Do You Need a Lawyer After a Slip-and-Fall or Trip-and-Fall Accident?

If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, you may be wondering if you need the counsel or help of an experienced New York personal injury lawyer. In such cases, you should definitely secure the help of an attorney promptly and avoid navigating the process of filing a claim on your own, as it often becomes complicated very quickly.

Like any other personal injury case, there is no substitute for experience when it comes to handling the challenges and complexities of a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall case. Without the legal knowledge and awareness of the nuances that are inherent to these types of cases, you may risk making mistakes that reduce the value of your settlement or even end up not receiving any compensation.

Why Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Cases Are Complicated

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, it is important to understand why these cases can be challenging. Here are some of the potential issues you may run into in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall case:

Proving Liability

One of the biggest challenges of these cases is showing that the property owner, manager or other party fully understood and knew the danger that existed and caused your injury. Plaintiffs (injured party) in slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall cases must prove that property owners or managers knew or should have known about the hazard that caused the injury and that they did not take the necessary steps to prevent the accident from happening. Proving these elements are not simple. An experienced injury lawyer can provide insight and resources in your case. He or she will also be able to help collect and compile crucial evidence that establishes there was negligence (carelessness) on the part of the defendants.

Dealing with Insurance Companies

Most premises liability cases involve the property owner or manager’s insurance company. Typically, insurance companies are backed by legal teams that are looking to protect their bottom line and may want to minimize payouts to victims. Insurance companies have the resources as well as tried and tested strategies to minimize your claim. With an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side, insurance companies should not be able to take advantage of you and you may be poised to secure maximum compensation for your losses.

Here are situations when you need a good lawyer on your side:

• If you have suffered severe injuries because of someone else’s negligence (carelessness), it is imperative that you contact a lawyer as early as possible in the process. Serious injuries such as hip fractures or head injuries often lead to substantial medical bills and create a need for ongoing treatment and even surgery. The more severe your injuries, the higher the value of your case may be. In such cases, having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side will help ensure that you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.
• If you find that the insurance company is trying to offer you a low settlement offer, you will need an experienced lawyer who can help negotiate for the compensation you deserve in your case. Your lawyer can help determine the full extent of the damages you have sustained as a result of the accident.
• If the defendant or insurance company is denying liability in your case, then you need the backing of an experienced lawyer who can help gather evidence and present a strong claim on your behalf. If liability is disputed in your case, your attorney can help determine fault and liability.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you were involved in a slip-and-fall or a trip-and-fall accident as a result of someone else’s negligence (carelessness), please remember that you have rights. Some of the damages that victims of such accidents can claim include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, past and future pain and suffering, permanent injury, etc.

For over 51 years, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our skilled attorneys can help you better understand your legal rights and options and will fight hard to recover compensation for you.

Our law firm recovered $1,700,000 for a woman who slipped and fell and received no hospital or medical treatment for one month after the accident. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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