Slip and Fall Claims
Though most people don’t necessarily expect to slip and fall, trip and fall, or otherwise injure themselves while entering upon another’s property, accidents happen. Whether it is a slip and fall in a slick grocery store aisle, a tumble down a poorly lit stairwell, trip on an object or mishap at a local pool, these accidents can come with serious injuries for anyone involved. They also raise complicated legal questions about who may be responsible. At Banafshe Law Firm, a Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer is always available to represent people who have been injured in a wide range of accidents.
We combine decades of legal experience handling these cases to help clients get the compensation they deserve. Each premises liability lawyer also works diligently to ensure that those responsible for the unsafe conditions that caused the accident are made fully accountable. We have recovered millions of dollars for slip and fall victims.
We understand the pain and stress that can come with being injured in an accident, especially when it happens through no fault of your own. Premises liability is a form of personal injury law, and our personal injury attorneys fight for the people that we represent in the courtroom and at the bargaining table so that clients can focus on their physical recovery.
Slips and falls are a common type of premises liability accident in which, as the name suggests, a person slips, trips, tumbles or otherwise falls to the ground and is injured. They happen in a variety of settings, including:
These accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including wet floors, cluttered aisles, poor lighting, rickety handrails, icy surfaces and damaged walkways. Anyone who is injured in a slip and fall should seek medical attention, even if the injury appears to be relatively minor. The full impact of an accident may not be entirely clear in the immediate aftermath. It is also important to consult an experienced Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer to consider your rights and options.
Slip and fall lawyers do much more than file lawsuits and try cases in court. An experienced Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer can help you from the very first day of your accident, and in fact, may be able to help get your case resolved without even filing suit.
Even if you don’t go to court, you will have to prove to the insurance company that you were injured as a result of the property owner’s negligence. This means that you will have to gather extensive evidence including incident reports, witness statements, photographs, and security camera footage, as well as medical documentation of your injuries and proof of your lost income. This can seem overwhelming if you are trying to recover from your injuries, but a lawyer can gather all of the evidence that you will need to support your claim.
Many people who are injured in a slip and fall accident become quickly overwhelmed with the volume of phone calls and letters that they have to deal with in order to pursue a claim. If you decide to work with a Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer, they can speak on your behalf. This means that they can talk to the insurance companies, your medical providers, the property owners, and anyone else you authorize them to speak to. This means that you can focus on your recovery while your claim continues to move forward.
Insurance companies typically try to settle claims for as little as possible. Whether they make the first offer or they are responding to your claim, they routinely offer to pay less than what would be fair compensation. A skilled Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer can negotiate the best possible settlement of your claim.
If you are unable to settle your claim for the amount you hoped for, a Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer can walk you through your options. This may mean accepting less than what you may be owed if you do not want to go to court. On the other hand, your lawyer can explain the advantages of going to court and the likely outcome if you proceed.
The legal system can be challenging for non-lawyers to navigate, and procedural errors can jeopardize your claim. If you decide that going to court is your best option, an experienced Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer can prepare and file the lawsuit on your behalf. Your lawyer will be able to navigate the legal system and use the tools available to build the strongest possible case and maximize your compensation.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, you might be wondering what steps you should take in seeking compensation for your pain and suffering, medical care, etc. While a personal injury claim can be a bit daunting, taking the right actions following the accident can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. With that in mind, here are the basic steps you should take if you have been (or ever become) injured in a slip and fall accident.
It is always a good idea to have a formal record of the incident, even if you don't think your injury is serious. The details of the accident should be documented, and you should review what is written down before you agree to the details in the accident report.
If a formal accident report is not generated, send a notarized letter to the property owner outlining the details of the accident as well as any other relevant details regarding necessary medical care or treatment that results from your injury. Keep a copy of this letter for your personal records.
Even if you feel fine and don't think you were badly hurt, it is imperative that you see your doctor or visit the ER to be thoroughly checked out. Do not decline any test, procedure, or therapy. Request and retain copies of all relevant paperwork. If you send a notarized letter to the property owner, include copies of all medical documents with it.
Insurance companies operate in their own and their clients' best interests, not yours. In most cases, insurance settlements do not provide adequate or reasonable compensation. Lump sum settlements do not take into account things like long-term treatment or care, loss of wages over time, or other financial hardships your injury could cause.
Even if the insurance agent tells you that you won't get a better deal going through a lawyer, don't be fooled. It is important that you know your rights and understand the terms of any settlement to which you agree. That leads to our last and most important bit of advice...
You owe it to yourself to understand your rights as an injured person. An insurance agent will only give you half the story. A seasoned personal injury or premises liability attorney can explain all of your legal rights and work with the insurance company to get you the settlement you deserve, not the one they want to give you.
After an accident, an experienced attorney at Banafshe Law Firm, PC can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 800-789-8840 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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