Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Slip and Fall Injury Case?
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
If you’re dealing with slip and fall injuries, an attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve. At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. our compassionate and experienced personal injury lawyers can help you with your accident case. Here are four reasons why your should hire a personal injury lawyer if you have been involved in a slip and fall accident.
If you’re asking yourself the question — “should I hire a lawyer for a slip and fall injury case?” — then chances are that you probably should at least contact one to find out. Consulting with a personal injury attorney at our law firm about your situation doesn’t obligate you to pursue any future legal action, but the conversation will definitely bring you some clarity about your legal options.
An attorney from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. can meet with you at a time and place that is convenient and comfortable for you and your family — our office, your home, or some other location, including your hospital room. Our entire firm is dedicated to helping individuals who have been injured in a slip and fall accident by providing legal counsel during settlement discussions with an insurance company, and if necessary file a personal injury case to recover fair and adequate damages.
2. Proving Liability
Even in situations where negligence seems clear — when a property owner, for example, obviously hasn’t maintained safe conditions — proving that negligence during a settlement discussion with an insurance company, or to a judge and jury in a court of law, takes significant legal skill.
What specifically caused the slip and fall injury? Were there signs in place alerting you to the danger? Was the floor or stairway wet? Was there something in the way? Was the stairway uneven, or the handrail inadequate (or absent)?
Slip and fall cases involve interactions with insurance company attorneys that will be challenging to handle without solid legal counsel at your side. Insurance company attorneys will be asking you a lot of questions, too — such as the kind of shoes you were wearing, if you were texting or talking on the phone, or carrying something that caused you to lose your balance. Is there some other reason you slipped? When and where did you receive medical attention? Why did you wait to receive medical treatment?
Cochran, Kroll & Associates P.C. can ask the questions that need to be asked, gather all the evidence and documentation to prove the cause of the fall and negligence, and get you and your family fair compensation
3. Evaluating Damages
The more significant your injuries are, the larger impact they have on your life. How do you evaluate those damages for legal purposes? You may not know, in the present, what the long-term impacts of your injury might be, the medical costs associated with treating and managing it, and other losses.
How has the injury impacted your life overall? Are your injuries temporary or permanent? Is there scarring or other disfigurements? Are you unable to work at the same job you had before your injury? How do you estimate future lost income?
The slip and fall attorneys at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. can help you understand and quantify the short- and long-term impact of your injuries, and then fight on your behalf to ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation that you need moving forward.
Partner Eileen Kroll specializes in medical cases, and her medical training as a Registered Nurse is invaluable in evaluating your injuries, medical conditions, and the recovery process for legal purposes. Before you consider any settlement offers, please talk with us.
Peace of Mind
When you are injured, you may not be in the best place emotionally and physically to be making important legal decisions about your future — without help. Having a lawyer you trust to advise, support, and advocate for you will hopefully provide you with some peace of mind, help you worry less about the future, so you can concentrate on the healing and recovery process that’s happening right now.
Don’t wait too long. It takes time to gather evidence, conduct interviews, and secure expert testimony, if necessary. If the out-of-court settlement process with the insurance company is unsatisfactory, the statute of limitations for filing personal injury cases is three years from the date of the injury.
The professionals at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. want to hear your story, learn about your situation, and explore options with you. Initial consultations are always at no cost. If we work together, we charge on a contingency basis, which means we do not get paid until we secure a settlement for you. All contingency fee agreements are in writing, and in Michigan, the legal fees are set by statute (MRPC Rule 1.5).
Contact us toll-free at (866)-466-9912 or use our convenient online contact form to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.