My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
A slip and fall accident can happen when you least expect it, causing an injury that leaves you with medical bills and a long recovery. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are the victim of a slip and fall to guide your legal options for taking action.
Could The Accident Have Been Prevented?
One important thing to ask yourself is if there is anything that could have been done to prevent the accident from happening. You must consider all factors, such as the nature of the circumstances that caused the slip and fall, if someone had time to fix those circumstances, and if negligence was involved.
A great example would be a slip and fall that happens in a grocery store. If a jar of liquid fell onto the floor due to an accident by another customer and then you slipped and fell on that liquid, there are variables that could cause you to have a viable personal injury case. If you slipped on the liquid immediately after it spilled, it would be hard to prove that the business was responsible due to a lack of time to clean up the mess and prevent the spill. If the spill was left there for a long time and not cleaned up, that would be negligence on the part of the business and could result in a personal injury lawsuit.
Was The Accident Caused By A Lack of Maintenance?
Your slip and fall could have been caused by someone not maintaining their property as they should. This is commonly found in sidewalks in front of businesses that are in disrepair, such as raised sections of concrete that can easily cause somebody to trip and fall on the pavement. In this situation, the business owner would be responsible for maintaining the concrete in front of their business to prevent this accident from happening.
Another example includes a handrail that is loose and gives out while you are using it to go up or down the stairs. Maintaining that handrail would be the responsibility of the property owner, and the lack of maintenance led to the slip and fall happening when it broke.
What Kind Of Compensation Can You Receive?
The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to make you whole from the damages that were caused. This includes compensation for the immediate medical bills that you have incurred, as well as future medical bills that you have not yet had. Estimates will need to be made to settle on these bills before you receive them. You can also receive compensation for lost wages due to being unable to work while recovering. If negligence was involved, you may even be able to seek pain and suffering damages.
If you need help with a personal injury case, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area.