Trips, slips, and falls aren’t just surprising and potentially embarrassing experiences. In many cases, these incidents can cause a personal injury that may leave you with expensive medical costs, disability, and loss of work. Fortunately, if you’ve sustained these damages, you might be able to file charges and gain a fair settlement from the responsible party. To better understand this option—and how an attorney can assist—here’s what you should know about slip and fall accidents.
What Is a Slip & Fall Accident?
The act of slipping and falling isn’t enough to classify an incident as an accident. To gain this status, the victim must have sustained a notable personal injury from the fall. Typically, these injuries must result in some kind of financial loss, such as having to pay for medical care or miss work.
Although some slip-and-fall cases can be tied to an individual’s carelessness, others may be due to negligence from the property owner. For example, if you have an accident in a retail setting, the store’s owner may be responsible. If the incident occurs on a residential property, the homeowner or landlord may be liable.
How Can You Prove Fault?
The first step is to prove that you were supposed to be on the property—either as a visitor, customer, or employee. Secondly, you must prove that the property owner knew of the danger—such as a frayed carpet, water leak spill, or broken stairway—and failed to address it. You might also need to prove that the owner had enough time to discover the problem and fix it.
Personal injury attorneys can help gather and prepare evidence to prove another party is liable. Some possible forms of evidence can include photographs of the scene, doctor’s reports, testimonies, and surveillance camera footage.
How Do You Settle?
After your attorney prepares your case, they will file a suit with the liable party. If the evidence is particularly clear, the responsible party may opt to settle the issue out of court to avoid additional legal fees. Typically, these funds are provided by way of an insurance policy. If the settlement is not acceptable, the party may opt to take the case to trial where evidence can be presented and reviewed by a judge.
Navigating settlement options shouldn’t add to the pain of personal injury. That’s why The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL, is committed to streamlining the process as much as possible. These experienced attorneys will review the circumstances of your case in depth to determine if another party is liable. From there, this team will help you file suit and collect funds—either through an out-of-court settlement or more advanced legal action. To learn more about their services, visit them online or call (334) 673-0100.