this, it is necessary to be incredibly precise when recalling the exact location of your accident. For example, if you fell in a store at the shopping mall, the store itself could be liable. If you fell outside at the entrance, it could be the responsibility of the property manager or of the company that owns the mall itself.
What should I do after a fall?
If you had an accident at a store or location that should be maintained by a particular business or agency, you need to contact them and file an accident report immediately. This is critical because, as an attorney, I have to prove that you not only had an accident but also when and where it occurred. If you wait to file a report, it will shed doubt on whether you were actually injured in the location you said you were. It is to your advantage to document what happened immediately.
What do I need to document?
Write down the exact location of your accident, what caused it, the environmental conditions, any witnesses and their contact information, and anything else that could help prove your version of events. The more information you gather, the better. Remember, you will have to prove what happened, so being specific is important. For example, saying that a railing was loose is different from identifying the exact location of the loose railing and taking a picture of it.
Who will pay for my medical bills?
There is no easy answer to this because it depends on the situation. Some businesses have a process in place where doctors can bill them directly. Otherwise, you may have to run it through your insurance and then get reimbursed through the legal process. As an attorney, I can speak with your medical providers and see if they will hold off on billing you until after the trial or settlement negotiations are complete.
Do I need an attorney, or can I work with the company on my own?
Slip-and-fall personal injury cases are among the most difficult to prove. I recommend that you call my office and schedule a consultation, so you can hire an attorney as soon as possible. I will then go to work gathering evidence to prove the following:
- You were injured
- Where exactly you were injured
- What caused your injury
- That the other party knew or should have known about the issue and should have fixed it
- Any physical and financial damages you have suffered as a result of the accident
There are many factors that must be taken into consideration, so hiring an attorney is your best chance for a successful outcome to your case.
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