Where Do Slip And Fall Accidents Commonly Occur?
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere. This can be in someone’s home, a commercial retailer such as a mall, store, or a supermarket.
What Types of Surfaces Lead to Slip and Falls?
We see all kinds of surfaces.
The slip and fall can be on tile, on concrete, or on spilled water. The falls could be the result of slick surfaces, holes, or cracked stairs. They could occur because of unmarked curbs, or unmarked and raised elevations.
How Much Money is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?
This is totally case dependent.The cost is dependent on how bad you were injured and the potential conduct of the person who owns the place in which you were injured.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Handle My Slip and Fall Case?
The first reason you require a lawyer is that you may be denied any claim from the outset. This occurs most readily at a lot of these big companies, like Wal-Mart and other big retailers who vigorously defend any and all claims made against them.
Therefore, you might not get a chance to speak to an insurance adjuster. They might simply deny your claim altogether.
Secondly, a major component in these slip and fall cases is determining liability. If you don’t have an attorney, you might say things or do things that may show you were partially at fault or make you liable, as well. This could be detrimental to your case.
If I Had an Injury on a Property that I Was Renting, is the Landlord Liable for the Injuries?
Yes! The landlord can be liable.
If I Fell Down My Neighbor’s Rental Steps, Who’s Responsible for My Injuries?
The person responsible is the owner of the premises. Therefore, if you lived in an apartment complex, the owner of the apartment complex may be at fault.
If I Fell in Someone’s House and He is the Home Owner, Will He Be Responsible for My Injuries?
If the injury took place in this person’s house, he is responsible for your injuries.
Can I Go Directly to the Insurance Company and Receive Payment for My Slip and Fall Accident?
Yes but this typically isn’t advisable. Insurance companies are out there to make money and not pay claims. Insurance adjusters will typically low ball unrepresented victims in hopes of securing a quick and cheap settlement. Thus, you may receive a greatly reduced or unfair offer to settle your case if you are not represented. The adjuster may also attempt to place some liability back on you and that could potentially ruin your case.
In Alabama, we still follow the contributory negligence doctrine, as mentioned previously. This could be utilized as a defense towards your claim.
Again, if you contribute in any way towards your injury, you can be excluded from all compensation. This is where these cases can be particularly tricky to litigate.
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