Slip and Fall Injury
Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
Honestly, the best way to know if you have a case or not is meeting with a personal injury attorney from The Advocates Law Firm. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, we will examine all of the facts of your case and determine whether the property owner where you fell was negligent in their maintenance of the property. Mainly, to have a slip and fall case, someone had to be reckless in the way they took care of the property, and this lack of attention caused you to fall. You also have to have been injured as a result. When you contact our firm, you can speak with an attorney immediately. Your Advocate will know after a few questions if you have a case or not.
How Long Will the Process Take?
We do not have a fixed timeline when it comes to personal injury cases. Typically, the answer to this question largely depends on the extent of your injuries. If your injuries are extremely serious, we would not want to rush your treatment only to have your injuries resurface after we’ve finished your case. Everyone is different concerning how quickly they respond to medical treatment. Rest assured, we will keep you updated as to the status of your case and what at which stage of the case we are.
How Much Will This Cost Me?
Fortunately, you will not have to pay any legal fees out-of-pocket. We take all of our cases on a contingency basis. This means that our costs will come out of the final settlement we can get for you. Our contingency is in your best interest because then you will not have expensive attorney fees to pay up front.
Free Consultations / Contingency
As mentioned above, The Advocates Law Firm represents our clients on a contingency basis. This allows you to feel more at ease when deciding to hire an attorney. You can also feel better about asking questions or resolving concerns with the attorney. All of our cases begin with a free consultation, whether it be over the phone, in person, or through some other means.
Slip and Fall Settlements and Verdicts
People slip and fall every day. Not every slip and fall should be pursued in a court of law. To have a personal injury case, someone had to cause the conditions wherein the injury occurred. Someone had to be negligent. Negligence is defined by the Legal Information Institute as “a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. The behavior usually consists of actions, but can also consist of omission when there is some duty to act.” Under this legal rule, a slip and fall case can be pursued if someone did not perform their duty for their property. For example, if an apartment management company fails to remove snow and someone slips and falls on the property, they could be liable.
A slip and fall injury can happen almost anywhere. The term “slip and fall” references when someone trips and injures him/herself because of someone else’s recklessness. Generally speaking, a property owner is expected to maintain his/her property allowing it to be reasonably safe.
States vary on how they deal with slip and fall cases. For example, Idaho has a “comparative negligence” rule that can affect whether your case proceeds or not. Comparative negligence refers to how much a person contributes to an injury. For example, if you are partially to blame for your injury, this could result in a decreased settlement amount.
Who is at-fault can be challenging to prove in slip and fall injury cases. One question that can help in determining who was at-fault is considering if the accident could have been prevented had the property owner been more circumspect with their property. Insurance companies love to diminish claims by telling victims that they are to blame or that they were partially at-fault. For this, and other reasons, it is crucial that you have someone on your side who knows the facts of your case and can argue on your behalf.
How Would A Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
For victims of a serious slip and fall accident, the accompanying medical bills, inconvenience, and stress involved can be overwhelming. In this type of circumstance, you should consider filing a slip and fall lawsuit. The financial and emotional costs can be outrageous. Your injury might lead to your missing a substantial amount of work when you need those lost wages. A personal injury attorney can help you recover these wages. A personal injury attorney can provide needed peace of mind at difficult times. Your Advocate will be able to help you navigate this complex labyrinth.
Having a personal injury attorney at your side can help you in unexpected ways. Your advocate will be able to save you precious time. Our staff will begin to collect your medical records and communicate with insurance adjusters. This action can help you feel calm amid this worrisome process. Pursuing your personal injury case does not need to be terrible. We will do our best to help make this process less stressful.
What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
To determine the proper level of compensation, insurance companies will use a proprietary formula to determine how much compensation they should give you. This formula can often leave many of the factors unique to your injury out of the equation. You will need to speak with a personal injury attorney to see if this offer is fair considering the circumstances. An insurance company is incentivized to lowball you. If they convince you a low settlement is fair and you accept it, they save money. In this type of situation, your attorney can step in and say the offer is not reasonable, then negotiate a better settlement offer.
The answer to the question of what your case is worth entirely depends. There isn’t a clear-cut answer. You can get some indication based on things like medical costs and other associated quantities. From a general standpoint, what your case is worth will be determined by two measures: tangible and intangible costs. The tangible costs are things like medical bills, etc. Things you can easily quantify. The intangible costs are more challenging. For this reason, meeting with a personal injury attorney is helpful.
Slip and Fall Statistics in Idaho
Slip and falls happen more often than you might think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2.8 million people visit an emergency room each year for a fall. Of the 2.8 million, 25 percent are hospitalized. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration points out that slips, trips, and falls make up a significant portion of workplace accidents. Slip and fall injuries are second only to car accidents when it comes to accidental deaths in the United States.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recognizes the dangers of slip and falls. They have put together a list of things homeowners can do to keep both themselves and those who visit safe. For example, they recommend cleaning up spills when they happen, installing handrails for stairs and steps, shoveling and using de-icing products when conditions are icy. These are just a few of the recommendations people can do to stay safe.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a law that sets a specific time limit for people to pursue a lawsuit. This timeline can vary depending on the state. In Idaho’s Statutes, section 5-219, the statute of limitations for all personal injury lawsuits is set at two years. If there is property damage involved, then the time limit is three years. When this period passes, your opportunity will be lost. Judges are typically quite strict with this timeline.
The period starts officially when the victim realizes they suffered harm. For instance, if you slipped and fell, then two weeks later, your back began to hurt resulting from the injury, this could be the time that the statute of limitations starts. Because of these strict deadlines, we recommend meeting with a personal injury attorney sooner than later.