A slip and fall accident can be devastating. A serious injury disrupts your entire life. You may be unable to work for a while. There could be multiple doctor’s visits and various treatments and even surgeries that are both costly and uncomfortable. You may have trouble caring for yourself, and getting around on your own. Some injuries require long-term care and others carry lifelong damages.
In our society, the way we recover these damages and expenses is through the legal system. We hold those responsible liable for our injuries. This adds the court system and laws to our confusing and mixed up life.
Can a lawyer help?
Anytime you have to maneuver through the legal system, it is wise to have an experienced attorney on the case. Even in a case such as a slip and fall, there are things we should do and things that will cost us financially. Let’s look at a few ways a slip and fall attorney can help in this case.
- Navigate the system
An attorney knows what is needed (required by the court), in what order, and in what time frame. Missing a step is just not acceptable in court. It takes an attorney to keep things running smoothly.
- They help determine if you have a case
The fact that you were hurt on someone else’s property does not automatically mean you can win a lawsuit. An attorney can tell you what the courts see as “reasonable” in his and your actions. If you can prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the danger and neglected to correct the problem in a reasonable manner and time, you probably can win. The property owner’s attorney will argue that if you exercised reasonable care, the accident would not have happened. It is a strong argument and you need an advocate to argue it for you.
- Assessing and documenting the case
Assessing the situation and properly documenting everything involved in the case is critical. This begins with the accident scene. Photographs, statements, records of past incidents, and documents such as letters sent about the danger and complaints from others all come into play.
Your slip and fall attorneys will guide you to the experts you need. They may even direct you to medical experts who are skilled at long-term injury care. This ensures an accurate diagnosis and future prognosis. Your attorney and medical professionals become your team.
- Molding all this information into a winnable case
It is your attorney that makes sure all avenues of the law are covered. They make sure all the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted. They take this mountain of information and turn it into a legal road map that leads to total recovery of your losses and compensation for your pain and suffering.
A personal injury attorney is usually the deciding factor in a case. Once they pass the bar exam and become a lawyer, they have to gain experience. With that experience, they learn the way the courts work and how they can help you. Of course, the case must have merit, but after that, it is the skills of the attorney that represents you that makes or breaks the case.