Were you on someone else’s property and had a slip and fall incident? This happens frequently to shoppers who hit a wet patch in a store that wasn’t cleaned up and marked properly. It could happen on residential property due to a crack or buckle in the sidewalk. At the time, you might not have thought much of the incident. So what, we all fall down, right? However, a week later there could be lingering pain that indicates a serious neck or back injury occurred. Now what? Now you get legal representation for a premises liability claim.
In California, there is a general statute of limitations of two years for personal injury claims. However, certain types of claims may have a different time window. That’s why it is important to consult a legal professional as soon as you recognize that you have an injury that another party is responsible for.
Reports & Documents:
Best case scenario is an event that was reported to proper authorities and property management. Photo documentation and any medical records are also excellent sources of information to verify a claim. However, don’t think that a claim is out of the question if you failed to do any of this at the time of the accident. It is not uncommon for a seemingly trivial incident to go undocumented. The moment you realize the significance of what has happened, begin documenting episodes of pain, doctor visits, and any regimen of pain relief medication, prescribed or un-prescribed.
How An Attorney Helps:
Not only is the legal system incredibly complex, navigating an insurance claim is equally so. An experienced personal injury lawyer has the knowledge necessary to handle these complexities and ensure the best possible outcome. Dealing with an insurance representative yourself can also be intimidating. An aggressive advocate knowledgeable about insurance liability and personal injury law will stand strong on your behalf, unmoved by words that might have otherwise shaken your own resolve.
File A Claim:
Even if some time has passed, don’t hesitate to file a claim with a property’s insurance company. Once you do, a property, its owners, managers and representing insurance company are on notice that you are seeking compensation for your injuries. That is when the telephone may begin to ring, an insurance representative on the other end wanting information about your injuries.
What To Expect:
As a legal representative builds a case on your behalf, here are some strategies that might be put into play:
Inspection of property by a personal injury specialist.
Request for any security video that might contain footage of the accident.
Secure medical records related to the accident.
Contact any witnesses to interview.
Obtain police reports if available.
Any telephone conversation with an insurance representative will be recorded. They are not calling you because they have your best interest at heart. They are calling hoping to gather information that will invalidate your claim. Their job is to preserve the profitability of the insurance company that employs them, not pay out every claim. To protect yourself, do not reveal any details of the accident until speaking with an attorney. Instead, ask for their contact information and have your attorney communicate on your behalf.
From Settlement To Lawsuit:
If an acceptable settlement is not reached, the case will move from the claim phase to a lawsuit. Your legal representative will be tasked with proving negligence by the property owner that resulted in the conditions which caused your accident.
Take It Serious:
If you have had an accident on someone else’s property, take the matter seriously. Safety experts report that slip and fall accidents are the main contributor to head trauma. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls are the second leading cause of death after motor vehicles. A fall can be a much more serious incident than the average person might believe. About one-third of fall victims suffer injuries, from moderate to severe. And more than one million Americans report a fall every year.
Where To Find Help:
Dealing with the aftermath of a fall can be costly with regard to money, time and quality of life. If a fall occurs and you suffer due to someone’s negligence, the law says that you should be compensated fairly. Please contact us for a free consultation with a lawyer that specializes in California personal injury cases. Our premise liability experts can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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