Maybe you’ve suffered a personal injury and you think that the cause and responsibility for the accident is clear enough that you can save some money by representing yourself and not hiring a personal injury attorney. This could not be further from the truth. As an example, slip and fall cases aren’t usually simple, and self-representation is not advised. This is because liability for slip and fall cases often isn’t clear, and property owners and businesses and their insurance companies won’t accept responsibility for an accident unless their liability is crystal clear. They will also do their best to prove that any injuries you’ve received aren’t as bad as you’re claiming, thus limiting the damages they might have to pay out to you.
It’s also true that if you’re representing yourself, the defendant and their insurance company simply won’t take you very seriously. But when you retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney with a track record of winning cases and securing the highest compensation for their clients, they’ll sit up and pay attention.
A Slip And Fall Attorney Can Establish Clear Liability
The first thing you and your lawyer will do is to clearly prove that the injury happened on the premises of the defendant and that the fall was most likely caused by negligence on the part of the property owner. This will put you in a position to possibly reach a settlement agreement with the defendant without going to court, or to show cause to take the case to trial.
Then you’ll confer with your attorney to determine exactly how your slip and fall injury occurred. You’ll document every small detail of the incident to show that you didn’t do anything to cause the fall yourself, like being reckless or inattentive, and that it was caused by a factor in the area, like a slippery substance or a loose handrail. A good slip and fall attorney will leave no doubt in the mind of the judge or jury.
A Lawyer Can Prove Extent Of Damages
The next thing to do is prove the extent and costs associated with your injury, and the related damages incurred because of them, like loss of income, pain and suffering, permanent disability, etc. This will determine how much compensation you’re entitled to, and an attorney can ensure you get all that you deserve. If you try to represent yourself, you could wind up with a fraction of what you’re entitled to, or nothing at all.
If you’ve been the victim of a slip and fall injury, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Ryan Montgomery Law today for a free consultation.