Slip and Fall Accident FAQs
When is it time to call an attorney to handle my injury case stemming from my falling on a wet floor?
I did not realize the impact of the injury I sustained in the accident until recently and now I want to sue. Can I still file a personal injury claim?
A: Keep in mind that insurance adjusters will try all sorts of tactics to settle your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible. It doesn't matter if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury while losing your balance on slippery tiles.
One threat to your claim is that it could be outright denied. Insurance companies will search for any loopholes that put you at fault or cast doubt on your version of how your accident occurred.
Another threat is that you may be offered an unfair settlement. A San Diego injury law firm can help determine whether a settlement is truly fair and will address any future medical or vocational needs. If you accept a low settlement before you realize the full extent of your injuries after you're slip and fall on slippery tiles, you will not be able to ask for more damages.
Your claim could also be threatened if you think your insurance adjusters are fair. Be advised that their goal is to save the company money, not to look out for your best interest.
Q: When is it time to call an attorney to handle my injury case stemming from my falling on a wet floor?
A: You should call a San Diego slip and fall lawyer as soon as you're capable if you have suffered serious injuries after falling on a wet floor because of a property owner's negligence. Your attorney can help preserve evidence in a slip and fall accident, which is critical to a successful case.
Q: I was involved in a slip and fall accident almost 2 years ago. I did not realize the impact of the injury I sustained in the accident until recently and now I want to sue. Can I still file a personal injury claim?
A: Yes, you can. The statute of limitations for negligence in California is 2 years. You must either file a lawsuit or settle your claims within 2 years from the date of your injury accident. Otherwise, all of your claims will be lost once the statute of limitations expires.
However, because of the investigation that needs to take place before a lawsuit can be filed, you should contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible to receive a free consultation.
Q: What should I do about a slip and fall accident on someone else's property? I slipped and fell on some water in a grocery store and injured my knee and lower back.
A: If you have been injured following an accident--whether a slip and fall at a grocerty store, car accident, or something else--you should go to see a doctor. Your health is your most important asset and you should do whatever you can to protect it. If you do not have health insurance, you will need to find a way to pay for your care in the short term, but do not put off seeing a doctor.
Premises liability accidents are complex cases because you not only have to prove that the accident caused you an injury and the extent of that injury, but you also have to prove that the property owner was somehow responsible for creating a dangerous condition on their property. That is not a given fact. You have to prove that a dangerous condition did in fact exist on the property, that the owner had notice of the condition, and failed to repair the condition or provide warning.
To prove these factual elements, it will be necessary to consult with a personal injury attorney who can perform an initial evaluation and determine whether there is a good chance that the property owner is responsible for causing your injury. At that point, should you choose to hire an attorney to represent you, the attorney will hire a private investigator and/or an expert in safety standards and human factors to help gather evidence. The private investigator helps gather facts and data for the attorney and the expert while the expert is ultimately a witness who will appear at trial and testify whether there are violations of the building code, applicable safety standards, or based upon the facts presented that the property owner is negligent.
The fact of the matter, however, is that you probably do not need a lawyer--nor should you hire an attorney--unless you a seriously hurt due to your slip and fall. The reason for this is that because these are complex cases, in order to justify hiring experts and conducting an investigation, your damages must be serious enough so that you can hope to recover more compensation than it will cost to prove your case. This generally requires a recommendation for a surgery or a fractured bone. If your accident caused these types of injuries, our San Diego personal injury attorneys would be willing to meet with you and discuss your case. The consultation is always free and can be scheduled by calling (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020.
Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.